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Stamp: Practice by MeckelFoxStudio Stamp: Practice by MeckelFoxStudio
I've heard this so many times from other talented artist :heart:
"Practice makes you become a better Artist"
Tracing and Stealing art is so stupid and its not cool!:thumbsdown: Practice, practice is the only thing to do and never give up!:) Anyways I felt like making this into a stamp, if this doesn't make any sense, just tell me. ^^'

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DolphinsKiss Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So true :)
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xGameRoku Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, that's my motto :D
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MeckelFoxStudio Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :highfive:
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slycooper11 Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally! If you say that using base is tracing, I understand why, but some use them a different way, but I am totally with you on the stealing -.-
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raberbagirl Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is my motto for drawing. ^^
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I don't look down on people who trace, unless they're art thieves. I'm not justifying it for them, but I wouldn't be where I am without it. There is a point in many artist's lives (usually at a very early age) where you simply aren't good enough to draw some things. I had a Dragon Ball Z how to draw book when I was really young, but it all looked so overwhelming. 4 steps, but so much detail in each step forward, it was intimidating to me, since I was just getting into art. I tried to freehand it a few times, and they were all horrible. And it didn't spark inspiration to do better, it made me realize how bad I was. No one wants to play a game when all they do is lose. Then my brother brought home some tracing paper from school, and showed me what it could do. And then we traced and colored all our favorite Z Warriors, day in and day out. Eventually our supply of tracing paper ran dry, and he couldn't get any more for us. So then, it was back to step-by-step. We knew we could trace with regular notebook paper, but after being spoiled by tracing paper, we were reluctant to go back. So I drew along with the book, my favorite picture of Gohan. And it was much better than our pre-tracing paper days. And I did it again and again, each time having something better about it than before the tracing paper days. A few weeks later, my brother got another stack of paper, and we went through that old spill again. But once more, it ran out. Then, same deal. I was drawing it almost on my own, usually skipping step 1. And then step 2. And eventually I was able to freehand it on my own, using the final shot in the book for nothing but reference. I'm not justifying tracing, but in the early days, as in, not being able to upload it to the internet and become an art thief, I think it's a great asset. You have to focus just as much as drawing it on it's own too, or else the paper might shift and the lines won't connect properly, resulting in disproportion everywhere. And you're getting muscle memorization while you're at it. Again, I'm not justifying tracing, but it isn't as horrible as everyone makes it out to be. Not from my point of view. Not trying to start anything with anyone, to each their own.
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raberbagirl Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think the real issue with tracing is that people post it, especially when they claim it as original work and/or don't give credit. I don't see anything wrong with tracing either as long as it's private, but once you put it online, that's when it starts becoming an issue.
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T H A N K you! Man, you practically took the words right out of my mouth! haha
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RockstarVanity Dec 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your lovely positive stamp has been featured in my recent dA Life #05: Art For All blog at #fella. Thanks for helping to promote a supportive environment here at dA :aww:
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SoulsAndOrangeJuice Oct 28, 2011
Not trying to say tracing or copying is cool, but "practice makes improvement" is so bogus. It's like, woo, I suck at drawing, so now I'mma draw a picture. Okay done. Now time to draw it again. I am practicing. Okay done. WOO MAJIKUL TALENT AND ABILITIES POPPED OUT OF NOWHERE! Yeahhh no.
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