Welcome to our Project Educate Week! Fan Art's week will last from today December 5th 'til the 11th and in this week we will do our best to explain and clarify all the aspects regarding Fan Art that might be confusing to you. We will also be giving you a lot of interviews with Fan Artists all over deviantART and Art features for your pleasure and enjoyment!
You can see a list of events prepared for each day as well as the past events in ^rydi1689's journal
Without further ado, I consider Fan Art Project Educate Week OPEN!
Everyone loves Fan Art but, what is it exactly?
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.
Fan art is a concept that varies a lot depending on the person referring to it, but this week our aim is to teach you what we consider to be Fan Art within our department. New generations are to come and this concept might evolve as they do and change to fit everyone's needs better, always with your feedback close at hand.
I think I should put this here for you all to read since I believe it's the most heart-warming definition of Fan Art you will ever read, and it's definitely true:
"Fan Art is a way to show appreciation for someone else's creation. It is a way to express your love for your favorite book that you grew up reading, or a way to draw your favorite video game character in a kick-ass new setting that goes well beyond the original creator's universe. You are passionate about Fan Art because you know it is one of the deepest ways to pay tribute to something that has inspired you.
The root of it all is love, gratitude, and the desire to create more than what was originally handed to you and that is what we all should be passionate about when we create fan art, fan fiction and when we are browsing deviantART's galleries stocked full of beautiful fanwork."
Don't you just feel the love and passion springing out of her words?
There are a few points that we will be covering in the upcoming days but most of these will be explained here:
Fan Art vs. Official Art
Art of someone's OCs
Art of an OC based on a pre-existing universe (usually known as Fan OCs)
In my year as GM I've noticed that this is one of the parts about Fan Art that confuses people the most. Many deviants have come to me with the same question "Is my drawing of my friend's Original Characters Fan Art or is it Original art?" and the answer is pretty simple.
Yes! If you draw your friend's characters, your artwork qualifies as Fan Art since you're making art of something that is copyrighted to someone else. Easy, right?
OCs based on pre-existing universes -aka Fan Characters-
At first sight this one might seem a bit confusing. An original character based on a pre-existing universe is nothing more than a character you've created to exist in the world of your favourite movie, tv show, manga, etc. A clear sample of this case are all the Naruto based Original Characters, they are original because they do not appear in the show, they were created by the artist from scratch, but they are based on the Naruto universe, they are ninjas or are related to them, they use the overall designs from the series and if you know the original story you will recognize these easily.
Yes, these are also Fan Art! If you're using copyrighted elements in your artwork, such as the designs of the ninja techniques or clothing, their ranks and other specific terms from the original source, then your work belongs in Fan Art!
This also applies to sceneries and settings, if you place your Original Character in a copyrighted setting, such as Pandora from Avatar, or Soul Society from Bleach, that also makes your artwork Fan Art .
Art of Real people and Celebrities
This one is another factor that people don't seem to be aware of when submitting their artworks, but we don't give it much importance because we believe it's best to leave it up to people's free will and interpretation.
However, when we receive Daily Deviation suggestions we usually explain the deviant in question why we don't consider it to be Fan Art and therefore why we forward the suggestion to the correct GM. Still, we don't move the deviation from the Fan Art gallery because what we consider to be fan art and what they consider can be different and it's just a matter of interpretation. Art of real people is not considered to be Fan Art because real people, regardless of how famous they are, can't be copyrighted and therefore it wouldn't fit with the definition of Fan Art I gave you at the beginning of the article. As mentioned above, Fan Art is a concept that varies greatly depending on who's speaking, some consider that Fan Art is any artwork made by a fan of something, be it copyrighted or not. This is the reason why we don't move artworks of real people (including famous people) out of the Fan Art gallery.
Your artworks featuring real people should be placed in the digital art, traditional art or any other main root that is not Fan Art depending on the media you used to create your artwork.
A sample that I always use to enlighten this case is the Johnny Depp vs. Jack Sparrow one. Johnny though he's a very famous person- can't be copyrighted, however, his role as Jack Sparrow can and is, in fact, copyrighted. Therefore I can't DD a work depicting Depp but I can DD a work depicting Jack, same face but a huge difference!
Fan Art vs. Official Art
will be discussed on another day, including features and a possible interview with a great artist working on the game industry! Stay tuned!
This concludes the Introductory article to Project Educate's Fan Art week! You can learn more about Project Educate in #projecteducate's profile
I think still better create a specific category for pure Own Creations/caracters pictures. Use the root/main source of the picture(digital/tradicional) to determinate seens a less focused than fanart category itself.
at last a good info indeed. still I will need change all my pictures category to digital/tradicional.
Welll it wasn't that good of an idea to begin with, and I know it's not mythologically correct...but I wanted to do like a little Medusa who's vulnerable, blindfolded and scared or the scary snakes in her hair
It's okay I kinda want to do Voldemort as a child for the childhood memories contest...
Oh you were talking about the childhood memories contest? Well if you base the medusa in the ones appearing in recent movies like Clash of the Titans, or even in Hercules, you could have it qualify as fan art . Voldemort is a good choice too!
If it's a mythological character from a real myth then it's not fan art. But if it's a myth created in a series, then it'd be fan art. But yeah, the good ol' mythology isn't copyrighted (as far as I know) so it is not necessarily fan art unless you want to categorize it as such
This was so helpful. I was having a hard time trying to figure out whether the characters in my super long pokemon story were fan characters or not because they aren't in the pokemon universe, they all just play a lot pokemon games. But I guess they are fan characters. so thanks.
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