Okay, this may be controversial....
I hate bases. Lately, many of the clubs I am in have been suffering from an influx of "bases". If you do not know what a base is, it is pretty much a pixel drawing that someone has made for other "artists" to use to draw on top of. Like a dress up doll.
And that's well and good. Some of them are really well done, like the ones at Lunaii. Whatever I may feel about the people drawing over these ones is moot, as the original artist clearly put in a lot of time and effort.
But most of the bases people are making now are simply low quality pixel traceovers of someone else's art. One pixel width outlines of what they think the character's body looks like under their clothes. And usually with a piss poor understanding of anatomy. No shading. Basically sucking out any warmth or character of the original piece. The original piece that the artist generally worked VERY HARD on. So when I join a deviantart club for an anime/show/comic I enjoy, I expect finished original works to be posted. Not traced unfinished crap STOLEN pixel art. Seriously, I opened up one club's submissions today and found 7/14 submissions were shitty bases. And 2 of the remaining 7 were simply drawovers of OTHER bases.
My hatred for bases is unfathomable. Sure, trace over a well drawn ORIGINAL piece and call it your own, then tell people it's "okay to use" in their art?
I mean, really. The only person who can give permission is THE ORIGINAL ARTIST. Not to mention a lot of base tracers don't give proper credit, and think no one will ever find the obscure Pixiv account of whoever DID put in the time and effort. Sneaky. And then some go further and insist on being credited, or require no "frankendolling", which is modifying the tracers work.... ironically.
And then scads of talentless hacks draw all over the bases and are all "What, I credited the base maker! I didn't do anything bad!" ignoring the fact that the person who made the base basically STOLE that work in the first place. It was not their place to give permission.
I don't have as much of a problem with people who make bases from their own drawings, but I certainly am not impressed by any of the subsequent derivative works.
You don't learn anything that way.
And it never looks that great, as anyone who can't be arsed to even draw a pixely anime human form is probably not going to be much better at fabric and hair.
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