I'm new to the digital medium and I've just realized it's really easy to trace anything. So I was wondering...
- When is okay to trace?
- When should you trace?
- Can you learn from tracing?
Like I was watching a clothed figure drawing tutorial on youtube and he starts out by tracing the gesture of the pose in the photo. Also, in some of the speedpainting celebrity videos, it looks like they're painting on top of a tracing or something. Is there anything wrong with that if you're just doing it for practice? Is it a bad habit that will make you a lesser artist? Its so easy that it seems like there should be something wrong with it. Like ppl using the cloner with clone color.
In real life, if I was doing a portrait, I'd spend at least the first hour getting the outline and proportions right first. In digital, I got the picture right here in front of me so I'm having difficulty coming up with a reason why I shouldn't just trace the picture if I'm just doing this for practice. I mean, isn't the only reason you wouldn't trace, when practicing figure drawing or portraiture from photos, is simply for hand-eye coordination practice?