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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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FionaCanajART Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This collection is just so amazing!Same for the journal!^w^
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
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.
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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^^
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*
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
IshtarDragon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article, it's really inspirational! :D
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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