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!
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.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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.
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.
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.
You know what else is s***?...your mind. Bases are not really cheating, in fact it could indeed help with others creativity. And this is pretty un-logical, if the artists, who created the bases, didn't want people to use them, they wouldn't have posted it. Considering your a female, I guess ill let it slide, considering that females have a lot of personal problems and are inevitably complicated . And I only know this because I'm a female. I'm smart enough o notice things.