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PE: Fan Art vs Original Art

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 7:06 AM

Fan Art vs. Manga & Anime: The differences
Many people have come to me in the past with questions regarding whether their work qualified as Manga & Anime or Fan Art, same happened with many Daily Deviations that were placed in the M&A gallery when they should have been submitted to the Fan Art Gallery, oops!

Do you have doubts regarding the submission process? Wonder no more, we'll unveil all the mysteries surrounding the categories! :iconokie2plz:

The basics

  • 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.

  • Manga and Anime art, on the other hand, is home for all the artworks that artists have created from scratch and are not related to any preexisting universe nor contain any copyrighted material. 

Common mistakes

  • When you are hired by the official copyright owner to create art for them allowing you therefore to use their copyrighted materials and universes, then your work is not considered Fan Art. Official art is submitted to the Manga & Anime Gallery or to any of the other root galleries depending on the style of the artwork. [You must be the artist of said official artworks, submitting works that aren't yours breaks deviantART's policies.]
  • One of the things that create confusion the most within the community is thinking that Fan Arts from Manga and Anime shows (such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon...etc) should be submitted to the Manga and Anime Gallery.  However, that is not correct, fan arts even if they are based in Mangas or Animes, should be submitted to the Fan Art Galleries. 
  • Creating an original character that lives in a preexisting universe, such as a brand new ninja in the Naruto world, your own pony for My Little Pony or your own Hetalia  character, is still considered fan art due to the use of copyrighted realms and elements from the original source and should therefore be submitted to the Fan Art Gallery.

We are Kazuma! by tonemiKill' em all by RiamAzariel
  • Now that we mention fan characters, you might be wondering "What if I draw my best friend's Original Character? Would that be considered fan art?" Not necessarily :D If your friend grants you permission to draw their characters, you can place your artwork in Fan Art or in any other gallery you consider appropriate!
  • Original Characters drawn in Manga and Anime style should be submitted to the Manga and Anime Gallery. Original Manga works (comics) also have their home in the M&A gallery! Now this gallery accepts flash file extension .swf so you can submit your flash manga comics there too :love:
+-Les Belles-+ by TerraTerrificCleared Up Skies by rhymebox

Hope this little guide was helpful!

Learning the difference between Fan Art and Original Art is important for the submission process, to help maintain the galleries clean and in order but also to make sure you're showing your work to the right audience! ;D 

Have any questions? Leave them below! <3

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Do you have doubts regarding the submission process? Wonder no more, we'll unveil all the mysteries surrounding the categories!
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Animono Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Misplaced fanarts goes on my nerves, I hope this journal will help people to sumbit fanart in the right gallery. :)
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The worst is when they miscat their fan arts in purpose to be able to sell prints :facepalm:
CapnSkusting Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
This will help an abundance of fan artists and fan art groups!
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I have a penchant for 'badging up' photos , photo edits and manips as 'illustrations' or references to existing works of fiction, music, and so on. I consider the best of it to be 'original', but it is fan art in its own way. I like to dedicate work to Iain, M. Banks, Clive Barker, H.P.Lovecraft and many others. Is this strictly speaking 'Fan Art', or does it count as merely 'inspired by...' ? A prime example would be my Iain Banks collection:… . Can I go on submitting these as 'Abstract photography', 'Surrealism', 'Horror & Macabre', 'Photomanip/sci-fi', or whichever category I've been using up to now... or should it ALL really be directed for the Fan Art gallery?
icy-ciel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, I learned something new o.o
I've always thought that fan art of a manga/anime based go to the manga/anime category

then how about digital art?
If you're drawing an OC with manga style, does it go the manga/anime or it can pass as digital art?
puiwi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
there should be a digital art category when the manga/anime category is chosen

manga/anime > digital art

so like, sub categories kinda..
RoweniiChan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Thanks for this useful journal!
But I have something to ask!

how about Gijinka (human form of something)? I have a Shaymin Gijinka and I use her for Role-Playing. When I create art if her, should I add it to Fan art or Anime Manga?
Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there! You don't know me, but I know the answer. XD 
Because the gijinka was created based on a Pokemon, it counts as fanart, because the original copyright still goes to Nintendo! ^^
RoweniiChan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Ohh... I understand now >W< Thank you so much for telling me!!
I was just a bit confused about the copyright part ^^
Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome! ^^ I'm glad I could help!
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