Well I guess then I'm the only one to be honest with you here and say that tracing isn't something you should continue doing. Learning they say is fine. A method to use that would better help however would be sight based drawing. Work with your pencil, get a feel for the characters by observing them then drawing on paper what you see. There are even model sheets available where the basic shapes of the characters are shown, working up to the finished character.
Tracing is normally frowned upon among artists, and the excuse of "I'm a poor artist" and "this is the best I can do" doesn't fly. Your backgrounds are lovely, but compared to your traced work, they do not fit and it is obvious that the characters were traced without you even telling us. I can see you have talent with your backgrounds. Now it's time to work more on the characters themselves. Don't use skill level as a reason to half do something, believe you can do better and put in the effort to try and get the desired results.