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I've been wondering. What are your thoughts on my current focus on AKB48? 

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Why are people surprised when they show me artwork that is basically a drawing of a photograph and I'm not impressed?

Of course the skill is undeniable but as my teacher said to me “What is the difference between drawing a photograph and photo copying it?”

Art should be a mixture of skill, talent and creativity

  • Skill is learned technique
  • Talent is the God given gifts or abilities we have
  • Creativity is being able to envision something in your mind and then make real

Drawing a photograph exactly demonstrates skill and talent but where is the creativity. Believe me I know, I had to learn to be creative.

I am a firm believer in using reference photos. But using photographs as reference is different from using a photograph as your single point of origin. Reference photos should be one piece of your creative repertoire, along with acquired knowledge and experience and personal vision.

Where is the creativity in copying a photo? Where is the artistic vision?

So, no I’m never really impressed by people who draw photographs. I’ll always think “That’s nice, now go draw something original.”

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Sumo0172
Rodolfo Cortez Jr.
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I am self taught artist but I did study graphic communications at the University of Southern Mississippi. My preferred medium is illustration with pencil being my preferred media, namely the Pentel CLiCK 0.5 PD275 JAPAN 9G Mechanical Pencil. I also paint and sculpt when the muse takes me. I am here on deviantART to share my work but also to be inspired by my fellow artists.

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Feliane Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Rodolfo and thank you a lot for your FAV on my digiscraps + Saff :heart: Have a sweet sweet day :sun:
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RobSRice Mar 18, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you for your interest in my work!
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Sumo0172 Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm enjoying your work from the historical pieces to the more personal pieces like God D___n You, Cat which is a very unique and passionate way of saying goodbye
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RobSRice Apr 12, 2014  Professional Writer
How kind of you! He was a very good cat. Worked hard to be so.  Posting some stuff tonight.
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EbonyClokk Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankies for all the favs ^.^
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namesRUNdry Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has inspired me to do a painting of it.  I hope you approve.

namesrundry.deviantart.com/art…
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Sumo0172 Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool. You did great. Thank you.
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namesRUNdry Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you liked it!  You're welcome.
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JocelynKhaw Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Omgg.. Thx for the points !! :heart:
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Sumo0172 Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome
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Feliane Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you sooo much for the FAV on my Varokke heroes :heart:
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Sumo0172 Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know I love your stuff. Keep it up Myriam 
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Feliane Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I will try and I thank you a lot, dear ^^ The same for you :rose:
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Levia2158 Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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drawwithme15 Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for all the favorites sumo! I really appreciate it!
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