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You see, tracing's OK if you're a beginner. By that I mean don't trace all the time. Just trace enough so that you can get the idea of what drawing is like. After that, I'd suggest moving on to sturdier grounds - take all of your tracing skills and shatter them. Start drawing "anatomical stick figures" that'll help you with pretty much everything about a character. Move on to clothes, hair, eyes, etc. If it's backgrounds we're talkin' about, I'd suggest tracing a lot more. This is because backgrounds don't have to much of a 'formula' to them, so to speak. To draw backgrounds, you really, REALLY have to learn detail and precise placement - most of this can be picked up by looking at a picture while drawing it, something that should come after tracing. That's all. Hope it helps'n'stuff.