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Phillip M Jackson
United Kingdom
Current Residence: The darkest corner of England
Favourite genre of music: Contemporary Classics (A contradiction, but accurate appraisal)
Favourite style of art: Comic book/Anime/Manga
Personal Quote: "Fortune favours the prepared"

After reading through the comments in my previous journal, I feel the need to clarify a couple of things.

First: Tracing. Does. Not. Help. You. Improve. Your. Art.
Never has, never will and you’re kidding yourself if you think otherwise.
Second: Emulation is not tracing. People seem to be having trouble telling the difference.

Tracing does not teach you anything because all you’re doing is copying the line work of an existing image. All the real work has already been done. You’re not learning how the image is constructed or discovering for yourself how to use your drawing tools to create the desired effect. You’d be better off just outright copy/pasting the base image and saving yourself the time.
Emulation on the other hand, be it simply trying to recreate an existing image by eye or (even better) going all out and trying to adopt an existing style, does improve your method. By “reverse engineering” an image, you work out how it was created and gain an understanding of how to create the same effect again, or even improve upon it. Assimilating and adapting this knowledge into a method that feels natural for you is a good foundation/support to your own personal style.


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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner 57 minutes ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You might want to take a look at this.
regis1988 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Well, I guess tracing can be helpful to some degree. It can keep you motivated and happy with the creative process on early stages, and perhaps help in developing fine motor control (as you said yourself: "I spent ages getting the linework just right").

But. Anyone who traces someone else's art and sells it as his/her own is a gigantic shower bag and anything but an artist. Just a dumb criminal. (At least nowadays; before the copyright era it was a common practice to rip off other artists' creations. Just compare the "And with His stripes we are healed" chorus from Handel's "Messiah" to "Kyrie" from Mozart's Requiem...)
Sperit1 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
So im from FJ and i notice the edits
My biggest wonder is if he can edit them so well why didn't he just draw his own shit?
also sorry about the plagerism
vortexblack Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Sorry to hear about that, man. Fuck gearboy
TireonShield Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much like The Boulder, I feel conflicted. Liking Gearboy and Jollyjack I find it hard to pick a side of support or cheering. Can't we all just look at the boobs in peace?
xiao-mao2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Student Artist
Could you link me to the "about Chloe" thing in your newest journal, please? Where it explains her life and stuff..
xiao-mao2 Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  New member Student Artist
PsychopathGod1984 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Is that what you really look like?
Jaded-Shadow Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Yeah that's him, here's a couple body shots he did.……
OlenevFM Featured By Owner 1 day ago
cfk dat size
BlazeDriver Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're banning people in forums and chats for mentioning ebola now lol
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Best devID I've seen in a long time. :D Personality, honesty, and good humor. :thumbsup:
IzzyBellz Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someone is stealing/tracing your art and might even be making money from it:…
II-Eddduardddo-II Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
 let's kill this guy! 
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