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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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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
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
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.
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:
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Yay! :#1:
Magic-fan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Writer
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!
Thiefoworld Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
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