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what cartoonists do

So I needed to draw three characters sitting in a helicopter.  I know I’ve seen a ton of movies with this very shot, but I couldn’t remember off the top of my head where I could get that particular screen capture.  I was having trouble drawing without reference, and I didn’t have two friends handy in which to re-enact the scene.  What did I do to solve this artistic conundrum?  I took three pictures of myself sitting in three different chairs.  Then I went into Photoshop and made a quick combination of the three pictures.  Results below:three-joshs-in-chairs

It’s crude and wouldn’t stand up to much scrutiny, photo-wise, but it totally worked.  I sketched out the figures (me, me, and me) and got a good drawing to work from.  I’m beginning to wonder if I should start drawing crowd scenes using this method.  If nothing else, it would make for some pretty funny doctored photos.

Behind the scenes, a small black cat wanted to be on the helicopter crew:josh-sambora-helicopter

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