I have long admired an artist who I believe to be one of the all-time great geniuses in the use of color, as well as a virtuoso of the brush. But one thing bothers me. I have analyzed art and artists all my life, have been an illustrator and painter, and I have become convinced that I can tell the difference between a line that is drawn freehand and one that is traced. In one of this artist's books I see on two pages a line that delineates with photographic perfection and no corrections every nuance of the form. On another page and in a dvd of his I see a struggle to find the form and a result that is not photographically accurate. In my lifetime of studying art, including the Old Masters I have never seen an artist who could draw without correction a photographically accurate depiction of a subject. I have no problem with someone tracing a projected image if they disclose the fact, but this artist tells tracers that they are the lowest form of life. I don't know whether or not he traces, but from the clues I've given, is there anyone who can identify the artist (not publicly) and tell me; does he or doesn't he?