YAt 12/26/13 11:05 AM, 123mine123 wrote:
Hai guis. So I just started sketching some stuff I found in the internet.
Well I found this cute kitten and thought about drawing it.
So I just draw away and used it as a reference.
BTW, I traced it after I draw to see what it feels like drawing it directly and see what are the difference I between the referenced one. Is doing this a bad idea ?
Before answering that question, first you got to ask yourself what did you learn from doing this? From the comparison between the trace and the copy, you had the copy look at the audience with a flat look on its head while the traced version has volume, because of the direction it's facing(it's not really the real problem but in this case it is because of how flat and unattached the head is). Next is that the copy version have no legs while traced version have legs (because obviously cats have legs). The copy version is really sketchy while the trace is a bit cleaner, this can be fix if you confidently trace your own drawing instead of the picture. And to answer your question, if you trace for a learning purpose behind it, then I don't see a problem behind it but I think it won't help much anyway if you try to draw it free hand again and it still look like crap. Plus I don't think I have to remind you but tracing people's art and photos and claiming it as your is a no no. Same rule apply to copying. What can really help when dealing with reference is to dissec- I mean simplify it and figure out how to make it work with your style.