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From:allcuishpa
Date:January 22nd, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
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If they paint over their own photograph, it -is- completely original. What? You've never done a sketch and then transferred it to a canvas/paper/other to create the finished work?

And paintovers are not an indication of lack of skill as you're suggesting, and they are not inherently restrictive. You can add or remove anything you want over top of a photograph. You can have a paintover that looks very graphical in nature, with flat colors and shapes, or you can have something photorealistic, either from one set-up shot, or more usually with a combination of different elements from various photos.

Have you ever compared the difference in results between someone who has some artistic training and skill and someone who just traces because they don't know how to draw on their own? I've always found it really obvious when someone traces something and don't know what they're doing. In the hands of a skilled artist though, tracing techniques do nothing but save time. It doesn't mean they can't sit there and meticulously draw the subject freehand, or use the grid system to transfer a picture, it just means those are tedious, time-consuming methods that tend to really get in the way sometimes. And really, those techniques are better learning tools than painting over a photo. Yes, paintovers can be abused, or stuck to too rigidly, but that's due to a lack of skill on the part of the artist, or a lack of experience. It has nothing to do with the technique itself.
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From:malfoypuppy
Date:January 22nd, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Even the pro's like Boris and Olivia use photos in a projection thingie and project them onto a canvas for the initial sketch. And yeah, you can tell when someone who knows bupkus about art tries to trace something. I have been known to print out photos and transfer the outline of the pose onto the canvas, althout I nearly always change the face to that of someone I like or some supernatural creature.

Yeah, I can spend three hours drawing the pose that looks damn near like it did in the photo. I am pretty confident of my sketching abilities. But let's face it, I stand a much greater chance of burnout if I don't take a few shortcuts. Someone recently told me about a contraption called a light box. As I have not had lessons, I had never heard of it before but I sure as hell wish I had. Might have saved me hours of brain melting work.

I am not trying to harp on you or anyone else here, Alcuishpa. I do appreciate your input because different opinions help me get this into perspective.

I still feel that lying to a newbie is wrong but I know there are plenty of people who disagree.
From:allcuishpa
Date:January 23rd, 2004 12:22 am (UTC)
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Heh, i didn't know what the hell a lighbox was for until probably my second year of high school art classes. When the teacher told us how to use it, i was like, "shit man, that's what i use the window for!" I still just use a window, actually...

I don't feel like you're harping on anybody, and even if you were, i wouldn't mind :) I hope you didn't feel like i was responding to you with that post previously. LJ has a weird system of classing these boards, so it came up looking like i was arguing against you when i was mainly speaking to muse_gnome. You didn't seem to be talking about paintovers so much as being lied to about it, and that's cool. It just really burns me when people act like a particular technique indicates a lack of skill.
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