Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Is tracing a bad thing?

Some of you might have noticed that I trace elements of my images from time to time. Is that considered cheating? Well to me, it would if the image looks exactly the same as the original, but if for exampe I only trace one small part of a character's body, is that enough for me to credit to original artist?

Let's take the Leela / Bender pic I recently did. It was based on the original drawing by artist Freako. Here are the images side by side.


On the left you have Freako's image and on the right you have my image. Now it's pretty obvious that the face is almost exactly the same, and the way Leela is positioned is too. Interestingly, the only part traced in this image is indeed the face, the rest was done by myself. I trace sometimes and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

So there are a few questions stemming from this :

Does that mean I suck at drawing?
I would say no to that, although I'm not the best either. But there's alot of my stuff that's 100% original on here. Sometimes tracing can be used to get your proportions right and then you just make the necessecary changes to make the art look different.

Does that make me a fraud?
Well if I traced the image 100% and changed articles of clothing or the background image, yes. But I'm not that kind of person. I sometimes use one or two parts of an original image if I deem them fit to be part of the type of image I want to do.

Should I credit the original artist just for using one or two features?
That's debatable. Some would say yes, some would say no. To me, it really depends on the extent of tracing used.

Is it considered as stealing?
No. I've seen many professional comic book artists trace. Even my comic book class teacher did it back in the day. Does that make him a thief too? Absolutely not. He just took an image and made it into his own work. Just like I do. I never fully trace an original drawing. To me that's stealing and a lack of originality.

What do you guys think? Is tracing really all that bad? One thing I know is that I'll continue doing what I do, no matter what people say, tracing or no tracing. To me This isn't a job, it's a hobby! :-)

Peace out!

- Pat 





8 comments:

  1. No it is not stealing, you painted it yourself without any impression from the second image right? and it does not make you a bad at drawing at all, i think you are extremly good at drawing, however there has been a lack of Marge drawings hehe

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  2. Both pics look hot! Thats the most important thing! Btw, where can i get the original picture then? LINK PLEASE!?

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  3. I wouldnt consider it as stealing. Like you said if you use a small part its ok. Plus if it helps, it helps. I think it makes your images look better, so keep it up.

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  4. You're work is incredible. Who cares what people say. PLEASE more footjobs and foot worship!!!

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  5. It's not stealing or even cheating. I myself use Poser to help with character proportions. Artist have been using tools to help with drawing for years.

    When the photograph first came out Artist saw it as a tool to help create more realistic designs. Many Fantasy Artists use models.

    Your art work is original enough that you don't need to second guess yourself. And honestly I command you for actually trying to capture the series look and feel. Not many artist come even close this.

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  6. Could you please make Marge's breast larger? I'd be well happy if you would
    you're better than matt groening

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