Many, many artists, even some of the greats, had tracing tricks.
Like Dick said, it's drafting. Drafting isn't art. Purchasing my Art-O-Graph allowed me to start cranking out art, which an artist who hopes to make a retirement living out of it must do. Thanks for the vote of confidence, you two.
@bbbaldie I am so in agreement with you! There is no way I could do a portrait without tracing it first and I'm not afraid to admit it. Problem is I don't have room to put a projector in the area I do my work , so all my portraits are only big enough to be able to print on my printer and use graphite paper to trace. I have toyed with the idea of taking over part of the living room which is very large. But I'm afraid to even approach my husband on that subject. It couldn't be until my grandkids get old enough to be trusted not to get into my painting stuff anyway, and that's at least 5 years down the road.
Trying to just use my eyes is why I can't draw faces. I can never get the eyes symmetrical...the first eye will be perfect, then I will spend an hour trying to get the second one to match up. I finally gave up.
@bbbaldie ..I'm on Instagram a lot, and there are plenty of artists on there who make a living with their craft, and I can guarantee most of them use some drafting tools or computer programs to help them out.
There are a bunch of artists on there who have published the adult coloring books, and they use computer programs to edit their art.
I'm not too shy to grab a ruler or protractor when needed.
I have a home office with a desk big enough to hold an 18 x 24 pad. I have the Art-o-Graph mounted on the arm, it swings out of the way against the wall when I'm not using it. It will project large enough to nearly fill the 18 x 24 pad.
It was a life changer. It turned me into a portrait artist. I realize that there are those who can look at a face and put it on paper. There's another talent there, a talent that many (probably most) artists doesn't possess. I certainly don't. My talent lies in being able to add the light, shadow, and more recently, color, to the sketch and bring it to life.