I just stumbled upon Arty's drawing and noticed the term "Research" on the laptop screen. As I was just spending a good deal of time researching images and information related to my current work in progress I found myself wondering about what sort of "research"... if any... others here do in the creation of their art. I supposed that were I to work exclusively from observation, research would not be a big part of my creative process. For better of worse, I don't work in such a manner, and as such research does play a large role in my creative process. Before going in any depth about my use of research in the creation of my art, I'd like to hear some others' experiences of the use of research and how important... or unimportant it is to their work.