What do you think of tracing in final work (not for practice or learning, but actually integrated in final work). Whats your thoughts? (I DONT mean using a light box to transfer a sketch to a new sheet of paper. i mean TRACING photos. )
30 deviants saidI think its ONLY a learning tool. You need to evolve out of it.
11 deviants saidI don't think its even a useful learning tool, and people should never do it.
10 deviants saidIndifferent.
9 deviants saidIt's cheating. I'm not fond of the idea
8 deviants saidI do it and I have no problem with it.
7 deviants saidIts despicable! Learn to draw!
3 deviants saidI don't mind it, but I might lose respect for someone if I learned that the stuff I admired was traced
if you're tracing parts of your own practice sketches from beforehand to make a more finished work then thats ok. if you're tracing from art-teaching books for learning purposes and then go from there to drawing the stuff on your own and developing your own style, thats ok. but dont just keep tracing and not doing anything on your own. tracing parts from a book or someone else's work for your finished work, if that's what the assignment was, fine. but for regular work i kinda just go "meh" at it. (example: one makes an "OC" of a sailor moon character by tracing or using the original lineart from a coloring page and just using different colors and adding in more lace or bows, etc.) i find it kind of dull. i used to trace heavy metal cartoons for fun cuz they looked so cool. i was able to draw a few on my own but they were the less-complicated ones. i submitted them at first, but then realized how strange they looked. so i deleted them and then submitted my own fantasy drawings(under my own style which i've developed since grade 4). i like them much better and they dont look as grotesque as the traced ones.
Tracing over sketches you've done is one thing, Most artists use a light box to ink on a new sheet of paper instead of over top of the sketch so you have a clean sheet of paper. i don't put this in the category of "tracing" since its your own work and just a method to transfer your own drawing onto clean paper for refining. You've still done every step of the proccess from start to beginning without cheating in anyway.
i know, i used to comment on them by saying something like "oh cool it's chibiusa with black hair and a different-colored fuku" and they'd write back saying "no that's MY original character [name]". i'd be like, yer kidding me right?!
Depends on what we mean by 'tracing' I suppose. If you mean using other people's photos to create the base of your own drawings/paintings directly copying the image, then yeah it's bad. But that's less to do with the actual 'tracing' and more to do with stealing the original work and passing it off as your own (not much different than taking someone's work and photoshopping it slightly and claiming it as your own creation). But as for tracing as a tool? Well, many renaissance painters and on through history used image projection and other forms of tracing to do the initial stages of drawing in preparation for a painting. If it is all your own compositions and stagings of photos/projections, then it honestly doesn't bother me as that is just another tool. It's only when it requires you to take someone else's work to do it that it's crossing the moral line, in my opinion. So basically, if you are tracing your own composition and photos, then I don't see a problem whatsoever. Tracing itself isn't wrong, it's the stealing of other's hard work that is.
So you think tracing a photo is okay if its your photo? that doesn't bother you at all? It surely bothers me. It takes years of practice and hard work to become a competent artist and learn anatomy and drawing and form, shape, and develop a style. I think tracing a photo you took, or tracing a photo of someone elses renders out as the same dead work in the end.
Tracing over sketches you've done is one thing, Most artists use a light box to ink on a new sheet of paper instead of over top of the sketch so you have a clean sheet of paper. i dont put this in the category of "tracing" since its your own work and just a method to transfer your own drawing onto clean paper for refining. You've still done every step of the proccess from start to beginning without cheating in anyway.