I know people have written dozens of deviations and journals explaining this before this one that are better written, but I'm making one too so hush.
A word people outside of our little bubble usually don't understand. When most people think of "dolls" they think of Barbies, Raggedy Ann, etc. And those are dolls too, absolutely. Usually however, when a doller makes dolls
, they are not referring to those things. Dollers make dolls from either traced bases
or original bases
. What is the difference between these, you ask?
It's simple really. Traced bases
are bases traced from a picture. Usually anime pictures nowadays, although I've seen traced cartoon and comic bases as well. These bases are far less likely to be seen in the pageant crowd, but it does happen on occasion.
Traced bases are NOT
bases for My Little Pony, the Lion King, and whatever other animal based thing you can possibly think of to trace. That is for LINE-ART.
Bases are HUMAN/HUMANOIDPictures used with animal line art DO NOT GO IN THE TRACED BASE CATEGORY.
They are in digital art> drawings > animals. Please keep your deviations categorized. It just makes CVs and the rest of us angry if you don't abide by categories.
These are examples of traced bases:
They usually say "traced from this image" with a link so you know where it was traced from. Original bases
are bases that are hand drawn with or without references, and are not at all traced. These are usually the dolls used in pageants, which I will mention later. Original bases can be sketched, drawn straight on, or even scanned on to the computer and outlined on the artist's program of choice (photoshop, SAI, Gimp, MS paint and Paint.Net being the main programs). Because this was hand-drawn, outlining the original work is not tracing and does not belong in the traced base category.
These are examples of original bases:
I mentioned earlier the word pageant. In the dolling world, this is usually
a three round event where you choose a base (or go "baseless" in which you sketch out a pose and make a doll that way without even making or using a base. It is still baseless even if you later make a base of it), and doll the themes the rounds require. This may or may not be true of some pageants. Some go many rounds, others may only be a one round pageant. It is also typical that in the first round of a pageant, you doll a full-body doll (where the entire body is visible) and you doll a portrait (emphasizing the facial features of the character you are using for the pageant and is usually cut off at the chest, or perhaps half the body). However there are many different kinds of pageants. There are fantasy pageants, history pageants, punk pageants and many more that usually run about once a year for several months. ArentYouADoll
has an entire section specifically for pageant bases. Feel free to suggest more or even look around if you're stumped for an entry!
People say "all people who use bases are art thieves". While I can't necessarily say anything for most traced bases, I can say something for the original base crowd. If the artist made a base of THEIR own personal work, it's not theft and therefore it's more of a collab of sorts. Tracing other's art and using it without permission can be art theft, but if permission is given I don't believe that is art theft either. There are a lot of people who don't understand there are two sides to dolling. Most pageants do not allow traced bases, or anything of the sort because of the art theft theory so if you feel so strongly you probably don't have to worry too much about pageant entries. However, if you are against it, make sure to read artist descriptions. If it says "traced from so and so" and you hate traced bases, don't troll, simply click back space and find an original base to use. The categories are separate on dA, so it shouldn't be too hard.
And that's another thing guys. Report miscategorizations, and report work you think is stolen. Don't troll or try to be a white knight leading a crusade. It often times backfires. Contact your CVs if you have a problem! Any CV you need can be found in communityrelations
And please stop putting your My Little Pony and Lion King and whatever else line-art and drawings into our categories. It is super annoying. Thank you.