Basically...thumbs down. It becomes too much of a crutch to avoid drawing
from life and can lead to copy right violation. Plus the image is 2D and
loses some of the depth esp in the shadows which the artist must then
However, if the student took the photo or series of photographs and have
established their own composition, etc. It is their work of art. There are
many artist that work with photos today...most as reference rather than a
picture to be copied.
If the student researches the subject collecting mulitple visuals and uses
them to create their work of art without direct copying...that would be
okay...not great but okay.
Working from life or a series of studies from a sketchbook are the skills
that need to be taught, enhanced and made the ultimate of artistic expression