No it isn't, because 1. You're studying it's composotion, shape, line of action etc and learning from it and 2. You're not claiming you did this work all on your own.
It's actually encouraged to study other people's styles and understand the components that piece the art together. Some people could watch tutorials and just eyeball it but others need to decontruct the piece to understand it. As long as you're not blatantly just tracing over it you're fine.
I do recommend you reference any art you've used and give credit when needed (and that you got permission of course).
Seems more like photobashing where you arrange references into something like a rough sketch of what you want to do then painting over and modifying it into something new. If you don't use it as a crutch to try doing things you haven't learned yet but more of a time saving measure it's legit, it's something many of concept artists do to speed up the process IIRC
It is not tracing in the bad and stereotypical way, it is more of a learning method you use. I would just suggest to not trace directly over it, but to have the reference next to your own drawing. I don't know, it makes you think harder on the forms and makes your lines more confident. We all look at references for poses or anatomy, but I personally would not directly draw over it.
Ok I never take a second look of Wikihow's pictures, never thought whether they're traced or not, but now you pointed that out, they do look awfully traced hahaha
I like how you say it's like photobashing, that's new. But personally, at least to my knowledge, I don't think it's close to that -- since photobashing (AFAIK) directly takes part of many photographs and then piecing them as one artwork.
But you're right -- if there are a lot of people doing photobashing and people like them, I guess this one's too
Its a mix of photomanipulation and digital painting. Concept artists use it to cut time when doing digital painting. There's a whole market of photography assets for that. They trace some things, paint over some other, and leave others like they come. Everything mixed with their own art. Of course you need to be really good painting or it would be obvious wich things you bought and which you drew.
Hello ~ Nice references of Youtubers you have here ! Honestly, you think way too far. As long as you don't trace line for line your reference it's all fine ! And the most important is not worrying about if you tracing or not, but if you have actually truly understood your reference. ^^ There is no cheating in art. But if you're really that afraid, go on and link the reference used in the description~ Remember to have fun in your art journey !
It sounds like you're massively overthinking this! Don't get so bogged down in the details. "Tracing" is a non-issue that people get farrrrr too worked up about.
That said, what you're describing sounds like a really great way to learn and to practice! Especially redrawing a second time. Probably with time you'll find you need less and less of that first layer.