Many of my students would of seen me use blurry references before. I would usually have three copies of a reference right next to me as a drawing aid.
1. Print one would be of the outline of the reference.
2. Print two would be of the actual reference in colour.
3. Print three would be a coloured blurry image of the reference.
From blurred to detailed
The image on the left is what my drawing looked like after I had done the foundation colours from what I observed from my blurred reference. After that I started adding the details from my original reference and it started becoming more and more to life. It was also easier to add the details because the foundation colours and values directed my eyes to the correct location of where specific details were to be added. This drawing was demonstrated from scratch to finish during a live stream on Patreon. If you would like to become a student on patreon for a $5 monthly subscription click subscribe below. This 2 part real time tutorial stream is available to all patrons as well as all the previous tutorials.