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No Shame In Tracing
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Published: March 24, 2014
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So, from time to time, I bomb around DeviantArt, looking for new Evo Fan Art to add to the club collection. And one thing I see a lot is stuff like this.

Now-- She claims she didn't trace. That she "makes her own stuff." I, personally, don't see anything wrong with tracing. It's a way of learning to draw, especially if you learn to do it free hand (by looking at the source material off to one side, and recreating it on your own paper). It's an excellent way to develop your eye as an aspiring artist, and a good way to develop new techniques, if you're trying to broaden your style horizons. It's also just a fun way to create fan art of things that wouldn't otherwise exist.

The problem with drawings like this come when they "Forget" or otherwise neglect to source their material. Sometimes people just don't realize that they should be sourcing material, and they quickly rectify that, when reminded. Others... dig their heels into the ground and continue to insist that the drawings are 100% their own work. And then they turn off comments on all their drawings so you can't call them out on it any more.  I'm sorry, but if your picture couldn't exist without the original, then you need to cite your sources. When your pictures are SO SIMILAR to the original that I can recognize the screen cap you're working from just from the thumb nail, it doesn't MATTER how you created it; YOU NEED TO CITE YOUR SOURCES.

Otherwise, you are an art thief. Plain and simple.

Remember, folks. There is NO SHAME in tracing, and anyone who tries to shame you for it is an asshole. The shame comes when you refuse to credit your sources. That's when you turn into the lowest of the low, in the artistic community. That's when you turn into a thief.
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Yami-Neko-Tsuki's avatar
. . . . I thought a few of the ones on the left WERE screenshots at first.
JuubinoRyuu's avatar
Glad this delivered the message without demeaning those who trace,
You madam are a lady and a scholar. c:
muffinelf's avatar
* hasn't slept in 24 hours doing deep cleaning for apartment checks, then pulled a 7 hour shift * .....Oh, what luck!Something to stay conscious for, and actually made me giggle for the first time in DAYS  XD;;;;

FUCK yes! She LIVES !
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Huzzah madam!
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