20 Artists, from Photo to Final (David Palumbo via Muddy Colors)

20 Artists, from Photo to Final via Muddy Colors.

by David Palumbo

Artist Dean Cornwell’s photo reference and final painting.

“I’ve been intending to write this post for quite some time now simply for the purpose of exploring the methods of some of my favorite artists. Recently on Facebook, however, I saw a lively discussion on what I’d come think was a pretty dead topic: photo reference. I was genuinely surprised to see that there are still people who argue that painting or drawing with the aid of photography is unethical or harmful. My optimistic nature had assumed this hangup had been washed away by years of online discussion, tutorials, and process videos.” -David Palumbo



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