Do you think it's disingenuous to trace images used in drawings and paintings?
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?
I would think in a beginning art class this may have a valid purpose. If one traces over a drawing, it gives the the motion and movement of the pencil.
On the other hand, there is probably a better way to teach art. I guess I really don't know if this is a bad practice and could be an infringement on copyright.
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!
It was a common practice among artists during the Renaissance. A Camera Obscura was used to project an image on a wall where the artist had placed a canvas and drew the scene in charcoal. The canvas was then a base for a painting. Today we call the Camera Obscura a very big pinhole camera. Anyway, I believe the approach is valid, but it's not what most people expect an artist to do in modern times.
I find it very boring. If you're going to trace why draw at all?
Personally think it is more than ok to do so. Not all are good at drawing, nonetheless might be really good at painting, so why limit oneself. and even the tracing in itself is practice, once you have done it enough, u might be able to finally draw yourself the subject one day.
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!
Personally, I don't think it's a good idea. When you trace, you're not really learning how to draw. You're merely learning how to neatly copy an image. Lessons concerning form, structure, perspective, light and shadow, and the other important factors that constitute good artwork are ignored. Also, many artists are highly protective of their works and will aggressively protect them. Not only do you face the potential threat of lawsuits, but you also run the risk of losing credit as an artist. Check out http://www.deviantart.com/, and type the word "trace" or "tracing" into the search. You'll be surprised at the response. Many people consider it theft.
Most of the time, you'll find that drawing books, drawing guides, and even professional artists and animation studios teach you to identify the basic shapes that make up the form of any given subject. They also suggest referencing photos.
I use both techniques. When I need a piece done quickly, I will trace the outline with graphite paper. When I can take my time, I divide my paper or pastelbord into thirds and draw it. Even when I do the outline with graphite, I usually hand draw all of the lines within the composition.
This is one of my favorites. I think that it took me about 6 months to do it.
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