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1. They're an excellent starting point to the creation of wonderful pieces of art.
Auction Win for Odyrah by lithriel Lairanen, Glitter and Gold by Galadnilien :thumb89257601: Beyond the Mountains by Gothic-Diva golden girl by CousCoussina
Shot Down in a blaze of glory by Odyrah Reading by FallenSunrise Nightshade by edgedolls

2.  A good number of them are original works of art in their own right.
p34c3 mini by msdeerborn Sugarlips. by ichigo-tan Freesia Base by Jillianne

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-Leo base- by RiEile

.:Gina - Set2:. by FionaCreates

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MelroseBase by gauche0gallery
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Base: Sienna by chloemalloyart


3. Even when reused over and over again, artists often change/edit them in surprising ways.
the pale man by TheThirdAct .:Tomb Raider Underworld:. by FionaCreates :thumb166362448: Oh Deer by pxl-scr4tch
Vanity by Sir4Sissors Kurzick Noble in Grey by isoldel :D by aerieyena   Doll 13 by xSIRENx

4. They bring people together, creating a collaboration between two (or more) artists.
-collab- by viiolaceus Flapper With A Derringer by atacuivel :thumb79686650: Beach Collab 2009 by DollingClub
:thumb152059404: Dragyn's Steampunk Princess by phoenix1784 Gypsy Dance by tata-s-z

5. They're like fashion templates - the human figure can be your canvas and all you have to do is style like crazy.
NovemberRose by gauche0gallery i see you by TheThirdAct Ghana MDI round 2 by phoenix1784 Dolls.Alcoholic.Set by Bitterkawaii
:thumb74015691: Champagne? by gauche0gallery :thumb152395363: Polca Megi by piximera

6. Making bases is good anatomy practice - an awesome excuse to draw the human figure.
:thumb143118907: Brigh - wave 1 by blood-cocoa :thumb135449182: Natural Bases Set 1 by isoldel

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BASE: Jumper: I and II by Rami-crazyfox
:thumb155460010: Coquette - Medium-large base by RustChic :thumb147613798:

7. They're fun. 'Nuff said.
NephyBase Set by Emilie-la-vraie :thumb165269120: Douchan by ichigo-tan
Mel by abzdragon Coccinella by Nikimuk :thumb129041021: Le Petit Prince by frandemartino Holly Golightly by atacuivel
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:iconmissvampyzdesigns:
missvampyzdesigns Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are awesome and ur right they help ppl who can't draw on pcs, i'm glad some agrees
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Chulala Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now THESE are the real doll bases!
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Rami-crazyfox Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
GWAH thank you!
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chloemalloyart Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist
thank you so much for the feature, a little late in replying lol but thank you so much. xxx first feature for this base. xxx
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K3nel1OS Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Two reasons bases do not rock:

1. Tracing anime screenshots.
2. MS Paint scribbling and posting it in the pixel art category and then putting an overload of stamps saying "LIEK I ONLEE USE MS PAINT TAEK DAT PS USERZ"

But, yeah. I like original ones and while I'm not the best at using them, I use them until I get better and I'm happy with that.
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LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Those aren't the sort of bases I mean to promote.
After all, should the existence of unoriginal and/or subquality art affect those who really care about their own art? I think not.
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CousCoussina Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
I've seen it just now, but thank you for the feature!!
=D =D
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:iconjillianne:
Jillianne Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Hey, thanks for the feature!
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RebeccachuC1992 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
LOLOLOLOL I made this account because of that ~RebeccasBaseCenter
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Nikimuk Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: :heart: :heart:
There's nothing else I can say. :love:
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:iconrieile:
RiEile Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
That's right.))

Thank you for featuring my Leo base.)
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5T1N9R4Y Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know some of those O: This rock I've been living under isn't very cozy either.
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:iconladyhazy:
LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The view from my rock is nice. o:
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:icon5t1n9r4y:
5T1N9R4Y Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Not from below it's not. Believe me, I tried yours out when you were concentrating on your view.
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:iconvayliya:
Vayliya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
<3 Hazy :)
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:iconmokia-sinhall:
mokia-sinhall Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome article Hazy, I love all the dolls/bases you featured! <3
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cabadrin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a well written article, and brings it's point across strongly.

It's lovely.
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FallenSunrise Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Thank you for the feature ^_^ Love this article <3 so much gorgeousness in one place makes me happy ^_^ Can't believe there are so many amazing dolls/bases I've missed seeing o.O
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: :love: :love:
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jocund-slumber Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I used bases for a while, and DAMN did my art improve afterwards. The eyes, the poses... :D... yeah, I used traced bases, which I'm pretty much opposed to now, but still, look at my art pre and post-base :D

I didn't use bases forever, I took inspiration from them for future drawings :)
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LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I think engaging in ANY art form helps improve one's art (as long as there is actually a drive to improve, that is xD). The awesome thing about dolling is that it's free, it's fun and it's practice all rolled in one. <3
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jocund-slumber Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Nethertheless, I love you for this article. You backed it up with EXAMPLES :D
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:iconladyhazy:
LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. I couldn't think of a better way to convince. ;D
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TerresDeBrume Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
BASES Rock =)

The previous article was an apology off Ripoff, and that Sucked! ><
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MaruHatesGravity Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
I can roll with this. It's traced bases I wish people would stop using. Original bases are rad and it takes some real skill to make a good one, and make good use of one.
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MAlgol Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
And I still don't know what bases really is about =/
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MAlgol Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
aha.. now I am informed =)
Thank you!
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:iconladyhazy:
LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Maybe this article can explain: [link] :)
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
bases are part of a fun artform called 'digital dolls' which is basically an upgrade of those old paper dolls people had as children. People provide bases, which are barbie doll style nude and bald figures, and then other people (in the simplest sense) add clothes and hair. however if you're really into it you don't just stop there, you edit the original base to fit your work exactly, adding shading or changing face shapes etc.

It's basically a fun artform that isn't about creating srs bzns art. Some of us (like me) make dolls as a kind of escape art from my day to day work of illustrating, and for others, dolls are all they do because they want to have a fun artistic outlet and aren't interested in drawing or painting.

Unfortunately it's commonplace among certain members of the community to be lazy when making bases and just trace from any anime shot they find that looks vagely interesting, instead of spending the time learning how to draw human figures.

This article is mostly because those of us who draw original bases have been getting a lot of hit after someone brought the traced style of bases to light giving people who don't know about dolls the impression we all trace.
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youkaiassassin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Ahh, a MUCH better executed article than that horrid first one.

I love the pieces you've featured; it's nice for those people who actually put hard work into creating/editing bases to get recognition.
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KikaiSaigono Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
THANK YOU. I was hoping out of all this ruddy ignorance some one would show us how good bases CAN be, if they aren't just traced from pictures and actually created by brilliant pixel artists.

:heart:
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SplatterPaint-Toons Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
As long as they're not tracing and making the bases from other artists' work, I'm fine with it. I don't like the idea of using them, but to each their own.
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ichigo-tan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh hazy you are the coolest!! thanks for the feature~ ;_;
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MichaSan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Even though I don't use 'em, I am an Original Bases supprter. They show the most amazing control over pixels I have ever seen.

Traced bases are just... No.
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Daioh--Sakura Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I love this article because it features original bases, not trace-over screencaps. <3 Pixel dollmaking is beautiful, and has such detail to it!!
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Vaxl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
And, when it all comes down to it, bases are pretty darn professional. Forensic pathologists wouldn't get anywhere without them.
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:iconladyhazy:
LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
TRUTH. :#1:
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ForensicRockinRisu Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
:highfive: Darn straight!
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:iconvaxl:
Vaxl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Thank you! You don't sound like you're defending yourself. This is so much better than the last article. Nothing the other person said was a stable argument, but you even have sources and evidence.
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LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
In fairness to the other writer, she was genuinely passionate about what she was writing about. I think her main downfall was that she was not ready to (maturely) defend herself. Even if the majority of the community will disagree with her, she might've gotten away with at least some level of respect then.
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Vaxl Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Perhaps.
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vajrasana Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job, much better then the original article :iconthumbsupplz:
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Nik-S-D Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Thank god, a version of that article which actually makes sense. I know nothing about bases, but now I'm starting to see them in a better light. If only all bases showed that much effort on the part of both the base maker and whoever uses them afterwards; then I don't think there would be any problem at all!
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LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad I've been able to put bases in a better light for someone! To be honest, I rarely use bases myself but I'll be damned if all of dA starts looking down on a beautiful little art community just because of a few articles.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately, it can be easy to make a doll in 5 minutes (albeit they don't look good), which is why it appeals to 'lazy' artists who don't want to toil for hours on a project, and there are far more people who wish to cut corners than there are who wish to work hard. it's nice to see people seeing them better after having been introduced to them through such a stupid article.
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heartfullofhell Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
wow, I never realized how many people use these things. Doesnt anyone ever think of, like,you know, learning how to draw instead?
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LadyHazy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Was there anything that implied we didn't actually learn to draw?
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zipple Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Does it have to be one or another? Most of the dollers I've met over the last nine years are excellent traditional/digital artists or are at least interested in other art forms. It's not like we have a mindset of, "Oh hey, I doll; therefore, I must never do anything else with my life." Dolling's just fun. Besides, we do have drawing skills. We just draw really, really, really small. :)
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Emilie-la-vraie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do both... Doll and draw. My talents can be discussed, I'm not the best artist around. Dolling and drawing are completely different activities. Saying this is like saying "what a waste of time, drawing cartoons! Doesn't anyone ever think of, you know, learn painting stills in oil on canvas instead?"
Well, dolls are obviously not your thing, now it doesn't mean it's not fun, or it's worst than another activity. I enjoy it a lot. Don't judge too hard just because you are not sensitive to it... ;-)
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CareBearKidd Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Now, these are awesome.
Really some great use of bases--way above the norm.
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