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4:21 PM, Saturday June 18th 2022

There is a part of the lesson 0 FAQ that talks about use of reference during the 50% rule. I would simplify it as:

If you try to copy it exactly, it counts but probably won't be helpful in learning to draw from imagination because it doesn't build your spatial reasoning.

If you practice drawing a specific thing from different angles and variations, this is a study which is useful but counts as learning not fun.

If you use a reference perhaps altered a bit in order to draw some picture then this is fine. Uncomfortable's example is looking up a picture of a tiger when you are trying to draw a picture of a warrior princess riding a tiger.

5:10 PM, Saturday June 18th 2022

Yeah I saw the FAQ but was not quite sure of how it applied to my interrogations. Thanks for your enlightment. I guess even if it's not what I have the most fun with, I should definitely force myself to draw from imagination, at least for a portion of my 50% rule time

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