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Using a completed build as a reference for a 2D painting?

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Does anyone use their completed model builds as reference for 2D fine art paintings in oil or acrylic etc as with the many talented folk who photograph their models with convincing backdrops.


I've seen scale models used as references (I assume for dimensions) in the Youtube videos of Mark Postlethwaite or Darryl Legg, for instance.

In some respects it might be useful, except the 'live' lighting would be very difficult to recreate...but in the absence of getting physically close to the intended subject it might be a better alternative than a photo...


If this is a regular practice for us 2D artists out there, are there any tips or is it just a matter of applying the same principles as setting up a still life? 



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