Self-taught isn't without reference.
Self-taught means you didn't hire somebody to teach you to draw.
Like Corvinore is saying (I think), how could you teach yourself, with no exposure to any other material, like references, etc? I suppose it depends on what extent 'self-taught' is to some people, but to me, 'self-taught' implies learning without any exposure to reference material, influences and such, and I don't believe that's possible. You need something else to learn from, surely, is what I'm thinking.
Teehee!This did make me giggle a bit!
In all honesty I'm not sure I feel there is such thing as self-taught; whether it be tutorials, art classes, looking at other artists/styles for reference, looking at photos for anatomy references, everyone learns to draw and improve their art from from somewhere , I think. I don't think one can learn all of these kinds of things solely by themselves and themselves only. I also think that being 'self-taught' doesn't make an artist any better or worse than any student of an art school or something similar. Nice stamp!
This is exactly what I think too. You can't learn solely by yourself; surely they referenced other photos, drawings/ had artistic influences and such. We all learn from something is what I believe.
I am one of those......Lilacs?
Its a favourite,