“An Artist must have his measuring tools not in his hand but in his eye” – Michelangelo
Why is drawing from photos not good for you?
1. Copying 2 dimensional photos inhibits artists from seeing objects in volume and space.
2. It prevents an artist from judging distance and perspective.
3. The artist does not think and visualize the 3 dimensional nature of an object, but subconsciously regards all objects and shapes 2 dimensionally as seen in photos.
4. By copying flat images, an artist does not make a constructive drawing: there is no comprehensive understanding of objects masses and their spatial relationships.
5. Drawing from photos forces an artist to draw from what he or she sees rather than what one knows.
6. It stops an artist from learning traditional, time proven, step by step drawing methods, which have been perfected by many generations of fine artists starting from the old masters.
7. Working from photos prevents an artist from learning from his or her mistakes and makes it impossible to improve drawing skills by analyzing and fixing those mistakes.
If you get too used to drawing flat images you will most likely limit your ability to learn how to draw proficiently.
– Drawing Art Academy
“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery it would not seem so wonderful at all” Michaelangelo Buonauroti
I am an avid believer in drawing from life. I encourage artists that are interested in working on improving their drawing skills to attend life drawing sessions, figurative art classes with a live model or portrait sessions with a model.