So I have a question for you all. I wanted to create a mix media image that incorporated my traditional drawing and coloring style, but also my photography. To do this I set up my model in the nude, took a photo and then digitally traced her into a background and added appropriate clothes, hair, etc. I really like the way it's looking, I like that she looks realistic but is in a more illustrated backdrop (ala CoolWorld). But of course a part of me feels weird about tracing. It feels... icky, like I'm cheating. I certainly can draw people and often do. But I'm not to the point where I can create photo-realism, nor am I terribly interested in doing so.
I know many artist use light boxes, which is similar to using layers in Photoshop. I don't own a light box myself. But the anxiety still lingers. Is tracing my own photography a legitimate technique? Is it okay as long as I'm upfront about it...? I don't know. What are your thoughts?