Actually drawing from scratch is faster than using the trace/eyedropper method used here. You obviously have the patience to draw from scratch so I highly reccomend it. The 3d is amazingly done though.
I think what irks me the most aside from being the obvious traced picture, is that he's adding his name to it, as if hes the one who worked hard on this in the first place, taking credit for something a real person with real talent made and such.
i saw this pic on the internet about a year ago. if you whant to see the real version (wich actually looks like mario in real life) search "real life cartoon chareters" on google images there while be a lot of real life charecters.