Very often when people see my work, I get asked if I am painting over photos, otherwise known as the technique of “photobashing”. When this comes up, it’s hard to not get upset when I do spend so much time on using a grid system, which I learned how to do in college.
In college, even using a projector in painting was seriously frowned upon by many students, even if you were projecting a drawing onto a larger surface. This year’s student art show caused a lot of controversy, the two paintings to win awards were completed with the use of a projector. Many feel like it’s cheating.
I’ve tried to use photobashing when I first took up digital painting, but the results were less than satisfying- so I stopped and returned to the grid method which I am accustomed to. And yet every time I’m asked if I photobash there’s a part of me that recoils with offense, even though I know it’s a common technique used in concept art and design.
I’d like to know how do you feel about photobashing as a technique?
Excluding issues of copy-write (let’s assume that photos are all taken by the artist) is it cheating or is it the same as using a projector in traditional painting?