yeah, i see that streamlining photos being the easy way out. there's no lying about that. i just find it interesting that the most detailed vector illustrations are knocked the same way. i can do this stuff by hand, but i wouldn't be able to keep up with the demand within my circle of contacts. therefore, i use illustrator a great deal. plus the few posters that i have had silkscreened have come out really well experimenting with streamline and simple two color illustrations. if anything, the work is changing shape.
I think in most creative arts circles Streamline is generally considered the "easy way out". It certainly takes less time / creativity to streamline an existing image than to create a new one from scratch.
that's my 2 cents. I still have $1.57 left
i keep seeing comments about my use of streamline or that my artwork appears too vector. i really don't get it. i've worked in design for the last 10 yrs professionally and have never had a client crit the method in which the artwork was created. they were more concerned that what ever i was doing for them met their target audience in a timely manner. it wasn't until i started doing posters for local venues that i've had anyone try to talk down any of the artwork i've created for my clients.