This is a wireframe idea that is just part of a discussion that Scott had with FlameReaper over at IRC for Krita.
Problem this feature solves:
The current workflow is to make a duplicate frame between 2 keyframes, move your new frame in-between them, then selectively delete and redraw the parts you want. While this can kind of work in some situations, you also lose the existing reference data as you delete more areas which can make things tricky.
The idea of this "Reference Frame" is similar to how onion skins are helpful. Reference frames are helpful to be able to trace over an existing frame to help maintain your proportions. You always keep your reference lines this way, so you make decisions more freely without having to worry about line data you might have wanted to keep.