10 Comments

  1. Lok Which

    I really love the idea of drawing from photo but I now discovered in one’s field or in one’s doing, one has to be versatile and reading this has really motivated me in using both together. I’m gonna do exactly what you said, I will be drawing a nice park background and add people there. That is my next work to to do now. Thanks for sharing this information and I will give you feedback. Thanks.

    • Laurel

      I’m glad you liked the article! It definitely helps to draw from many different resources; otherwise you end up limiting yourself. Good luck with your drawing, and have fun! πŸ™‚

  2. Kenechi

    Drawing from life or drawing from a photo are all good but it all depends on the skills of the artist and also his interests in either drawing from life or from a photo. As for me, I prefer to make my drawings from life other than drawing from a photo. I might make some errors if I eventually draw directly from photos.

    • Laurel

      I generally prefer drawing from life as well, but I find photos are great when you have some time to slow down and really study the subject. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

  3. Henry

    Hi! Thank you very much for writing this post. I agree with you. The best is to combine both. You get so much from being present in the scene you’re drawing. But having a picture makes you pay attention to details.

    I’ll follow your advice. I’ll sketch while I’m present in the scene and also take a photo so I’ll be able to color later.

    I also recognize that we not always can have both. But it sure is ideal.

    • Laurel

      Hi there! I’m glad you liked the article.

      At first, it can certainly seem like drawing a scene from a photo or from life is the same thing; but when you really think about it and try it for yourself, you find that there are some significant differences. So you’re right, using both offers the best of both worlds!

      Best of luck in your art! πŸ™‚

  4. Adamu2

    Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say it’s a must for every art lover to read and digest. Drawing from real life is more preferable by me. Drawing and painting are interesting but some are perfect in drawing from photo. This post has given me reasons to learn drawing from life and drawing from photo. Thanks for this drawing review.

    • Laurel

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. πŸ™‚

      It certainly is easier to be accurate with details when using a photograph as reference; but the experience of drawing from life as it happens comes with its own advantages that you just don’t get from using a photo.

      Good luck, and have fun drawing!

  5. Wealthfather

    Great content and information. Thanks for this concise and thorough article.

    I am a seasoned photographer and I can tell you life itself is photography in nature. I have been trying my best to enhance my drawing skills and I am hopeful I will apply ethics of professionalism to my drawings. Drawing has its pros and cons but its advantages are far more than its disadvantages.

    Drawing is not an easy task but if you have passion for it then you will find it interesting.

    • Laurel

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked the article!

      Being good with a camera can be very useful when learning to draw; when creating your own reference material you have the benefit of being able to set up a photo exactly as you want it! Take advantage of your knowledge and experience in photography, and you can really focus your drawing practice. πŸ™‚

      Like any skill, drawing certainly requires practice; but it can be a profoundly rewarding venture.

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