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Bases are Shit by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me Bases are Shit by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me
Seriously, if you use bases, you're not just cheating on art, you're cheating on yourself.

Edit: Why, yes... it's in groups for bases. Whodathunk! :roll:
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:iconnialicious2:
nialicious2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I don't get it. Bases help people. I get that it's your opinion but still alot of people use bases.
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frontierNexus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, the virtual tracing paper/coloring book.
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Then tell me, have you ever used an image for reference to draw something? If you did, according to you, that's CHEATING too! I agree that some people don't do much effort while using bases, but for most people, bases are used to practice drawing skills, especially on difficult poses, and or for reference of how to draw such pose! Exactly like Stock photos. That's my case, I use bases and stock images as reference for difficult poses on traditional art!

So, stop being such whining bitch, and use your brain a little!
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Goodranite Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Are you stupid? He's talking about people that just take a blank version of something(Pony bases, sonic bases, etc.), filling it in with the bucket tool with random colors, and calling it art. He's not talking about people that learn from tracing and eventually doing it on their own.
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
First, no, I'm not stupid; Second, if you read carefully, he wasn't talking in just that case! He is saying that no one can learn from bases! Read the other comments carefully first, before insulting people!
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dokipuff112102 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use a mouse, and I use bases, and I don't find it to be art theft or cheating, but if you do, then that's your opinion.
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Pandadrake Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Art isn't a competition, lol. The only cheating is stealing art and putting your own name or a price tag on it.

  There's nothing wrong with using something that a nice artist made to help the newbies get their ideas out. That's like saying using references is cheating.
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Dusk-deerfluff Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I started out with bases and slowly stopped using them..
It's just when some people are younger they tend to use bases.
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squishMuffin23 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Here's how it goes. A lot of people start out as base artists on DeviantART. I was one way back in middle school, but I'm in college now. It comes to a certain point where people realize that there is absolutely NOTHING CREATIVE OR ORIGINAL ABOUT USING BASES. When you're young it's understandable. You're still learning. But eventually you gotta grow up.
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Jay-The-Demon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Well its your opion I personaly use bases cause I suck at drawing. But if you don't like bases I wont juge.
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:iconkilljoy515:
Killjoy515 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student General Artist
i think that bases help many people, including myself, to help hone their skills. no need to generalise so negatively.
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Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh especially people who use them all the time
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:icondaisykittyartist:
DaisyKittyArtist Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can draw, but I use bases for fun...
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Rexyky19 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
jack ass has it ever occured to you that new artists use bases to hone their skills
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XMonochrome-NimbusX Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bases don't help you draw. Yes, they are fun to use every once in a while, but they don't hel you improve. PRACTICE, people. It's called DeviantART, not DeviantFive-second-edits-of-a-Rozen-Maiden-base.
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, they help some people to learn how to draw bodies, so shut up!
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XMonochrome-NimbusX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, no. People should learn how to draw their own bodies. Not scribble on a traced base.
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HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do think that everyone scribbles over the base? Some people just use it as a reference pic for the pose! So yes, it helps you learn!
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XMonochrome-NimbusX Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IMO it doesn't.
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:iconheartstorm4ever:
HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're a block head, aren't you?
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XMonochrome-NimbusX Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. I don't block people over the littlest things.
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AlexHeart6742 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I accept your opinion and I respect it, however it takes a lot of effort to make base drawings good. I myself don't use bases as they were intended. I am not the best at drawing people, so I use bases as references, drawing the bases so I can add what I want to them, alter them. Just because someone can't draw on their own, doesn't mean they can't draw. Those are my few words of wisdom.
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Batman0430 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Welp at least they help people who can't draw....
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XMonochrome-NimbusX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They don't help you draw.
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Luna-Flower Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Well then. I cheat a lot. 
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TheGatekeeper13 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How are bases bad? some people who use bases are just starting out....it helps with anatomy practice along with drawing hair and clothes...it also helps with poses....bases helped me....i cant do digital art worth shit....i use bases to help me with my digital art....so if bases are cheating then i guess im a cheater and im just cheating on myself.....even though since i been using bases my art skills have improved....
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YGEbony Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ily
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TalonRider Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use bases because I am inexperienced with digital art. bases are what i'm using to practice my digital art so one day it will be as good as my traditional art
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Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you dont practice, then you are going to stay in the position you are. i used to really be bad, but that doesn't mean i fucking quit. and i dont even use a tablet.
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TalonRider Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do practice
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Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you said you only use bases or something like that
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TalonRider Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use bases as practice, turning bases into my OCS helps me get a feel for how they should look
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Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's not practice. I mean actual drawing on the computer.
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TalonRider Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have
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:iconforeverfoxwings:
Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excuses, excuses...
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mega-diancie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, I use them, but ony for fun. I practice drawing free handed digitally and traditionally. Plus, I'm stuck with a mouse and no good art programs until Christmas...
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ElizabethAuditore Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student
as a person who sucks with anatomy I have to say bases help a lot. Not only have I been doing better with it when I draw but bases are a fun and easy way to begin doing digital art.
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JamiiSylvia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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ShyStarX Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Lovely Shoujo (Pretty Please) [V3] I started using them yesterday, is it bad to use them? Stare Sweat Emote 
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ElizabethAuditore Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student
No, it's not all that bad to use them. 
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Timewap1 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Learning how to draw myself, I find bases utterly disgusting.

If you want to know how low of an artist you are when it comes to artistic ability, ask yourself this: "Did I ever draw MLP?"

Yes, I am calling MLP out because it is THE KING OF ALL BASES.

Every pony based picture, EVERYONE OF THEM is based on the ugly generic model that the show itself uses to draw it's own fucking characters, for crying out loud.

It's so bad in fact that just the simple mistake of an upside down eye wrangles in INCREDIBLE but POINTLESS fan support. You know you fucking screwed up as an artist when a mistake you make for your character becomes even more popular than any other non-based mistake model you can come up with.

MLP is the Apex of Lazy Base drawings, not even the sonic fandom could come close to the sheer amount of recolors that ugly fucking model has made.

If you use bases and claim it to be art, you are an ignorant child! Grow up and actually try!
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SythraNightshade Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nah.
Bases can help to improve creativity and give you a better way to learn anatomy. Also many bases are shit around here and you can just use them for the form and add body details that the base artist didn't add.
I'd just assume that you have never seen an artist doing a god job working with bases and that's why your opinion is not just a bit close minded.

Art is not just knowing how to draw things perfectly and if people think their drawing skills are not good enough for the idea they have it is totally okay if they use a base. Maybe you don't know but people are not getting noticed if they do bad work and so they won't get better.
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Jemania Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
I can't draw on the computer. So I am just doing what is best for me! Why do you think bases are shit? I am asking for your honest opinion.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's because they hinder people. I can't draw on a computer; but I found a way around it.
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Jemania Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I'm sorry if I offended you.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What I am saying is that there's ways around it. My sketching on the computer is awful, but I sketch on paper, transfer it into the computer, and work on it there. If you have gimp, you can do traditional line art and color it in digitally.
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Jemania Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
No. I don't. Some part of me is telling me that you don't get what I am trying to tell you.
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What are you trying to say then?
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:iconjemania:
Jemania Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
It isn't too BAD to use bases!
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:iconladyqueenbee:
LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hindering you and more often then not it's made without the original artist's permission. If it's a self drawn base(not traced) and the person who is using them can prove they have some sense of what they're doing without the bases, there is nothing wrong with it. I have seen people who make adopts make fantastic bases and several other people who use them grasp the ideas of how things work drawing wise and technique wise. Until you feel that you have a good understanding of how the different elements of drawing work, you will only be hindered by bases. If you want to get good: check out books from the library, look up tutorials, watch how-to videos, try to learn new information, and try to apply the new information that you've learned.
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