90 Days/Drawings Later
When people ask about my technique, I say I use reference photos and draw right on top of them! So yes, I’m tracing. Basically, I’m taking the key information I want to include in my piece, then removing the original picture from underneath my new lines. I expressed to a friend that it felt like cheating, just tracing things, but she wisely said (she’s a professional artist, btw) that, sure, anyone can trace a picture, but because we each have a different style, any “traced” version is unique, and therefore valid. “Holly, your experience informs which lines you use and which shapes you leave out. Those are artistic choices you make that someone else might not.” That made me feel much better, and quite honestly, more confident. Thanks, girl.