my best friend and i are both painters, however she is a fan of realism, whereas i am not. here's my gripe. i was wondering how her figures always have spot-on proportion in her paintings, whereas in her sketchbook, they were terribly contorted. so i asked her, and she told me that when she finds a figure she likes online, she prints out the picture, scribbles vine charcoal on the back, places it on her painting surface, and goes over it with a pen so it blocks out the darks and lights, then sprays it with fixative and paints over it.
i called her a cheater, and she said that wasn't the case.
painting transferred images THAT YOU DID NOT DRAW YOURSELF seems a little backwards to me, because as far as i'm concerned, drawing is the backbone of painting, and no amount of paint can distract the eye from bad drawing. not to mention if you rely on transferred images for your paintings, how are you going to get better at drawing?
i use transferred images, too, but they're all images i drew myself. for instance, if i draw something in my sketchbook that i think would be a good painting, i will blow it up and transfer it to my painting surface, but i think that's a different story.