It makes you look like a complete and utter idiot and fool when you get caught out. 6 people in Concept art class was caught, and from my lecture's email;
"..based on barely altered work by world famous comic artists and illustrators. Also, I'm aware that several people are intending to pass off work clearly copied from DISNEY, seriously, DISNEY, I kid you not, DISNEY!"
"You are cheating yourself - Who is going to employ you with a folio full of other people's work? If you did manage to get a job, who are you going to copy from then?"
One of the student reps, wants to name and shame them, so they can avoid working with them in case they steal from them! I bet money these people have Da accounts where they copy and trace other people's artwork and now it's bitten them on the arse XD You get nowhere fast by stealing and altering art and claiming it's your own and you always will get caught out and in the art world, especially in the industry like animation and games, your name can be blacklisted and spread. Something like this ruins careers.
"PLAGIARISM - DON'T DO IT!"
Especially not in university where you're doing a course purely to get a job IN MAKING ART. 8I