One of the things I look for in a realistic drawing is proportion and the other is gesture. If someone can capture how the body looks in reality and then can pose it in a way that conveys the right attitude, I feel like the artist has some definite talent. Even if the rendering is a little rough or stiff, I can chalk that up to personal style as long as the overall depiction has that believable feel. This drawing certainly does.
But look what a bit more internet searching came up with:
I don't know what it is, but I just got this weird deja vu feeling!
So, it is quite obvious that "Westfield" did NOT have an innate sense of gesture and anatomy, nor did he work from a model. What he did do was trace over the photo and change a few details.
But Westfield is not the only person out there doing this. In fact, it's rampant. And I suppose for many viewers, it's not a big deal, but I feel let down by the practice. And, if you look back on some of the classic kinky artists from the past, you'll see that a lot of them were either working from models or just had a good sense of anatomy.
A classic "RedRump" illustration, and........
.....a rare look into the process that led to it. Using a photo as a model is a very practical way to get a sense of what you want without having to pay a live model......but......you ARE still drawing it.
Now it seems like anyone with "Photoshop" can be an "artist". Some do it well and convincingly like Barb, others are more clumsy and barely hide the fact that a photo is underneath their 'coloring'. In fact, for the longest time I couldn't quite figure out if Barb WAS or WAS NOT drawing over photos........but then some pieces popped up where it was pretty obvious. That then called into question the earlier work where it was hard to tell, but now became likely.
A classic "Barb" illustration. Hmmmmm, colored photo or super-realistic rendering? Hard to tell.
Another Barb piece........looking a bit more like some photo doctoring, but still possibly drawn.
Oh well......the cat's out of the bag in this one, huh? Makes you wonder about the others.
Now a lot of people have used this 'trick'.......even the legendary Eric Stanton experimented with drawing over fetish photos later in his career.....but to me it just seems more like a 'cheat' than a 'technique'.
Oh Eric, Eric, what's the fucking point? Why not just use the original photo?
In my own (fetish) work I have rarely if ever used a model.......or even a photograph....and tried to rely more on what I learned in 'Figure Anatomy' and 'Life drawing' classes. Admittedly, without a reference, sometimes it works and sometimes it's a little off, but at least I feel I'm drawing and not coloring. (and let's not even get into CGI!)
An 'out of my own head' pencil drawing I did a while back.
What do YOU think?