I noticed recently that there was an article about why bases traced from anime artwork should be acceptable by the DeviantArt community, which can be found here: http://news.deviantart.com/article/119470/. While there is already an article featuring counterarguments, if you don't mind, I'd like to voice my own. Disagree if you will.
Now bases aren't a bad thing; there are many well-designed original pixel bases that pixel artists can use in their own original pixel designs, and that can be very helpful. There are also original body bases drawn to help people flesh out their own characters and whatnot. These are perfectly fine because they are ORIGINAL: the creator made them entirely on his/her own for the sole purpose of being used by others for reference, reference being the key word. The images that these "bases" the author of the original article speaks of are being traced from were not made for this purpose. Let me make some specific counter-points:
1. That's great that they're hav