Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clint Scism Rants: Tracers

According to sources, some of the entries in the Hunting Art Prize trace photos with their paint to achieve photo realism. Why does this bother me so much? I guess I should expect that all values degrade as time marches on. In my opinion, it's the mark of someone pretending to create art.

    • SOnia Semone They don't even trace it-- the paint is applied by a machine.

    • John Logan TRACERS!

    • Clint Scism The info I had was on images passed off as hand painted when they are actually traced and painted by number in a way. The guys who created his own printer is pretty lame as well... for this specific competition. At least he admits how his was made instead of passing it off as talent.

    • SOnia Semone Oh Gosh! Another one!

    • Clint Scism
      We have these tracers embedded in the art scene and in my opinion they are just profiteers masquerading as artists. It really degrades the value of real art that is created with talent. Instead we have images that are borrowed/ stolen. We report these people due to the fact that most of these photos that they trace are copyrighted. If you don't change your trace art enough then you could face prosecution. Most of the tracers usually splash a bit of extra paint on the piece to original-it-up or they simply change a few colors and then celebrate their tiny decisions as artistic choice. lolame! The "Artists" who created the Obama poster by tracing a photo from the Associated Press, got a wake up call. He also traced the face of Andre the giant and gained trace art popularity. I hate hearing him described as an artist on the news. If you trace photos or other people's art at any point in your "artistic" process then do the world a favor and stop calling yourself an artist. If not let's begin calling Xerox machines artbots.See More

    • SOnia Semone I could not agree more-- and I'm glad was prosecuted. Although a deal was made with associated press. It makes me cringe to when I see trace artists. It is blatantly obvious -- and now they have used the phrase hyper realism to make their work sound legit. I had a long discussion on this with a friend the other day. Disclosure should be made at the very least.

    • Travis Rex Clint, any articles on this?

    • SOnia Semone Can I post this thread about Tracers? S

    • Kevin Meeker I guess paint-by-numbers is out too. Philistines!

    • Clint Scism But you don't stay in the lines so your paint by numbers are acceptable. lol

    • Clint Scism SOnia... sure. Post away. I've got rants.

    • Brian Keene Photographs are for photo realism....what's the point of painting it?!


  1. the only tracers i know about are from drugs n stuff.

  2. WoaaH

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  3. There is a google ad right next to this post selling paint by number kits. so much for targeting ads.

  4. Where can I see the tracers? link?

  5. Thats Freaking Funny

    Here is a link to the Hunting Post== I think Clint has a different one for Tracing...


  7. Sheesh! Next thing you know they'll allow purely digital art from graphic artists. Is that where it's headed?

  8. Jeez, people! Uhmmm.... probably you have all heard that even still the debate rages about Ingres having used camera obscura to trace his subjects?
    Whether he did or not, it's sublime art.
    And if you've seen any club membership show, you've seen art done from a photo- and it's almost never good enough quality to win any prize. There is no problem here! A real artist understands how to use reference photos to make good art. A real educated person understands the concepts of copyright.
    Let's prosecute that to the max.