While I am a book-lover, Iím a big fan of going out and collecting my own references when possible. It is, in my opinion, good to unplug, get out of the studio, and take a field trip once in a while.
Now, while my preferred subject matter is fantasy, that does not mean that I donít have a whole freaking lot to learn from the natural world, so, when possible, I take trips to the zoo and do life sketches, head to the museum and take photograps, and head out into nearby parks to immerse myself in nature.
Most of my sketches and photos areÖ well, theyíre not bad. Theyíre not great though. The photos in particular are there just to be references; composition and such isnít taken into consideration. However, this particular shot isnít too bad, so I thought that Iíd share it. Maybe itíll be of interest to someone else studying such things too.