Reference Collection

3D!

Do you need to make a 3D model to reference? Use https://www.tinkercad.com/. It’s quick to learn, and really helps nail thte basic shapes of a character, especially if your’e drawing the character from multiple angles (like in a 2D video game).

Look at the real world

The real world is always more complex and interesting than what you make up purely in your head. If you think you know how to draw a hat, you’re probably just drawing a boring icon of a hat. Look up pictures, steal details, make it distinctive, textured, weathered, lived-in.