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Why would you need a digital composite reference image?

There are many reasons I make digital composite images for many of my references. The most common reason is to make subtle changes to your reference image that help tell the story of who your pet (or loved one) is. Whether it's a slight change in expression, posture, or maybe adding in details that reflect who they are best. 

Digital composites are usually just a really rough springboard for the work that will take place physically on the canvas or paper in the next phase of creating. They have naturally become a part of my planning process and have been helpful when conceptualizing new work. 

Another common reason for needing to make a digital composite image is when my references are in poor lighting, cropping out major body parts, or are really low quality (pixilated or blurry). To see what references translate best into artwork, click here!

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