So I read this article on Muddy Colors about tracing today and I was wondering what the general opinion is here?
For myself the idea of tracing seems to beat the entire point of drawing. If you are going to trace you could just as well take a photocopy or scan the image and photoshop it in whatever way you want/need. Same reason why I'm not really fond of matte painting (not to disrespect any Matte painters, it's just not my thing).
But on the other hand, if I were in the same position and under the same conditions (tight deadline, using it as a learning experience, taking the drawing beyond the reference, ...) I could see myself starting the trace things to make the image all it can and should be. I can even see that it could help understand certain shapes that you have issues with.
Still it seems a slippery slope. I'd be afraid that I'd start fooling myself into thinking that I'm an awesome draftsman, while in fact I'm just tracing.
So, do you trace?
Would you ever trace? If so, under what conditions?