Fan Art: "Artwork that is based on a character, costume, collage, item, or story that was created by someone other than the artist" - Wikipedia
With that definition, the term "Original Fanart" may seem contradictory. However the images featured in this article are the perfect example of artworks that are based or inspired in something already existing (thus being considered "Fanart") yet presenting the artist's original vision of said
Said in less fancy words: "Fanart presented in the artist original style"
We all love fanart. That's because we all are fans of at least one thing: a book, a movie, a TV show, a game, even a fellow artist, and a large etcetera.
Fanart is not a stranger to deviantART, in fact you only have to check out the front page set to popular to discover a great plethora of fan artworks being submitted everyday, made from a great variety of artists, in an equal variety of styles.
Fandom is certainly very strong among the deviantART community, that's why the most avid fans of a certain show may consider staying away from sites like dA for an specific set of time to avoid spoilers
It is obvious that not all of us are fans of the same
subjects, but that's where the immense variety of styles and fandoms
among the community comes into play.
There's simply something for everyone! You just have to dig a little and I can assure you, you'll find fan works from any fandom whichever it is.
Quite often the fans try to emulate the style of the real thing. There are some who succeed at it. There are some times when you could think the fan artwork you're seeing is in fact official art, as opposed to art made from a fan.
But there are other times when it's precisely the opposite; when the artist tries to preserve the original idea but adding their own flavour, presenting the scene or the character in their own style. This gives as a result a fan artwork which you still identify as derivated from an existing show, game, movie or book but deviating from the original presentation, thus feeling more fresh and original.
If you add the immense plethora of styles among the dA artists to the equation, you'll have as result a wide range of different interpretations of the same character or scene.
Who said Fan Art couldn't be original?
There are still a lot of stigmas against Fan Art, one of them being the belief that you're giving up your originality and creativity as artist by making fanart, a debate that will go on forever.
However I believe, as shown with these features, that you can still create Fan Art without compromising your creativeness and originality. Just like with any other subject, you are free to present the idea in your own way.
The Fan Art Community Volunteers
TheCreativeJenn - Fan Art
KasumiCR - Fan Art
JZLobo - Fan Fiction
An introduction to Fan Art Week
Some Fan Art Groups