I've heard it over and over, "DONT TRACE! IT HAMPERS DEVELOPMENT!" However, I actually tried it and found that... tracing stock photos helped me learn anatomy. I can't explain it very well, but here is my last drawing before I started tracing Now, here's my latest drawing after I starting tracing (keep in mind that this particular picture is not traced) Do you see the improvement? That last picture is only a doodle btw. Just-- the stuff I can now do as just a doodle looks so much better than what I tried to work on for hours before, because I've learned more and developed. Tracing didn't hamper me, in fact, it helped a ton. However, what do you think? Do you think I only improved because I kept at it? Do you think the tracing helped?