Several hours later, this happened:
Youtube link if you want it in HD: http://youtu.be/sz9bXePMWbQ
What's cool about
I'd say yes- if you're talking about photo-referenced fan art studies, it's about as useful as any other photo study for learning how to mimic visual images with your digital brush. Try to approach photo studies in a way that helps you get the most out of them. For example (as shown in the video demo):
- Paint by sight instead of tracing or painting on top of a photo. You get a different learning experience when you make the extra effort to measure proportions by eye.
- Pick your own colors instead of sampling from the photo. Same principle.
- And for an even deeper practice, don't faithfully recreate a single photo pixel for pixel- reference two or three images of the same subject if that's available to you. Many portrait artists do this to give their paintings a more lifelike feel.
Digital Study of Daenerys Targaryen