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After constantly denying the accusations of tracing, Toxic-Mario finally presented us “evidence” of him not tracing his artwork.
First claiming he was about to stream, then saying he was at a family thing, then saying he wasn’t home and he was watching Seven. We will give the benefit of the doubt and assume he went to watch a movie at a relative’s house, the accusation having to do with his tracing and not his questionable life.
First he showed us a few paper drawings of the piece, which strangely didn’t show any form of body structure drawn to prove he sketched the pose himself. It could still have been sketched out on paper by placing the sheet on a screen then redrawn.
His argument for the lack of structure drawing was that he didn’t need to draw them, saying he used “paths” and erase instead.
Notice how there’s barely anything erased, and no structure even seen to have been drawn to give shape to the body. It’s as he drew it on one go, without any doubts on how to pose the character.
On one hand, some artists have that level of skill to be able to draw a pose from their memory, but on the other, this is Toxic-Mario’s skill level here.
Evidence B, notice the filly wings on an adult Spitfire and the sameface
It’s also worth noting that this is not something new. This is also problems he had with his art back five years ago. You would think that the art would improve over that time span, but asides from making his lines cleaner and thinner, there’s not much to say about it.
This is not just a montage of random coincidences, this is literally three different comics with the same pose we found posted in a row
He then showed pieces he used for “referencing” where two parts happened conveniently to be from the one art piece he was accused of tracing.
Evidence C-2, notice how the shorts line up PERFECTLY with both the art he is accused of tracing and the drawing he made
Now, let’s remember TracePonies, and how his art also lined up perfectly with the original material. The counter-argument was that DrawPonies might just have been very skilled and he got the proportions right on his own, but not even Lauren Faust herself could reach that level of accuracy (Unless she tried reaching the accuracy of the vectors on the toys, but that’s another story)
Evidence C-3, best pony drawn by mommy Fausticorn. Notice also how even a skilled artist with years of experience still use a structure to shape the character
Evidence C-4 provided by E.O.W., where a fan art that was referenced rather than traced seems to line up but doesn’t as only one of the parts can be made to match the other.
What TracePonies taught us was that if something is too good to be true, it's generally a lie. The odds of having two drawings done by two different artists at freehand lining up not only being at almost zero even if one looked at the work of the other, most artists would even avoid risking the accusations by making changes to the style or the proportions to make it more personal. If it was referenced like in the example above, only some of it would line up rather than the whole.
Toxic-Mario actually tries giving different proportions to his pony artwork, his ponies having thinner lines, chubbier bodies and angrier expressions. Wouldn’t it make more sense for him to also do that with human bodies? Of course not all artists keep the same rules for all material they work with, but this is very hard to believe that he would adopt the exact same proportions and style of Kawata Hisashi except for the head and the legs. It’s also worth noting that Kawata Hisashi is not an artist who worked for Gurren-Lagann, but a simple illustrator who happened to make a fanart of Yoko (As well as porn), which means Toxic-Mario actually traced over a fanart to make his own.
Toxic-Mario also showed us video evidence in the form of four .FLV files in a 1.4GB zip file streamed from June 8th to June 11th 2016 on Picarto. We will spare you the long download and present you the few moments that really mattered out of these 12 hours of low quality video.
Evidence D, in a file format VLC can open
In a convenient manner, his stream starts right after he is done lining the character. The four files sent only covered him tweaking slightly the paths of the artwork, revectoring it, then doing the background art for the picture. You could argue that he didn’t stream that part because he didn’t want to or he couldn’t, but it’s quite sketchy that the file he uses doesn’t even have the reference layer in it.
Now, what is there to prove with the evidence he posted? Not much really, asides from the fact he watches Iron Chef and The Price is Right while streaming.
Evidence F, on the right, something with taste, on the left, something without
You can draw your own conclusions, or trace them if you can’t draw.
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