Spring Blossoms was developed from a school picture of the young girl. Her defining outlines were traced into Xara where colors, shading, textures, and other portrait characteristics were applied. This is the most time consuming step and is the kiss or hiss point. Final touches were applied, such as the dogwood blossom, to round out the picture as first imagined. It is then saved and ready for painting in Essentials. School pictures are fine, but girls with flowers in their hair are better.
The question is, is tracing cheating? Picasso once said that good artists copy, great artists steal. With the aid of computers and software, those of us who were born without much natural talent can still participate in the creative process of art and feel a smidgen of satisfaction when we end up with something worth keeping.
Really well done.
I don't believe tracing is cheating. Vermeer, among others may have used a camera obscura to trace images-