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... show more 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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