I see a lot of photorealistic works here on DeviantartÖand by that I mean work that copies a specific (usually copyrighted) photograph exactly, down to the last detail, with no form of expression or personal interpretation whatsoever. They are most often pencil portraits of celebrities or popular fictional characters. I used to be pretty enamoured with this type of work and even attempted it myself when I was younger, but recently Iíve become a bit disillusioned with artists that copy (unoriginal) photographs to the ninth degree, with zero changes or any expressive qualities (i.e different colours or more vigorous strokes). I highly value technical skill, but this kind of work just comes off a bitÖsterile.
Iím not saying that no one should ever do it, artists can certainly do what they want. I just wonder what the point of this type of photorealism is? Do you think itís important to learn to draw as realistically as a photograph before venturing into other types of art?