Working From Reference and a solid reference gathering session can be like finding a dictionary of words you have never heard before. Working from reference broadens  your visual vocabulary which has many benefits to an artist. A robust command of the visual language allows the artist to communicate with the viewer more clearly; even if their spoken languages are completely different and alien to each other.

Reference sketch of Bateluer Eagle.
Reference sketch of Bateluer Eagle.

There are imagery and symbols which cross over the barriers present in other forms of communication. Working from reference can help the artist understand,explore, and finally utter these new phrases in the visual language.

In this Video I show how working from reference can help an artist make informed decisions, communicate more clearly, and problem solve design issues while creating a character.