A few days ago I made a poll for my journal: Is it a good idea to make a portrait so realistic it is largely indistinguishable from a photo? http://arielrgh.deviantart.com/journal/poll/1717713/ What do you think? I'd love to read your comments and your opinion in this matter. As a hobby, I like to draw pencil portraits myself, and submit my work to several groups related to the subject.
Well... I said portraits, and from here onwards I'll refer to portraits but it can be also applied for nature scenes, still lives, and so on.
Do you guys know the work of the famous Russian painter Ilya Repin? If you don't, go take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilya_Repin (Check the Religious Procession in Kursk Province. Seriously, it's insane, although in a good way... you could swear it's a photo!) On the other extreme of this, and contemporary to Repin there were the French Impressionists, which proclaimed that what mattered was the impression more than the full realism of a given work