What means reference image?
Photo-referencing in visual art is the practice of creating art based on a photograph. Almost all artists will photo-reference at some point; even if not in their daily work, artists may photo-reference as part of their training, to improve their artistic eye.
Is it bad to draw from reference?
Is drawing from reference bad? No. But as an artist, you need to realize that using reference can become a crutch that you lean on too heavily. If you are trying to create an illustration that is an exact copy of a photograph, then using a reference to do so is fine.
Is it bad to draw from photos?
If you rely heavily on a photo that is not successful on its own, then the resulting drawing or painting will not likely be successful either. Because creating successful reference photos can be difficult, you may find yourself turning to professional photographs.
Is drawing from a photo cheating?
Looking and photos, even drawings, is a way to check your work. Unless your talking about tracing over it or copying it exactly (think word for word) then that’s cheating. What does “line quality” mean in art?