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...
Here are some GOT pieces I've done, just for fun over the last two years or so. Really enjoying season 7 premier episode. I'll eventually post the originals for sale here. The HODOR art was inspired by a song by Kimya Dawson- watch it here, try not to cry:)
Sometimes I need a break from a deadline to refresh myself- here is a quick drawing from S7 promos for Game of Thrones!
I don't do this often, but here you go. I have some ideas for color and text but I'll need some time for that.
Drawn with a flat calligraphy pen
My wife Taki and our friend Lauren, who played a big part in us getting together. Done with flat calligraphy pens.