My friend and I traced things when we were in elementary school and sold them for fake currency to our classmates ;-; Hey, at least I didn't post them online. I was 9, dang it. The joke, though, is that now she's an amazing artist and I feel like a potato.
Snap-Chip-ClipFeatured By OwnerNov 11, 2014Student Digital Artist
So many people in my class trace pictures and come into the classroom amazing people with their "art". It really gets on my nerves, because other kids think they're brilliant amazing artists, when their pictures were CLEARLY traced.
monsterous-partyFeatured By OwnerNov 4, 2014Hobbyist Artist
um, how is tracing fine? there not even actually drawing the picture, there copying the other persons (and yes every picture HAS to have been made by someone or it wouldnt even exist) and then changing it slightly or just downright keeping it the same which is worse it isnt art, there's no way it could be considered art
hence the "but not when someone claims they drew it" they are giving credit to the original drawing, it's not "stealing the other persons idea" some of the best artists in the world learn from tracing, every artist has a tracing stage, later on they don't need to use references anymore because from tracing, they know where to put the lines and etc.
monsterous-partyFeatured By OwnerNov 18, 2014Hobbyist Artist
how is tracing teaching you anything about art? iv never traced anything in my life :/ and actual art is usally now just making the lines and knowing where to put them like you said, people usually use some sort of process like shapes or ovals and guidelines to help them shape out the picture,there is literially no way tracing is art, tracing is copying ehat someone else drew, changing a few things like colors/hair/etc and posting it, it dosent matter if you give credit to you or not, it dose not hone there skills, theres plenty of people who can teach others, or sites or examples. the only reason that i could think someone would want to back this up is if 1.they trace things or they have done it before,theres is no way that tracing could be considered art,and could you PLEASE refrain from talking to me again, it would be much appreciated if you wouldnt ruin my day like you did now
how did i ruin your day by saying tracing isn't that bad?? your either just really sensitive and trying to be silly or your that desperate to try and insult me.
just to clarify things, i have never actually ever traced either. but i know of brilliant artists who have learned from tracing and learnt to adapt to their own style through tracing. please have an understanding of what the hell i'm talking about after reading that massive paragraph below, thanks.
also fyi i never actually said tracing is proper art, but people later on develop their own drawing style from tracing and no longer need to use references like that. nah, i'm not gonna refrain from talking to you. if you don't want to talk to me just block me. i won't be mad, just gives me more free time to do stuff that i like and not have to sit here and educate basic knowledge to people like you <3
it's not really rocket science, when your young (i'm talking about when your like 6 or 7), your naive and don't know where to start. then you go on google and find some stupid cat cartoon, you trace it and then show it to your mum or whatever, now, are you going to walk up to that 6 year old and shout at it for tracing it and accusing that they don't know anything about art and they should use some complicated method of shapes and stuff? if you have any decency, no you wouldn't. tracing when your over 13 is pretty stupid i'd admit, but i'm talking about when you're young. then when your like 10+ you start to draw your own things, you've now become a good artist because you have learnt from tracing, you have also learnt that it is wrong, but even so, it has helped you in your artistic journey. you've compared your art to others and improved on it by tracing small bits like a nuzzle to check that the anatomy's correct on yours and from that your now painting mona lisas. it's a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea. you might trace when your younger and learn from it later on in life.
monsterous-partyFeatured By OwnerNov 20, 2014Hobbyist Artist
wow can you stop now please if you dont agree with a stamp can you next not post about it being wrong, i actually agreed with the stamp so its why i commented, its kind of sad you care about "winning the argument". I honestly dont expect you to understand but im going through a pretty hard time right now and you saying things like this and typing like a 2 paragraph comment isn't helping, now i know your going to probably make some sort of huge "AHA" but honestly i dont care anymore, if you knew me youd know how many things im going through. sorry that i wasted your time, actually in fact you can insult me more, do it, its not like i havent heard it before,how about one of those good "your fat ugly and stupid and iv won this argument" just get it over with i dont care anymore
To be honest...I used to do that when i was younger but I didn't have a deviant art account nor my own computer at the time. It's still on my grandma's computer and... looking back at it... I felt silly
I fill in lineart but at least I actually make up a design by myself. I know that using lineart is for newbs in the art community but I sculpt. And you would be surprised on how much better play-doh is than those fancy clay brands.
I don't like it when people claim that it's theirs, but I do support doing it when you first start out to learn proportion and to get better at drawing that specific species/character/style with responsibility.
I have to add something to this (not hate, just opinion);
When you start out drawing, it's really good to trace so you get a feel for the proportions. That's the only reason I make traced mlp bases, it helps me learn the size and shape of the ponies. However, tracing a professionals work and calling it your own is just LAME.
Tracing as a kid gave me my start, helped me better understand proportions and other properties that I just couldn't grasp at the time. I shouldn't have to say that claiming traced art is wrong as a disclaimer to this message.
caramelliqueFeatured By OwnerFeb 23, 2014Hobbyist Digital Artist
there's this obnoxious girl in my class who says "look what i drew, look what i drew!!" but only draws pictures off the internet she has memorized thoroughly. it annoys the crap out of me. i draw totally unreference, untraced drawings and only my friends care, but when she draws something, the entire class is like "woe amg yer su amazze su machh bettr den rebecca lol".
Tracing and taking credit for the image is completely wrong, no questions there. Tracing and posting, but clearly giving credit to the original image, I don't see the point but I don't really see a problem with it unless the original artist is against it.
Tracing and not posting anywhere can be a fantastic way to learn though. There's nothing pathetic about it and people shouldn't be shamed for it. The only people who should be shamed for tracing is art thieves. Tracing itself isn't wrong, taking credit for someone else's work is. And I think it's wrong to generalize and say all tracing is "pathetic."
Sparky-the-ScraggyFeatured By OwnerMar 8, 2014Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with this one hundred percent. Tracing can help people occasionally as long as they don't claim the art as their own original work, or anything like that, then they're totally fine. They don't even need to post it online anywhere, just tracing at home and then throwing the page away when they finish the trace and whatever they do. Honestly, I don't know how people learn from tracing, but I understand that it's possible..
I agree. (Although when you're only a little kid it is a good way to learn. I draw dragon heads for my niece just so she can trace over the lines I made. And now she can make dragon heads by herself XD)