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Yes, it would make it easier, and that's probably why it is against the rules. Well, besides that and all of the copyright laws we'd probably infringe upon from people using other's photos to make "drawings."
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I don't think it's possible and wouldn't be consistent with the illustrating guidelines. Perspective for example. Can you show an example?
I think that if enough photo-manipulation was done to the orig photo, it would become a new piece or art. You could always take the photo yourself. The onus of proof would be on the photographer to prove their photo was used.
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