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Is creating fan art a pathway in your evolution as an artist?

90,436 deviants said Yes! :thumbsup:
17,117 deviants said No. :thumbsdown:
39,149 deviants said Maybe. :|

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rainbowkittencupcake Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh no, I ment to say yes, Derp
ShikiKitty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
fan art is great and all, but it gets reeeaaaaally annoying when its done bad and often, or when you ship yourself or a oc with a cannon character
EricPeta Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Its similar to a band starting off with cover songs. It gives a focus for practicing skill while one is still developing their own originality. Plus it helps an artist gain exposure by using an established name.
PeppermintSoda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like I'm in the wrong track. I wish I had my own style when it comes to drawing fan art, but it's too difficult. T^T
CyRedCh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes and no. Yes, simply because any artistic practice is going to help you improve. And no, simply because you have the power and the imagination to create your own art, so why bother doing what everyone else is doing? 
Pikacheez Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as the artist doesn't claim the design and the originality for themselves, they can improve their artwork skills and meet other people that carry the same interests. :)
Fanart also gives an idea of complex character designs, notions, personality, etc, and evolves appreciation of other artists. In all my life, I have never done real "fanart", only sketches of pokemon. Studying the art of creating characters can be difficult for beginners, therefore those who prefer drawing characters they admire should draw fanart so they get the idea of how these things work, but NEVER claim it for themselves. 
DestinySword Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hhmmm... I think that to do a fanart can help you to get some culture of new styles, coloring, clothes, creatures, etc... but the inventiveness of a person only is possible to improve by creating own works.

I think the best way to improve artistically is the use of the 2 methods :)
germanpain Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
good one
weaselhip Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
I like it..
jacketmalaysian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
ya it is rite

DawnStygian Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm in between on this one
Fan art is amazing, and it CAN help one further into his/her art because the character they are doing fan art of is their inspiration and motive. But if you copy the style of the character, then you get no where. You are copying someone else style and yeah you learn some things or can add stuff to your own personal style but it won't exceed farther
But if you do fan art in your own style then you excel faster, and you will better improve your style etc.
Ci-Zu Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Uhm, I said "yes". I think fan arts can be a good exercise: personally I need to improve in digital drawings, for instance... Before I try to draw something completely "mine", I want to get at least a decent technique! XD
But I hope this will be a transition phase. XD

(sorry for possible grammar mistakes)
whispersurge Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
At first yes. I used to draw fanart ALL THE TIME and my style evolved a lot.
AaronQuinn Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In their ability to paint yes. In your ability to show design and originality no. Good for practice, just don't go round showing it off.
LoonyMoon42 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I think you can be creative by making fanart too.
AaronQuinn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It depends on what creativity means to you. If it means creating any kind of art irregardless of where it came from then yes. But in originality and design no.
LoonyMoon42 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
you can for example design an alternative cover of your favourite book, that would be design. Or if you read a story and draw the characters from your imagination instead of just copying an image, it all depends an the readers own thoughts.
Neko-Kiona Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to say no, but as a wanna-be anime-style artist, I had to be a fan of anime/manga first. XD
I never drew too many pictures of characters from shows or books that I liked but I did try to mimic styles from them. Example: I drew many of my OCs/ fan characters in the style for that world, but I never drew the characters from the original story.
finkybeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
How else are you going to learn? Well yeah I know their are zillions of ways but like the old adage says, "Mimicry is the highest form of flattery" and is excellent practice to toning your artistic chops.
holmesapprentice Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I cannot draw. So it's no influence to me...
Dragoneer99 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Writer
Fan art is a great way to start! If you focus on something you like, you'll put more effort in to it. In turn, that extra zeal you had will increase the amount your talent increases, so you can draw good even if you don't like your drawing.
JacobO42 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
its okay but i always thought if you tried to make fan art by copying that style exactly your doing yourself a disfavor.
PrettyKitty-13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's not a pathway, it's a downright necessity D:
ExtremeTourist Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have to say yes, considering that the majority of art that I did before fan art consisted of disturbing monsters and such that were cartoony at best. Then, after I actually got into fan art of some of the characters I loved throughout cartoons and such, I learned from the actual art styles and creativity of certain artists, and wanted to create my own. I felt like I really wanted to create a character or place that some other young artist would look at and say, 'that looks cool, maybe I should do cool stuff too' Ever since, I have really changed in my views and general ability in my art because, I would have to admit, a bit of envy at how great those artists are and how I want to be great like them.
Kmais Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes. It's always better to have a picture in your mind when you start drawing.
nicolebaroudi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't like the idea of myself creating unoriginal fan art but as I am still a beginner artist and cannot rely on my imagination for drawings, I use fan art to practice my drawing skills. I found it rude how someone in the comments said "if you're 8yrs old.". I disagree with him. Fan art is for everyone... although personally I just use it to practice.
fearofanemptyBOX Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i once had a conversation with a friend of mine about when you consider something an art. after we talked for a wile we came to the conclusion that true art forms are expression the process of making ones thought or feelings known. the problem with this is it doesn't explain why something such as a portrait is considered art, it may be possible that art has already lost its true meaning. if art is not expression than it becomes hard to pin point that exactly art is. a game can be art despite the fact it has no meaning embedded into it no views or values its only purpose but to entertain. so then is an art maybe something that just looks good or sounds good but this cant be true because my breakfast was made by me and it looks good in my eyes. and also art is subjective so what looks good to one person will not always be the case for another. the other possibility is if art is defined by creation. we draw or paint we can compose or even write to make art maybe this is what makes art. but in this case only specific creative methods make art but those methods are used to create things that are not art. if the act or writing is used to create literature and we say that creating something by writing makes literature an art than why is a diary or an essay or an news paper not art. art has already lost true meaning what was originally The conveying of opinions publicly without interference by the government (freedom of expression) is now applied to almost everything. so if art is expression is drawing your favorite character from a movie or tv series art? the answer is no it is not so if you are doing fan art what you are creating is not art and therefor you are not an artist it may increase you skills with a medium like painting, sketching etc. but it dose not make you an artist. however if drawing things from your Favorited movies and stuff increases your skills it will make you a better artist when you finally decide to make art. so is it a pathway on the way to becoming an artist, yes it is but only if you get around to actually expressing yourself.
SketchDraik Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Well, yes, and no at the same time. While fan-art does have its perks (in a matter of fact, the first drawings i've had were fanarts of Garfield when i was really little), it is good to delve into your own imagination and find your own style. Fan art can inspire your own style and that (i believe) is fine, as long as you don't try too hard to completely copy their style. But all in all, i do believe it does help you involve as an artist, because when i look back, i don't think i would be drawing without those first fanarts (terrible and unoriginal as they were) of mine.
the-ketchup-kommando Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's practice, and practice makes perfect. Granted it shouldn't be your only means to practice, but it's practice just like drawing from life or photographs or taking classes. Of course, you should do original work, to flex your creativity. But fan art is a fun way to practice and develop.
KeThuzE Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Alright... Its taken me awhile to think about this question over and over and I've finally come to an answer.

In a way... Fan-art IS a pathway to improve as an artist, not only in bettering my creativity, but also preparing me for the workplace. I'm not very religious, but the Lord has been giving me visual ideas (through Spirit) I should sketch/draw out. Right now He's giving me creative ideas from one of my favorite cartoons: MLP:FiM and from one of my favorite games: Pokemon. Ideas how to draw these characters differently from the artists that have originally created them... something no one has seen/done before. I've seen that from a lot of artists here on dA, and they're all very inspiring! Of course, I've created my own OCs that I am happily proud of and keep evolving as the years pass. Its fascinating! So this is what I believe. I'm being built to becoming what I want to be in life... a Cartoonist!
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