This morning I signed up for my Hulu Plus free trial to get access to their Criterion collection. I've been going through and watching films and taking screen grabs for reference to framing and backgrounds for films. I then cross referenced I frame from one of those films with pictures of my kids creating the image above. Reference always seems like a dirty secret that no one wants to discuss. Without it I know I can feel handicapped at what I can do without reference while at the same time feel shame that it didn't all just populate out of my head. I wish more artists were open about these things but maybe revealing the magic would mean audiences would want to pay less or think less about the art that is created.
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.