I regret nothing.
[Nepeta Leijon and Karkat Vantas are the Leo and Cancer trolls from Andrew Hussie's webcomic Homestuck, at mspaintadventures.com.]
Inspired by an actual romance novel cover, though I don't know the title. And Kate Beaton obviously.
Bit of backstory here ... Over at MSPAchan, I ran into a particularly reprehensible troll [called Sage, I believe]. I'd never posted there before, but here was someone saying my work was obviously all traced, and really ugly, that I wasn't actually an artist, that I was a plagiarist, and that I enjoy sucking the male member, and would like to do this to certain webcomic artists. (I'm a straight male.) He even started logging in as me and saying nasty things under my name.
How sad and empty this person's life must be.
I've been known to loosely trace a body sometimes, if I'm duplicating a photo exactly, but tracing isn't a significant part of what I do, and I almost never trace faces. Even if I'm matching them to a photo afterward. [But I'll never be able to convince certain people that I'm actually an artist and not just faking this somehow.]
But anyway I drew this. It's not traced. Nepeta doesn't trace either. But it's probably not a good idea to ever look at what she's drawing.