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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsDrawing & Illustration · 6 months ago

Is it okay to trace a photo in art?

If you could draw it just as well? I can draw very well, but I trace most of the time to make the process faster. If you want the thing exactly as it is in the photo, and you could draw it if you had the time, it's not really cheating. I usually trace it in pencil and then draw over it in pen to make it my style. Much quicker.

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  • 5 months ago

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with tracing the face from a photo. As artists we all have our own techniques.

    You can trace anything you want, copy anything you want and then put your own swing on it. The beauty of art....in my eyes..is there are no rules, you develop your own style over time. **** I cannot for the life of me draw facial features. Sometimes it works, more often than not it doesn't. So I become creative in thinking and some time have hair flowing across the face or shade the face...as it does suit the style of art I do...Learn the rules like a Pro so you can break em like an Artist...Pablo!!!

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Of course it’s okay, do whatever you want, but be aware that others may not see it as authentic or genuinely your own work.

    It’s kind of like if you made a pizza “from scratch” but used store bought dough. You can be proud of yourself and love the outcome either way, but if you truly made the dough from scratch, mixed ingredients, kneaded it out, you’ll feel like you really made it yourself and you’d be so much prouder, or at least I would.

    However, if you’re making those pizzas with the store bought dough and selling them to people who love them, there is no problem with that, you’ll sell more that way, just make sure you don’t say it’s made from scratch if it’s not because you’re discrediting other people who took the time to knead out their dough.

  • Sure... :D

    HAHA yeah

  • 6 months ago

    Depends on one's perspective. Do always try to improve and develop the mastery of your skills. But If you are capable of freehand drawing but are in a hurry to meet a commission or personal deadline, do right ahead. I have as well as others, might use mechanical assistance ,as in a grid to transfer the image, use an opaque projector and even using tracing paper. All choices are legit, all are tools used as a means of completing an idea, And all do contribute to the further developing you own manual skills.

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  • 6 months ago

    Only if you do it for your own entertainment .

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4JU81_ybXQ

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    i think it's usually fine

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4JU81_ybXQ

  • You can use it whatever methods you wish, ART IS Subjective. I went to Art s School, did quite well, enjoyed it intensely, love the projects and deadlines.. The Teachers gave broad outlines and encouraged diversity.. but but BUTT! I have always thought the by main thing I learned in art school, was how to Ruthlessly Criticise my class mates work ... So make your art any way you wish

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4JU81_ybXQ

  • Tim D
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Only if you want to attract accusations of plagiarism.

    It is perfectly acceptable to use whatever method you want (in my opinion).

    That will not make you immune to criticism for using that method.

    However your question makes it sound like you are looking for excuses.

    • Debonair6 months agoReport

      Glad that you mentioned plagiarism. Some people seem to have never heard the work before or know what it means..

  • 6 months ago

    Tracing is fine as long as you don't pass off the finished result as your own work. It is not 'your style'.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4JU81_ybXQ

  • John
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Only amateurs think there is some sort of nobility in working too hard.

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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4JU81_ybXQ

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