I have had it. I have fucking had it. I can take no more of a particular form of "Arts" that swarms DeviantART like a herd of poorly-drawn cattle. Tracing, re-coloring, using bases, all of them are things that make you an artist, much like how microwaving an already cooked pizza makes you a culinary expert. This has to stop, seriously.
Were shall I begin? Why don't we start with tracing already existing art? Tracing is the laziest, cheapest way to make something. It's unoriginal, talentless, and is also stealing. People often resort to tracing when they cannot draw well themselves, which is just an excuse. Making art requires practice; not all of it is pure, raw talent. I honestly would much rather see someone's poorly drawn, yet original Frieza, with original pose and concept, then someone's traced art from the cover of Budokai Tenkaichi 2.
Now, let me make something clear: there is a difference between using a reference, and tracing. Using references is looking at something, for, well... reference, while you're drawing.
It helps to make sure you're drawing anatomy/shading/etc. correctly. Artists use references all the time, be it for trees, people, animals, or fictional characters. Why else are they outside and painting? Tracing, on the other hand, is copying already existing artwork or objects, making sure it's exactly the same. It's easy to do, and requires no skill what-so-ever, and therefore, it's lazy.
Tracing prints of official art for Bleach or Naruto doesn't make you an artist, you dumb-fucks. It just shows us that you're immature and uninspired. Learn to practice drawing shit yourself.
Next, let's go to Re-coloring. I'm sure you already know what it is, but for those of you who don't Re-coloring is taking already existing art and coloring over it with programs like MS Paint or Photoshop, or printing it and altering it with markers, to make a "new" image that's "yours". I'm sure you've seen Sonic Re-colors before, red Sonics with poorly added black bangs, earrings, and darkened shoes made by irritating 13-year olds.
It's just as bad as tracing, and for the same exact reasons; It's lazy, talentless, and stealing the original artist's hard work. Seriously, if you're too fucking lazy to draw your purple Tails, then fuck you, and get the fuck off of DeviantART.
And, finally, there's using bases. If you don't know what bases are, bases are pre-made poses and frames for people to deliberately use and color on. This is annoying as well, because it also requires minimal effort, and therefore, cheap. Plus, they look ugly as hell, especially when the doll base looks better than the crudely drawn hair and clothes attached to it. Use your imagination! Try to make your OWN poses!
So, this concludes my rant. Please, practice drawing things yourself if you aspire to be a great artist. Your not going to go anywhere in the art community with a portfolio filled with traced Lucky Star pictures and re-colored Sonics.