I was just looking at a lovely picture on tumblr, and the artist's notes said that she used reference for two of the components of the picture.
I have to admit—I bristled. While it's great that a mad talented artist advocates the use of references, calling it out felt like two steps back. Of course references. Why not references? Do you lose points somehow if you don't draw everything straight out of your head?
(Clearly I use references, and I'm not ashamed about it. I'm crap at cars, I needed a car in my last picture. Who cares which bits were done that way?)