Originally Posted by NancyJ
But why bother with all that work only to come out with what you started with. The end product is the same as what you started with - so I dont see much practical application for this.
With that logic why paint or draw or render an image in any sort of way? The point of the tutorial is to show one person's (and probably many more) way of "drawing" with Photoshop. In this case he chose to use an exsisting image to draw from (for obvious practical reasons) but it can very well be adapted to a landscape, still life, live model or any other subject matter.
Dismissing the tutorial in this way is like saying that a skin retouching tutorial is impractical because the model is blonde and my model is dark haired. I think there is quite a lot to be learned from the tutorial in the same way you can learn quite a lot from watching someone work in traditional media.
It's very easy to get boxed into retouching and simply dismiss anything that doesn't fall neatly along established modes of working. I think embracing these other forms of expression ultimately leads to a more wholistic approach to whatever we choose to do and will ultimately make for better artists all around.