Does a photograph tell the whole story? Is the visual story enhanced when a photo becomes the reference source for an illustration?
We are used to the painting tool which Photoshop brings to the table. A photograph becomes a clone source.
Here’s an interesting news feature on how a soldier-artist carries on a military tradition of capturing the story of defense events in traditional media. Yet, he often starts with a digital photographic reference.
Thank you for sharing this fascinating story about Sgt. Munoz, and his art of combat, capturing soldiers in action. He is a very talented artist. Yes, since he captures a digital photo to use as a reference, I wonder if he displays it on a lap top as he draws, or if he prints his references to look at?
For some illustration and fine art works, I paint with various traditional media, for others, I use a Wacom tablet and digital brushes in Photoshop. For both situations, I display my references around to look at and refer to prints of the references and occasionally display them on a monitor.
In answer to your question: In my opinion, a well composed photograph can tell the whole story. But with certain subjects, a digital illustration can convey more powerful emotion, as a gifted artist communicates their feelings as they paint or create a collage illustration that tells a story.