Bruce, You have me there ... I just heard the stories (while growing up) about the torpedoes, and about the German subs prowling off the coast  ... but my mother used that expression all the time.
from Bruce-
Both tracing and free-hand have their place, I do believe.  The latter is much more satisfying but time is money, as Anne noted.  A combination of the two is very useful when on a maddd deadline. 
And yes, Anne, I do remember torpedoes.  I even remember the war in which they played a great part. 
On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM, Anne Runyon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Thanks. Well said ... and I do like new tools. Not a complete old fogie!
Hi Anne: I agree. We need to refresh our love of drawing every chance we get. However as a business person - Time is Money - and it's just another tool to get us there faster. I use any tool that will help, but not to the loss of my skills developed over a long time. I can't give those up.  If we foster the love of hand drawing, share it, encourage it, then it will not be lost. There will always be people who use tracing methods and it may become their "style". Even in fine art the frequency in which photos are directly duplicated is common. I deeply believe that those who keep at it, keep drawing, will never lose it, it is up to the individual to nourish it. 
A tool is a tool is a tool... they come and go. Drawing Skills Last!
On Jun 4, 2013, at 11:43 AM, Anne Runyon wrote:
Cool gadget, yes, but ...  More robots ... More zombies ... Where is the heart and soul of “life drawing” art going? Annie


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