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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

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

Who said Fan Art coudn't be original?
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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!
kaiverta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome. :) Thanks for posting. It was an interesting read.
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:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Que buen feature, gráficamente muy agradable y con mucho material interesante, gran trabajo! :D
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Gracias! :D
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
dynamicability Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
People who wants to support of these Creator both Cartoon Shows and Anime Shows, also the others :)
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
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.
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I think everyone has their own definition of what's original :)
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