Let's Examine Tracing.Anyone who knows any serious artist, or even a talented non-serious artist, knows the general stance on tracing stuff that isn't yours: Don't do it.
But why? WHY IS TRACING SO WRONG? Why is drawing Totoro from memory infinitely better than eyeballing work someone else has done? The argument seems to be that people learning how to draw should be allowed to trace or otherwise copy someone else's work by eyeballing it. But if you don't encourage originality, you get people who never STOP copying other people's work. You get fantastic artists who ONLY DRAW what they can look at directly. You learn amazing technical skills from looking at something and copying it, but you don't put any life into your art. You kill your creativity and your talent.
To be fair, everything drawn is referenced from something. But there is a difference between going to Getty images to see how the form of a foot is created so you can draw it accurately, and copying the entire drawing, including the foot.
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