Fanart

The Hannibal Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: When Fans and Creators Converge

September 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

It’s hard to put numbers on a fandom. Different social media platforms, inevitable overlap, and the fact that plenty of fans don’t participate, make it hard to say how many Fannibals (Hannibal fans) there are. Based on educated estimates, and the fact that NBC’s Hannibal was a fairly niche show, we know we are comparatively pretty small. That’s understandable for a ‘dead’ fandom, two years after cancellation. However, the obsession with the Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter //

Fan Artist UpTheHill on Dramione, Erotic Art, and the Magic of Portraits

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our second interview, I talked to UpTheHill, an incredibly talented fan artist whose work is lighting up the Harry Potter fandom at upthehillart.tumblr.com. In the following interview, we discussed Dramione, graphic tablets, the magic of portraits, and how we’re all shameless trash. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: Something on your Tumblr bio //

Fanart Tutorial: How to Add Color Depth to Images

April 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Fanart is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae offers digital fanart tutorials and advice for aspiring artists. Welcome back for another fanart tutorial for beginners! If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, go back and do that before you dive in to Part 3. In both of those articles, you can find advice on what equipment you’ll need and how to use adjustment layers to digitally color your sketches. You may wish to review //

That’s Wrong! Homophobia, Slash Art, and Late-Night Television

March 31, 2016 // 2 Comments

There has been a recent and unfortunate trend on late-night talk shows whereby hosts force sexually explicit fanart upon their celebrity guests to embarrass them and to provoke laughter from the audience. Mocking and ridiculing fan works on national television has led fans to restrict access to their works, remove them from the Internet, or in some cases, stop making fanart altogether. An even more insidious side of this trend, however, is the undercurrent of homophobia during these segments, //

Played for Laughs: Shaming Fans on Late-Night Talk Shows

March 23, 2016 // 3 Comments

There has been an unfortunate trend in recent years of late-night talk show hosts shoving fan works, particularly slash fanart, into celebrities’ faces. Judging by the clips spanning the international late-night landscape, from The Graham Norton Show to Jimmy Kimmel Live, the purpose of these segments is to shock and appall the celebrity victims and their audiences. Ripped from online fan sites without permission, fan works become the butt of a cruel joke that mocks and ridicules their //

Fanart Tutorial: How to Digitally Color a Scanned Pencil Sketch

February 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Fanart is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae offers digital fanart tutorials and advice for aspiring artists. Welcome back for another fanart tutorial for beginners! If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, do that first and then come back. In it you can find advice on which software and hardware to use, as well as general tips and links to YouTube tutorials, including a YouTube video that explains how to use adjustment layers to touch up //

Why You Shouldn’t be Afraid to Post Comments

January 21, 2016 // 3 Comments

Any fan work creator will tell you there’s a very specific process we go through when we create a new work. We finish it, pretty up the formatting for web, shoot it out into the great yawning void of the internet—and then we wait. We watch the hits count up, and we continually refresh our inbox waiting for the most anticipated of interactions with other fans: comments. Whether you’re posting on FanFiction.net (in which case they’re called reviews instead), Archive of Our //

7 Awesome Holiday Fanart Pieces

December 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The holiday season is in full swing in almost all fandoms: cute fics about your favorite characters cooking up feasts, decorating their homes, and snuggling up in front of warm fires. Fan artists are also stretching their wrists and massaging their fingers, ready to get creative or recovering from a holiday themed art-binge. Here, I’ve put together a collection of amazing Christmas and Hanukkah themed fanart for you to enjoy and be inspired by—I know I’m feeling the itch to pick //

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Fanart

November 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Fanart is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae offers digital fanart tutorials and advice for aspiring artists. Fan artists invest hours and hours of their spare time into their paintings, driven by their love of the source material. While some have always enjoyed drawing, others take to art to depict their favorite characters. U.S. TV producer Bryan Konietzko wrote in 2013: “I remember back in the Avatar days [2005–2008]… the //

5 Awesome Halloween Fanart Pieces

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom, the Avengers are of course celebrating in style—by dressing up as each other. In mushstone’s amazing fanart, we have Natasha Romanov, the famous Black Widow, who’s dressed up as Avengers’ founder Nick Fury. This is no doubt a very fond tribute to the man who trusted her enough to make her an agent of SHIELD. Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is going as Agent Coulson. We have to wonder whether the business suit is actually Barton’s. //