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I wanted to freeze frame for a video and use it for a reference. Can I do that?

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mythos_amante
Nov. 6th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
Reference versus copying
Are you going to use the pose? Or are you going after the image outlines themselves? Is the movie cartoon or live action? Using images for pose reference is cool. That means using the image to get the right angles and correct musculature. But if it's a cartoon, and the character you draw is recognizably similar to the image on screen, it's not cool. I'll try to do an example of the oft-copied Lion King stuff, until someone tells me to remove it.

In all cases, if the thing you end up drawing can quite obviously be traced back (No pun intended!) to the original image, you need to change more of it.
spankedassassin
Nov. 7th, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
Totally depends on what you're planning on taking from the still. At least, in my opinion.

Not as obvious if its a movie with real people, but if its animated, it'll likely be obvious if you're taking the more line for line approach. If line for line, at least say so where ever you end up posting it. It'll spare you a lot of grief.

My suggestion is if you're looking for help on poses, have a friend pose for you. Or, pose yourself infront of a mirror. Its better to go through a few bits of paper until you get it right on your own than to copy from something straight up. And, well, I think you'll learn more and learn faster so you'll not have to reference as often. ;>

But if you're freezing to see how to handle a part of an image, like how the elbow should be or something, I see no big issue in the freeze framing.
mythos_amante
Nov. 15th, 2004 06:23 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't quite have the time to come up with enough examples to really help you right now, but the advice itself still stands. (Both mine and Arphalia's)

If I DO get a chance to do those examples, I'll post the links here so you can see what I mean, even if it's long after you've done your piece.
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