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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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Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Sometimes I wonder if what I'm saying makes sense XD
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly does. :hug:
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:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Thanks to you for reading! :)
RTNightmare Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! :D
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Electrispaz Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolute truth.
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
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...
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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