Who doesn’t love a bit of fanart from time to time? By fanart, I mean art for a specific TV show, movie, book, actor or actress. Fanart includes not only drawings or paintings, but also other art forms like cosplay, graphic design, and photo manipulations. But in this case, I’m talking about illustrations.
I absolutely love drawing fan art. I’ll tell you why:
I got my fan art autographed by Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time) and Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) at a convention two weeks ago!
1. It's a way to show your appreciation for a subject that you love
If you absolutely love a certain tv show, fan art is a way to feel closer to it and to show your appreciation for it. By drawing art related to the show, you feel part of the narrative. By drawing your version of it, you’re adding something to the story.
2. It attracts a passionate audience
I think building your audience is essential to being a succesful artist. If you want more followers on you social media, or if you’re looking for a passionate group of online friends to discuss episodes with, fan art is a good way to make it happen. Within a fandom, your art gets embraced by fans, even if you’re doubting your work yourself. It's a great way to meet other artists too. Also, actors, actresses and movie creators are on social media too, so they might see your work! It’s always great to see an actor or actress that you really like, react on something you made.
Don’t forget to look up popular hashtags so your fan art gets seen!
I'm a big fan of Felicia Day, so when she Tweeted my work, I had a huge smile on my face for the rest of the day!
3. It can lead to work
Ideally, your fan art can peak the interest of the creators of tv shows or movies. Several popular artists got discovered because of their fan art. It can also lead to interesting art commissions from other fans.
I do think it’s important to find your own way and to give your fanart a distinctive twist, so people are able to recognize your work. And it's important to keep things interesting for yourself as well. I draw a lot of fan art, but I also try to learn new things while doing so and to keep challenging myself, so that I'm not just repeating myself but use my passion for fanart to become a better artist.
Have fun creating!