On the Issue of Referencing.
If there is something you do not understand, then please excuse my poor English. It's my second language.
The most common notion among young and growing artists (and even some pros) are that (after going through the "I trace to learn" stage)you should start referencing.
Which is right.
Now what most people associate referencing with is to find a picture with the pose of whatever you want drawn... and then copy it directly. They assume that since they didn't copy the accessories in the image or the background or whatever, it applies as referencing.
Which is WRONG.
Reference is when you use images, real props (like a real cat, or a real glass of water ect ect), pose dolls and whatnot to get your desired result.
Like say you need help with feet on and image you're drawing. You find a bunch of pictures of people with their feet out, takes off your own shoes and socks and look at your own feet, ask people to take off theirs so you can study their feet, look at skeletons of feet, musc