Traced vectors from the show are great to learn from, and I don't think artists should be dissuaded from uploading them to show their methods of improvement, but I feel that artwork submitted to groups should be the artists' own original work. People join groups to see new art; we can all watch the show ourselves!
First comes the rant... <<Well, as far as I'm seeing this, there're many people who're whining over nonsense. You can't go "hurr they're stealing others' ideas by tracing their characters durr" when you're making MLP-related art 24/7. For example, drawing Fluttershy in any way, shape or form would be considered stealing by these crybabies if they had a little bit of coherence with what they're arguing about.>>
... and then comes what I think about this: <<Tracing, as well as any other kind of fanart, cannot be considered stealing as long as they remain as a non-profit activity. Of course, credit should be given to the original makers (Hasbro-Faust, in the MLP: FiM case), and a link to the original picture should be given as well. Furthermore, every single kind of fanart, and even art-thievery (of which I'm totally against), should be taken by the original creators as an opportunity to get some free publicity (after all, art-stealing is way quite easy to identify, and people who see the "stolen" picture will eventually go to the original creator to see more of his/her art).>>
tl;dr I do totally support traced vectors here, as I consider them just another kind of fanart.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO! TRACINGS ARE UNCREATIVE, UNORIGINAL AND STUPID. PEOPLE WHO MAKE TRACED VECTORS HAVE NO IMAGINATION AT ALL. I made a traced vector of rainbow dash and I got good feedback... My reaction: [link]
I believe tracing should be used as a learning tool, not for art. For example, if i traced someone else's art from deviantart, i would get banned. The animation in the show is still someones art, and therefore should not be traced. Though making vectors does require talent and effort, one is still tracing without the original creators permission. This makes it stealing.
This is a question of wanting better, more original art versus wanting less drama. If folks have their art taken down because there's suspicion it's a digital tracing, then there are going to be some flames. If mods are prepared to deal with that that'd be great because original art and poses are great.
If not we'll deal with them.
Maybe make a folder for traces, mods? I think that'd solve it.
Tracing is for getting good at art. It's not bad, and it's not stealing. My mom's an artist and she says that tracing helps you see lines to draw. Plus, someone may have very nice coloring skills but are terrible at drawing ponies. (For a while I was bad at drawing them myself, but then I just paused the show) So that person has to trace and then color and it looks beautiful. Also someone might not know how to draw ponies, and then they trace for a while submitting art and learn from people commenting/tracing and learn how to draw it themselves. I really do support tracing. When I was little I would trace wolves from books and now I've learned how to draw them from eye.