Originally Posted by !becca
I believe that even if one uses a reference they are infusing their imagination if it is done well. wE interject our story, emotions and questions we want to viewer to take away...
Oh yes, Becca
. Even what's considered "realistic" work generally has a lot of abstraction and the emotions of the artist visible in it. The exception would probably be hyper- or photo-realism, but even there one can probably find hints revealing of the artist behind the work.
But going for something much more abstracted and/or from the imagination doesn't come naturally for everyone. That's why I was curious about Delo's