When I see people who trace artworks and recreate an original design after it or just simply trace it entirely and later on get bashed, criticized, and mostly harassed by community like deviantart, I feel really sad. I mean tracing and claiming it on your own is bad but I also felt bad because this is how I learn and begin my art career. Back in 90s where social media, internet, or even pen tablets are not the norm, I usually buy notebooks with anime pictures on the front page just so I can trace it and create my very own character out of it. I traced every notebooks with anime drawings on it, those text cards we used to collect back in the days, those anime stickers of card captor Sakura that I usually put in my journal notebook like a collection or those Yugioh on the binder.
When I see beginners tracing art, I simply view them as learning art. I agree that if they do, they should keep it to themselves but I also kinda disagree because the beginners like most of us, needs encouragement and that can only be obtained if we praised a bit of their work even if it means tracing. When I was learning art by tracing, I usually show it to my friends or my family and the way they smile and praise me, motivates me and encourage me to make more and develop. In our age currently, we rarely do that. We usually use social media for anything so that's why people used those means to make such share yet they get bashed. I felt really sadden and I kinda want to help and protect them. As an artist myself, we all started somewhere. Learning takes time and to see someone who can't draw to be discourage just because to others eyes, he or she is taking credit out of someones hardwork, let me tell you this, have you ever ask yourself a question when and how you learn art? If you say school, I bet the teachers probably did had his or her work traced by you or you traced some work long before too and possibly developed your style.
This is why, I don't want to promote it but I kinda want to help and protect them from vicious comments that drives a potential artist away. I can give you all who make this harsh comments the finger. You guys have no right to call yourself an artist if you just keep all those skills you possess to yourself. I hope that karma will hit you because you guys are insane. We all learn from a source. Don't think that your so smart just because you think you possess a talent. Talent is nothing without your initial skills introduce and that could only take place if the passion is observed and encouragement fuels that. To take those away from a potential artist makes me hate arrogant artist.
Also just a reminder to people that trace, isn't it that bad to credit an original work? I mean, if that's the price of learning, why bother claiming it whole? I just hope, all of us learn to be fair to create a community without one side benefiting all.