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Reflection tutorial by YannickBouchard Reflection tutorial by YannickBouchard
Ok, so this is my first tutorial! Hope I managed to write it in a decent enough english. I decided to make a tuturial on reflection because I often see people doing the same mistake and using shortcuts that sometimes give a very inaccurate representation of what a reflection should look like.

That mistake I am referring to is duplicating the subject and simply flipping it upside down. I see that constantly! How many times have I seen an advertismement for a product using that cheap effect? They always do that to show you a flashy cellphone or whatever on a white background, with a reflection on the unexistent floor, know what I mean? Like THIS:

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Anyway, I don't mean this to be pretentious or anything, I genuinely hope that the tutorial will be helpful! I'm not perfect either, and there's always place for improvement. The idea's not to do 100% accurate representations of reality, it's just trying to do something that "looks" right and that makes sense!

Thanks!
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Ahalteke Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very very good tutorial!! thank you!! :)
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015   General Artist
You're welcome! Glad you liked it!
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ArchAssassin Featured By Owner Edited Aug 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:icondragonwant: That's GREAT! 
:icondragonglomp: good work, it helped Me very much 
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   General Artist
Thanks, glad it helped!
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Midzu-One-San Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014   General Artist
Thanks!
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ChromaticSkies Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooo much for this ;_; Right, I'm gonna try apply this from now on. 
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome. Glad you found it useful!
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:iconmaikekai:
Maikekai Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! I see the flip technique an awful lot and I don't think many people know about this.
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome! :-)
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Smirtouille Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One of the greatest tutorial I've seen on this website yet!
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   General Artist
Wow, thanks!
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Thanks!
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   General Artist
You're very welcome!
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:iconcliz:
cliz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
THIS IS SUPER DUPER HELPFUL
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   General Artist
Super!
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Cliotna Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it looks like the Photobucket link in your description is broken. :)
I'm glad to have found this tutorial (and surprised it hasn't attained more attention). Right now I'm working on a new picture and even with photos to reference from I find it difficult to depict the reflections in the fullbody mirror that's going to be an essential part of that image. This one is so far the only tutorial I found that DOESN'T take the ''select and flip-rotate'' approach on reflections and I feel motivated by having read it. It's still difficult for me to imagine what a reflected body should look like, but with the little pointers in this tutorial I think that I might just manage.

Thanks for having made it. :)
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad it can be useful. And thanks for letting me know about the link, I fixed it!
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:iconlkani:
LKani Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   General Artist
Excellent and simple to understand tutorial! Nice work.
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   General Artist
Thank you!
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Airiemi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good tutorial I think I learned something ;)
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Katzenfrau007 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very interesting this tutorial! It´s clear and concise. The Skull part my favorite!!! in no one of my drawings´book I have saw an example like this, is really important to know, how to use the reflection stuffs! Thanks for sharing!
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much! It's indeed something I've never seen before either -that's why I decided to do it.

Glad it can help!
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Silvertide Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
This is something I was taught a long time ago, but I think this is probably the most concise, to the point explanation of this mistake I have ever seen.
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Beus-B Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Digital Artist
so interesting many many thanks ^^
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   General Artist
Merci à toi!
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:iconbeus-b:
Beus-B Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011   Digital Artist
nan nan merci à toi pour ton art
je suis bluffé :)
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sebo3e Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
amazing
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsebo3e:
sebo3e Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
np p
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HeavenCanceller Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice, short and to the point :)
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   General Artist
Yup, that's how I like my tutorials. Thanks a lot!
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fastette Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
thanks for that! I usually avoid reflections for that exact reason!
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   General Artist
Mon plaisir :-)
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Ru-Nisher Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow, it has been a long time since I´ve learned something I never thought about before. Great tutorial!!!
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Stercilus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
You're too right. Thank you, it was very useful!!
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   General Artist
You're welcome!
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Aetherya Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is going to be very helpful. Thank you!!! :)
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   General Artist
Great! Glad I could help!
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
Great tutorial, very helpful! :clap:
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:iconyannickbouchard:
YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   General Artist
Thanks!
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Ilojleen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
My pleasure ^^
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dicyfer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Wow, this is really great! I'm ashamed to say that I probably would never have noticed the inaccuracies in reflections like that if I hadn't read this. So, informative and eye-opening! I would love to see some more tutorials from you.
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   General Artist
Thanks! I'm really glad you appreciated it!
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RioSkye Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Wow this is handy. I've always been a bit to scared to draw reflections but this will help. x
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011   General Artist
That's great!
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Bikramhasapencil Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Great tutorial!! Although i gotta admit.. I'm guilty of the advertising reflection trick in advertising class too! Although only because i didn't know any better!
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YannickBouchard Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011   General Artist
That's awright, sometimes it does work. Plus Most people will never even notice these things. But when I see something like the link I provided in my "comment section", wow... I just want to bang my head on the wall! I can't believe huge companies will hire and pay for stuff like that! Well, I'm glad that you liked the tutorial!
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