It's not really a yes or no question...although most people know when they have crossed the line.
There is no problem in using photos for reference. How else would you learn to draw the human form? It's no different than using anatomy books as reference. But when you start using others work, and incorporating it into your own, it starts to get kinda shady...that's why I avoid it all together and come up with my own concepts. But then again, there a lot of artists that I'm influenced by, and you can sometimes see it in my work...as with most artists.
Although, if you copy/reproduce an image, whether it be a photo, drawing, painting, concept, etc. without asking the original artist for permission, or giving them credit...then no, that is wrong.
Last edited by neuromancer2; 11-03-2008 at 09:30 AM.