Many people posting art instruction type hubs will direct the reader to trace an image to be used in a certain art project or painting. I've always wondered if this wasn't a bit fraudulent. Shouldn't the artist draw the image him/herself? It brings to mind singers who lip-sync. What do you think? Is this a dishonest practice, or is it perfectly ok to do?
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Great answer! Tracing another person's image and portraying it as your own is quite dishonest and shortchanges the artist who really created it.
Thanks for your input, leroy64. I think this tracing practice may have been done by apprentices in a master's studio, but certainly the original drawing was done by an artist who created the image freehand.
Interesting observations, Edlira. I think that proficiency in drawing is something anyone can gain from discipline, motivation, and practice. I think would be artists short change themselves by not putting in the effort required to learn the skill.
Well, I will have to agree with your remark to my comment. I am guilty as charged :). I am a hobby painter and I rely to tracing precisely for the reasons you mention, also maybe because as I wrote, I would rather paint then draw :).
I didn't mean to sound so preachy in my comment, Edlira. I think it's great that you enjoy painting so much. I hope you'll continue with your work and enjoy every minute of it. I also hope you will consider working on your drawing skills!
I agree, Stickypony! I really love to see people draw for themselves. Even if the rendering isn't perfect, there is something unique and beautiful in the drawing - something from the essence of the person who drew it. Do you draw? I bet you do!
Thanks for your answer, duffsmom. I teach drawing, but I haven't ever relied on tracing to instruct my students. Careful observation and lots of practice are the best methods to improve drawing skills in my experience.
Copyright is also a worry!
Dbro can anyone learn to draw. I want to draw well so badly and do not know where to start. Any suggestions?
Yes, duffsmom, I believe anyone can learn to draw. The best place to start is to find a good teacher, if that's possible. Otherwise, there are tons of great books and tutorials on the internet. The key is practice and motivation. Good luck!