So i'm confused.
Growing up I was always told that tracing a picture makes you a bad artist.
Yet now some people tell me theres nothing wrong with it and it helps you learn.
Whats the deal?
Is tracing a good learning skill or is it cheap??
It's not misinterpretation you profligate, even industrial designers use tracing when they need it.
Also tracing over your undersketching. Is it illegal in your parts of the world? Call the art police on me I dare you.
>Is tracing a good learning skill or is it cheap??
It's against the law, so you better know where you're doing it. In France, you might just get a fine, but in America you could go to jail and in Indonesia, you could get the death penalty for it
It is a misrepresentation you troglodyte. Vilppu is talking about visual measuring techniques and abstractions like reducing the pelvis to a cube or cylinder, plumb lines and so on, he's basicall saying do 'whatever works for you' when it comes to constructing the figure. He also says that 'you don't copy the model' repeatedly which would be a fucking complete 180 from saying that tracing is desirable.
Depends on the exercise. If you e.g. want to colorize something, then tracing the outlines is useful.
If you want to draw a shape itself, then tracing is obviously pointless as you skip the exercise itself.
Okay, let's start over.
Is tracing a tool? Yes.
Are there rules for using tools? No.
Tracing over something will achieve desired effect. Is it wrong to use? Fuck off, it's my tool you sectarian never tell me how I should use my tools if that reaches my goals and I won't tell you where should you stick your own interpretations of Lord Villpu's holy words.
How is tracing against the law?
I could see if you tried making a profit off of a traced piece of art as illegal....
But simply tracing? Wouldnt that make most kids under 10 years old who got bored and doodled felons?
I don't understand.
This. Anything you do because you want to learn will help you learn, anything you do to cover up your ignorance will stunt your growth. I traced a few times while working on colors or trying to understand why a certain drawing looked good, or what I liked about a photograph. It helped me understand the difference between a photograph and a drawing in that latter case.