When we started NDP, I thought manipulating digital photographs would be cheating, but after learning a tiny bit about photo-editing, it's become part of my DP life.
Fast forward three years and our figure (life) drawing class is having to come up with one drawing each for a massive exhibition to be held in August. This term, helped by Betts' spectacular sale and having to consider mats and framing, we've all been experimenting. My thing has been to select a small area of a larger paper and applying gesso in the small area only, and drawing with different media. This is chalk pastel, but willow charcoal on gesso has been my favorite. While drawing I'm guided by the tapes indicating where I've gesso'ed, but I don't know exactly what's in the final drawing until I peel off the covering sheet and tapes. Kind of like a reverse-cropping? I love the surprise element, which is different from the way I work with my weaving.
How do you approach your photographs?