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Manga and Anime vs. Fan Art

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:44 PM


Fix That Miscat! is a series of articles aimed at explaining the differences between the galleries that are commonly confused or abused in the category system here on deviantART.

Today we will be covering two galleries that are also commonly mixed and confused:

Manga and Anime vs. Fan Art

  • Fan art includes those artworks that are based on or contain material such as characters, settings, concepts or universes in general that are copyrighted to someone else other than the artist creating said Fan artwork. According to aunjuli "Fan Art is a way to show appreciation for someone else's creation.The root of it all is love, gratitude, and the desire to create more than what was originally handed to you."
  • Fan Art comes in many styles, including but not limitted to Manga & Anime.
  • Manga, on the other side, is a defined style of art with very characteristic traits to it. It's also referred to sequential art that tells a story and it usually comes in black and white colours. When manga artworks are put in motion, as a movie clip, we are talking about Anime /Animation/.
  • The manga style can be applied to both original or fan artworks. The difference lies in the content of your piece.

How do I know whether my artwork belongs in Manga&Anime or Fan Art...?


Just ask yourself these simple questions!
  1. Is my work entirely created by me and not related to any pre-existing copyrighted universe...?
  • Yes -------------------------------------- Manga & Anime
  • No --------------------------------------- 2
2. Does my work contain characters, settings, concepts or universes that are copyrighted to someone else that I have official permission to use?
  • Yes -------------------------------------- Manga & Anime || Fan Art - Your choice.
  • No --------------------------------------- Fan Art

Summary:

When your artwork contains copyrighted material that you DON'T have official permission to use {Ie. Characters from an Anime show, your Fan characters belonging to a pre-existing universe /Naruto Ocs/...} it belongs in the Fan Art > Manga and Anime gallery.

When your artwork contains copyrighted material but you DO have permission to use it {Ie. you are hired by the copyright holder, your friend gives you permission to draw their OC...} then you can choose whether you want to categorize your work as Fan Art > Manga and Anime or directly as Manga & Anime [root gallery].

When your artwork contains material that you have created from scratch and it is in no way related to any pre-existing universe, then it belongs in the Manga and Anime root gallery.

Want to know more about Fan Art? Check out Fan Art Project Educate Week!

Want to know more about Manga & Anime? Check out the Manga & Anime Project educate week!


Hope this was somewhat helpful to you! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave them in a comment and I'll do my best to clarify any possible confusions or doubts! :love:



    Fix That Miscat! is a series of articles aimed at explaining the differences between the galleries that are commonly confused or abused in the category system here on deviantART. Today we're covering Manga/Anime vs. Fan Art!
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    :iconblackearsbunny:
    blackearsbunny Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
    ohh my!! i have been thinking different XD thanks!!
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    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    i have an idea!
    what about writing in the manga/anime description (when submitting) that it's only for original art?
    i think this could help.
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    :iconrydi1689:
    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    :O Description? What description? I'm sorry but I don't really understand what you mean (maybe it has to do with the fact that it's 2.30 am xD)
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    :iconyenni-vu:
    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    i mean this! xD
    [link]

    yeah, in germany it's also almost 3 am! xD
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    :iconrydi1689:
    rydi1689 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Ohh! Good idea! I'll comment it to $Moonbeam13 and see if she can add that :D
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    :iconyenni-vu:
    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    alright! :D
    tell me about the result!^^
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    faerismoka Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
    This was very helpful, thank you! :love:
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    :iconyenni-vu:
    Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    i love you for it! :D
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    mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
    thanks for the little update here as i've wondered about it at times, not so much in regards to wether naruto is fanart, but what happens when i say i put an original oc vs naruto in the same image. (though i've basically gone with hitting it on fanart since naruto is preowned already or things like that.) thanks for the clarification.
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    WonderSparks Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    I'm learning! :dummy:
    :iconthemoreyouknowplz:
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