Sorry for the confusing title - but hear me out, I think this would be good discussion (and if anyone can suggest a better title then let me know!)
So, I was wanting to paint a picture of my friend, and he's an Photographer, and he took a great picture of himself - which inspired me to use as reference - thing is, if I paint him, I'll be using that picture as a reference - but I'll just copy what's on the photograph - so what is the point in painting it in the first place?
So how do we use references or combine them to create new scenes/images - if I wanted to paint him, in different lighting or a different pose, (urgh, this is so hard for me to explain) ....basically, I don't want the painting to be a direct rip from the photo, it isn't very creative. Is it? Sure, I could painting in a nice background and change the colour scheme...still isn't different enough?
Example - I want to paint a picture of the character George from Being Human :
I could always get a reference picture of George, from a promo shoot and copy that ...but like I said above, it's not what I want to do.
So how do I go about creating a whole different image - how can I create my own lighting and expression - for example, I don't want to paint him with that kind of expression...
I'm being totally unclear here, sorry. Can someone help? :|