Using Photo Reference in comics!

It may surprise you to know I use photo reference on a regular basis. Mostly, I'm looking at poses, balance and body language. But sometimes I'll actually trace (yes TRACE!) a photo for help. Sometimes, like here, I need help because I don't feel like I'm nailing an important shot. Other times it's because I'm running on E... just tired, so tracing a photo becomes my figure  "breakdown" but no matter WHY I'm using a photo or how, I never let the photo dictate my drawing or style. Above is an example of how I used it for this page. In this case I wanted a very specific pose, so I used myself. This is just the way I use it, there is no right or wrong way. How do you do it?

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