Hi everyone. Please Help...
I have a friend (best friend) who is an amazing artist, and I am
now second in the "best artist of the school" category.
He can pretty much draw like proffesional comic artists, without using
any reference. The only thing I have over him is "lettering".
See the thing is, is that he has used reference his whole life, looking
at pictures since he was little (he is now 19, I am 18 ). He says it's
photographic memory; that he can think of a picture in his head and
put it down on the paper do to using reference in his earlier years I suspect....
I always thought using any type of reference, tracing, etc. was
cheating, and not original....
Is using Reference that important?
What should I do now?
Is there such thing as Photographic Memory such as this?
Thank you for your time and answers.