Your thoughts are stupid.
hey guess what anon
you kind of need to use photos to make a truly photorealistic portrait.
note the “photo” part. it’s part of the word “photorealistic.” As in, that’s what photorealistic painters use as reference in their paintings. You could make an “original character,” but to get the photorealistic effect that Euclase gets, it would either need to be based off of an actual person, or cobbled together from various photo references, because that’s how it works if you want to achieve that result.
and also guess what, it takes a TON of skill and talent to pull that off. It is super fricking hard and takes a lot of hard work.
also guess what. no one cares what you personally would like to see, or what you personally think is a test of talent. No one is obligated to perform to your specifications.