My friend Ian gave me the components of a lightboard yesterday. This brought up an interesting question: where does tracing fall in the 'art' spectrum. It's a low creativity activity, almost ending up closer to crafting then creating. At the same time, all of your style comes through, and you still have to make choices about what to draw and how. Drawing from life still qualifies as art to me, so why not tracing? Also I altered the people in this picture to like The Dark Walrus and the Thunder Sloth. Does that small alteration make it qualify more so as art?
I don't have answers for any of this. Really, in the long run, it only matters if it comes across looking insincere, unreal or bad. Many light board tracing artists end up in that real (Greg Land), where they scrape the uncanny valley and become limited by bad composition and stiff figures. As long as you don't go there, use whatever tools you want I say.