Drawing from life has no match. Nothing comes close to it. Drawing from a good photograph, which I’ve done many times and love doing, can provide a rich supply of visual information from which one makes a picture. But drawing from life is to photography what looking at pictures is to being somewhere yourself. I can look at a book on France all day, but it will not compare with travel.
Drawing from a photograph is an art exercise. You can try out different techniques. It can be quite inventive. Most the drawing I do of figures I do from photography these days since it’s difficult finding someone to pose. But a drawing from life is a completely different experience. Sometimes just getting the “likeness” — or even getting the “image” — can be exceedingly difficult.
A model moves. Even a model who knows how to pose well moves subtly. But more…
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