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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. :iconyoudontsayplz: 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.
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Aka-DenSuFreak Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't have a problem with the bases but the re-coloring is a BIG no! I really don't like it, lots of artists take a lot of time and effort to draw, color and edit their pictures, then you have these people come along and take it to recolor it and claim it as their art. This is really unacceptable and I know these artists work very hard, I draw and color my art on computer and I know that this takes FOREVER to get my pictures to look good (my art isn't great as the other artists but I'm learning) Not to mention that arm gets tired whenever I draw my pictures.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Yes exactly. It's lazy as hell and it's also art theft. 
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Aka-DenSuFreak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What pisses me off the most is when when they re-color and post it to DeviantArt, the people who recolors, they get good comments like "OMG! That is so nice!" or "Nice job!". Uh hello! People realize that is stealing someone else's art!
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because this community is immature and criticism = HATUR 

Even if it's art theft you're not allowed to say something even remotely negative it's ridiculous 
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Aka-DenSuFreak Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is ridiculous! I've saw someone steal art before and someone reported it for art theft and what does DeviantArt do? Nothing.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah basically.

If you want art taken down you need a group of people to report it with you, and a link to the original art that was colored over 
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Aka-DenSuFreak Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hunh...so that's basically why we have a whole bunch of re-colored pics.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes basically.
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DoomMarine58 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Fight the good fight bro.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh trust me, I'm up people's asses about this when I see it. This shit isn't art.
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DoomMarine58 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Yeah I had a run in with a band of recolors pretending to be base users attempting to troll me and failing at it. What really kills me is how angry these users get when you call them out on it. What is they're mentality?
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From my experience, they're all extremely immature. Seriously? "Trolling" you? Do they even know what that term even means?...
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DoomMarine58 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Yep, I even leave links to the works they copy in the comments section and all they do is delete them and send their retarded friends to my profile.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, I've been there before. They all BAWWW about it to their little friends and try to rig together a little army to "troll" you or so they can all complain about it....

The worst part is that the Admins are fucktards and won't respond/delete/blame you/ ect. your submission if you report them.
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DoomMarine58 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Hey these losers Bobkitty23 and RikuUchiha888 (a bunch of talentless tracers) are trying to "troll" me again, feel free to get in on the action.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How pathetic.

I would suggest just ignoring their whiny asses, they're just desperate for attention and "vengeance"
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NeonGhost-Kitty Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(I know this is a might late but here's my comment xD) I'm glad you wrote this. I can't agree more! I might not be the "greatest" artist around but I draw it myself,Not trying to pass off someone elses's work as my own.
I never recolored before but they are sooo ugly and wrong I'm glad I haven't. 0.o I do have to admit I look at poses to get ideas for mine...
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not late at all, I always appreciate comments. :D

That's very good to hear, I never recolored or traced either. It's so unethical and lazy.
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NeonGhost-Kitty Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I see someone's "work" that has been traced/recolored ECT.
I can't help but to wonder how it would look if they actually took their sweet time to draw it.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It'd probably look like shit.

I mean, why else are they tracing and recoloring?
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NeonGhost-Kitty Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a point there! :XD:
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconbiggrinplz:
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SSJGOKU10 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more. Well said
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank-you :D
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FriezasLuver4Life Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont do this shtuff , but i kinda took the 13 year old thing offencive for some reason , although sometimes i re-draw excisting pics , i dont trace them ,and take no credit , and dont know if that makes me a bad person or not
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You need to give the original artist credit if you're re-drawing their art. But, still, try to be original and make your own things, THAT'S what I'd like to see from you :D

Also, please don't let my rants offend you. My rants are to prove sharp, strong point. It might come off as rude or heavy-handed, but I like to speak what's on my mind without having to sugarcoat it.
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FriezasLuver4Life Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok , btw i do do my own creative shtuff , but i have fun re drawing others to to see how well i can do it , and i do give credit ,either to where i may have found it ,but only i i dont no who did the original ,and its fine i respect that u like to say what is on your mind
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's perfectly fine then :D
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FriezasLuver4Life Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
phew good , oh also , my new CellxFrieza pic is almost ready ,i i took o the 1st version on this one i think will look a whole lot better :la:
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good! I'm working on two CellXFrieza pics as well. One is cute, the other isn't allowed on the site 'cuz it's naughty :devilish:
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FriezasLuver4Life Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooo ;P cant wait to see them
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Dorrica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. Can't stand re-colors and bases. But I think what I hate on this site more than anything is the demotivational posters. Can't stand those things. If everything was created by the artist, then that's fine, but 9 times out of 10, all they did was snatch a screenshot or stole a bunch of images off Google and then added the text.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that annoys me too, but only if that's ALL they do. If artist who usually make art created themselves decides to create one for a quick joke or to prove a point, that's fine. It's when people join this site and make NOTHING but them ( and unfunny ones to boot!), and expects them to be treated like "true" art that took time to make, THAT'S when I hate them.
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Dorrica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm only okay with them if they actually drew the image themselves. Otherwise, it's theft and against the rules.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's true.

Or photographed the image themselves as well.
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Dorrica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yep :)
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Equally as annoying: People who take photographs of themselves being emo and/or their boobs/junk, and calling it "art" :iconfacepalmplz:
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Dorrica Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fuck yes :iconimhorrifiedplz: I hate that.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pics of your titties is not artistic nudity, ya dumb whores. Artistic Nudity needs symbolism or a reason in order to be "artistic" :iconraegplz:
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50shadesofPitchBlack Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^; Heh..been there done that. But that was when I was just starting out ._. I...took a sonic screenshot and inverted the colors like a noob. But now I draw on my own...using references :c I try to not use references and...everything comes out like crap ._. And you should mention those doll makers as well. Sure they help us, but the point is to not submit them in your gallery, use it to help then draw the character yourself.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See? You learned better.

I started drawing since I was 6. I never liked the idea of tracing, mainly because it constrained my creative freedom, it forced me to make something exact. I liked to draw what I imagined, not what was on a screen or book. The more I drew, and practiced, the better I became.

And 11 years later, I still stuck with that idea :D
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50shadesofPitchBlack Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Same...I...use to draw stick figures...with boobs c: Now I draw them without boobs...I am lame :la:
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're not lame; anything's better than tracing or re-coloring
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50shadesofPitchBlack Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D True dat.
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ooCupcake256xx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist
You know, funny story. Some of my super old artwork is tracing themselves. I would find a picture, tape a piece of paper onto my computer screen, and trace it up. Sometimes, I would even use a picture as a base to draw something else. I was like, what, 9-10 years old? I wasn't in drawing thing on my own so my juvenile mind told me that tracing art was another alternative I could use. But then I started to come up with ideas of my own that I could never find the pose to use, so hense then I started to draw on my own around 2009 ^^ '

You know, I don't think that people use bases for the sole purpose that they can't think up their own poses. I think another reason is because they have trouble drawing the pose themselves. They try many upon many of time, but they just can't get the proportions correct. But I suppose that's still not a valid excuse. Instead of using the base to trace over, maybe use it as reference to practice the pose yourself.
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthisplz:
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ooCupcake256xx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist
:iconisplz:
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Rosemary-the-Skunk Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconwplz::iconiplz: :iconnplz:
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ooCupcake256xx Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist
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