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Features: Original Fanarts

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 11:20 AM
A collection of Original Fanart


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
inspiration.


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




AANG!! by freestarisis :thumb298349988: We're all stories in the end. by viria13 Tear you to pieces by nargyle Avatar - Toph by GENZOMAN




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.


Cherry Bomb. by dust-bite :thumb177985277: heee by BakayaroManiac KH2: Sea Salt Summer by illbewaiting Mega Man Family Portrait by Photia




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.




Merida - Brave by EddieHolly Merida by nmrbk Merida by Hito76  Chibis Merida and Mordu by princekido


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.




Links of interest

The Fan Art Community Volunteers
TheCreativeJenn - Fan Art
alexandrasalas - Fan Art
JZLobo - Fan Fiction


Project Educate
An introduction to Fan Art Week


Some Fan Art Groups
FanArtClassroom
Fan-Art-Frenzy
Video-game-Fan-art


Who said Fan Art coudn't be original?
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:iconcontarai:
Contarai Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   General Artist
lol, I thought it was just the government that was against fanart..


..silly me.
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:iconqiirin:
Qiirin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Amazing article! I completely agree. I honestly don't get the logic behind the "fan art isn't real artwork" debate. So what if the character you're drawing isn't yours? It's about the concept and idea behind the artwork. People who call fan artists out for drawing the characters they love are just bitter, in my opinion.

Fan art is about as much original as any other artwork. Because fan art requires the same amount of time and effort to pull off. Art work is about originality of thought. And as long as that is present, the artwork is original. Being a fan art is not a factor in an artwork's being original.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
:thumbsup:
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:iconqiirin:
Qiirin Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
:D
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trastuspies Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Great article. I love drawing fanarts...love to give them a cute but sexy edge ;)
What makes me laugh but irks me at the same time is when people cut a character head put it into another character/drawing body and call that a fanart :/
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:iconjoaru:
Joaru Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student
Nice insight.
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YuukiDaZeroFan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I actually prefer when artist do fanart in their own style! I tends to turn out much nicer.
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uchuubranko Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I draw fanart of a series when I love it very much.
I love thinking about what and how the characters would interact/and as well how the viewers would react. :love: everyone has enough creativity to paint it in their "own colours." :woohoo:
:dalove:
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SlippyMagnus Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fanart ( I believe) Ca be Just as Creative and Expressive as Any Original Work, but there is that fine white line.

If you are making a Fanart, you are showing that you enjoy a certain thing, and have invisioned it in a specific style that you wanna show other people

You DO NOT get to say that you are creative by drawing a Camera-still from the show (or whatever you're Fan-arting) believing yourself to be making fanart.

I think that FanArt requires something more, Be it depth, Emotion, Color or even medium, You are showing that you care. So much in fact that you spent YOUR TIME expanding on the ideas (and style or whatever) To SHOW SOME SORTA FEELING.

If you're making Fanart, why not give it some MEANING?
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EchizensGirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so true! I enjoy when people do fan-art
What I see if people putting the characters in situations they would actually be in but with their own style
Fan-Art is just another form of expressing what you love and their should be no shame in it
Thanks for the great read :D
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StephanieCassataArt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional
What a fun article! While it's fun to recreate characters that you love, it's also a great idea to exercise your own creativity and style. Good advice!
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kaiverta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome. :) Thanks for posting. It was an interesting read.
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MetaMolecola Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fanart MUST be original. If the fanartist can't use his/her originality in creating a character, then all that originality must be found in the concept. Conceptual fanart, that's what we need xD I love drawing Astro Boy fanart and this is the main rule I always try to follow.
I love this journal, very well done!!! :heart:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Que buen feature, gráficamente muy agradable y con mucho material interesante, gran trabajo! :D
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Gracias! :D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:huggle:
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dynamicability Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
People who wants to support of these Creator both Cartoon Shows and Anime Shows, also the others :)
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dynamicability Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Hmmm, This is true about the FanArts...

Many people still using Copyright that people who create and belong to the creator like Butch Hartman (creator of The Fairly OddParents), Man of Action (Ben 10), Scott Fellows (Johnny Test) and etc... Right? I think is very important when you have FanArt deviation with credit or Copyright sign. Others didn't follow the instruction, it's a lack of respect.

Hmm, I think there's a crossovers...

Anyway, you article is awesome

And you know what, I think that could blame for those creator who responsible for these deviations
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would say those are not originals.
When I think of original Fan Art, I think of something that either tries to repair original material's major flaws or play with them - Not just show it and indulge itself in it.
What's for example why I am not so keen toward OC - Here one can see how many people try to be creative and fail. It's like they don't even attempt to make them good. They just count on shout-out of others, that's all.
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I think everyone has their own definition of what's original :)
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FionaCanajART Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This collection is just so amazing!Same for the journal!^w^
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
:D
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anniefelis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Actually this should clear some things up, even if it doesn't mention what some people want to call "fanart". What you're showing and calling "original fanart" is what I consider plain ol' fanart. The eyeballed and traced things people want to call fanart is not fanart; it's eyeballed or traced. Copying or tracing what another artist did isn't really drawing in the first place, so people shouldn't treat it as such. Hence a traced Sailor Moon picture or an eyeballed Sonic picture shouldn't be called fanart.

But yeah, the people who say that fanartists and fanwriters aren't original because they've based their work on an existing fandom are flakes. If anything it takes great attention to detail to pull off a good fanwork.
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
:thumbsup:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:la:
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:iconfreckleonmypalm:
FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't usually look at much fan art myself, and I rarely make any either. Lately though as a break from freelance projects and such I've been doing fanart of different magical girls in my own style, it's a lot of fun!

I like that you put this together, it's a nice collection of more original fan work which I always greatly prefer seeing over copies of existing pictures and stuff^^
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I'm looking at your magical girls :D you made me want to see Rainbow Brite :lmao: *hides in shame*
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FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hahaha no need for shame XD I loved that show when I was a kid, it's probably painful to watch now but I'd still like to see it again XD
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IshtarDragon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article, it's really inspirational! :D
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love you for doing this. I mean, I love you MOAR now. :love:

Very well said! I think you're better with words in English than I am. XD :hug:
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Sometimes I wonder if what I'm saying makes sense XD
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly does. :hug:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great article and a great selection of fan art! Thanks for putting this together for us! :highfive:
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks to you for reading! :)
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RTNightmare Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! :D
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
:D
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Electrispaz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolute truth.
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
:)
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Electrispaz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Except for the 'any fandom' thing, that's speculation ;P I think I should hold a quest to see if there is any fandom in existence without fanart or fanfic...
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
True. Though I seriously doubt there is a fandom without at least one piece of fanart here :lmao:
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Electrispaz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, let's see, apart from big mainstream fandoms...
Elfquest, check.
Xanth, check
Tsubasa, check
XXXholic, check
Yotsuba, check
Chi's sweet home, check
My graphic novel that isn't even published yet... check.

Wow, you're right. XD
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Maybe that could be a good theme for a future feature: fanarts from the most obscure fandoms XD
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:iconelectrispaz:
Electrispaz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome. I would flip if any fanart for Lavender Spell was on there... literally FLIP.
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Magic-fan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Writer
This is a wonderful, inspirational post! More people need to show Fan Art/Fiction this amount of love. Everything you said is true: Just because fan artists choose to portray characters and settings that aren't their own, there is still originality and creativity.

Thank you for mentioning #Fan-Art-Frenzy! It means a lot to me. :heart:
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:iconthiefoworld:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Yay! :#1:
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:iconmagic-fan:
Magic-fan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Writer
:eager:
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TheCreativeJenn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This has to be one of the most amazing things I've seen all month. :D Great plug in for the Fan Art / Fiction Community, Thiefo! :heart::heart: And thank you!
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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
:hug:
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