*This essay was first published on our August 2012 Newsletter
Fan art is not only a great way to express support for comic artists, but also a way to improve one’s illustration skills. Any image that is created based on the story, character and elements from existing artwork can be loosely called fan art. What makes this type of activity safe from copyright violations is that fan art are not made for commercial purposes. If not for the money, then, what makes fan art awesome?
- Creating fan art is a great way of showing support to your favorite comic artist-as long as your version is not outright offensive!
- The process of creating fan art improves illustration skills. Taking something already existing to put your personal spin on it is a common exercise in art making.
- Receiving fan art hints at what appeals to your readers. If you are lucky to be on the receiving end, fan art give you ideas to explore in your comic.
- Lastly, fan art is fun and it helps you connect with people. A perfect example is this fan art contest held by a MangaMagazine author Matsuyama Takeshi.