BIG FAT DISCLAIMER: stop-tracing supports and appreciates real vector art. I am NOT dissing every vector artist ever.
This article is about vector "artists" who take other people's art, trace over it, and call it their own. Those of you that create lovely vector art from your own mind or use resources and references that you have the legal right to use are in the clear, okay? Keep on artin'.
This is gonna be a shorter one, folks, but I've been thinking about this for a while.
deviantART prohibits the submission of screenshot "edits". For those of you that have never encountered a screenshot edit- let me give you a very typical example.
Big note: The vast majority of this sort of "vector art" is anime-related, and that's what I'm most familiar with, so that's the example I'll be using. I'm sure this happens to American cartoons and maybe even live-action shows.
Say someone is a fan of the anime Naruto, and they like to RP or write fanfiction or something. That'