Creating fan art for self expression is when the artist experienced one or multiple moments in an IP that made them feel a strong connection/attachment to said IP, and have the urge to translate that experience in their art. When an artist have a strong passion about a certain subject matter, more often than not an evocative, creative, and stunning works will follow. When that passion is communicated in this fashion to others who share the same love for a series, it's definitely one of the most enriching experiences out there for the audience as well as the creator. This is why hundreds of thousands of people gather at anime conventions world wide, and this is the very reason why manga, anime, movies, books, paintings, or any type of art out there are made. Fan art can be just as powerful as any other types of art out there.
When I say creating fan art for the reward, I mean when the artist has little to no experience with the IP they are drawing and is solely after the publicity and/or profit that they may gain from drawing said IP. For example, an artist draws a character from the mega hit anime/manga series One Piece because they see potential in gaining more followers on SNS by doing so, but doesn't particularly like the series and/or just straight up didn't read it. It's not like there's a moral problem here; anyone can draw anything they want whether it'd be for publicty, for money, or anything it doesn't matter those are all good things. But in this case it's fundamentally incorrect to even consider this fan art, because said artist is not a fan and there is no communication relevant to the subject matter with their work. So then what is left of their work I have to wonder? It's like writing a review of a movie without watching the movie; absolute nonsense.
I think art is essentially communication, whether it'd be self expression, a reaction, commercial purpose, etc. A fan art is a communication of a certain experience, be that a character's personality, something they said, a point of their development, a meaningful scene, etc. and I think fan artists should have more self respect for their own works than just doing it to gain more SNS followers.
Sorry for the poor language skills I'm not a writer haha I just felt like ranting 'cause it's a topic that's on my mind all the time.
I heard also that humor can be critiqued based on how much it contributes to the plot, and if it doesn't contribute to the plot it could be considered poor writing; a cheap way to provide unrelated entertainment. Made sense at first, but it feels like that's a very linear way of thinking about something so broad as humor. We don't always find humor that contribute to the plot funny, and sometimes we could find humor in something that's not even intended to be funny at all. When it comes down to it, it seems that the best I can do is write humor that I personally find funny and hope for the best... which is far from effort.
So again in hopes of referencing: what sort of humor do you find funny? What do you think is important when it comes to writing or critiquing humor?
As a visual artist, there is no way to compromise drawing; it's the only way. Because of this the act of drawing becomes something mechanical instead of something natural. To expand on this: many times I would listen to music that puts me in trance so that I am in a mental state where I can almost unconsciously repeat the tiring amount of line strokes necessary to complete an image. The completion of an image is everything because there is zero meaning in an image that won't be seen.
On the other hand, writing a graphic novel (or comic or manga whatever) is something else entirely and puts a new perspective into drawing. The image is downright secondary and communication is absolute first priority. In fact, you can have shitty drawing skill but it would still work if communication is done right. Some good examples would be works done by One (creator of "One Punch Man") or Joo Homin (creator of "With God": a Korean webtoon about the afterlife).
This shift in priority makes the act of drawing something natural. Every single character, movement, background, etc. you draw is a direct response to conveying the story. At this point you're not trying to make a pretty picture, something that sells, or anything of the sort; you're just genuinely trying to say something.
I've seen it happen and felt it but didn't quite grasp what it is exactly that was bothering me. Now that I am in this situation where I am trying to make a graphic novel though, I can see clearer that this genuine quality is beginning to be lost in many as well as in my own art.
Just something I felt.
First, thank you to all the good people at Boston who took the time to come by my booth, check out my works and have fun chats with me! I really enjoyed the event thanks to you guys!
Second, here I come Kawaii Kon! This convention is on next weekend and as usual I will be at the artist alley. If you're around please come by and check out my works!
This weekend I will be returning to Anime Boston! If you're around come by my booth and check out my works! Hope to see you there!
Here's where you can find me:
This weekend I'll be at Toronto Comicon! My booth number is A190 which is around the middle area of artist alley. Hope to see you there!
Updates have been poor due to various work that I need to prioritize my bad. Hopefully around this week I'll have some time to show new stuff
Anyways I'm gonna try to finish up some more images before spring ends and for Los Angeles' Anime Expo in July! There's still about a month worth of time so this is just a heads up, but I'm super excited to once again become a part of yet another huge anime event. I hope to see you there!
Thank you everyone for being who you are and sharing your awesomeness with everyone else and myself. If I am to be allowed, I will definitely keep coming back. Cheers!
Anyway I have a bit of new works to upload so I'll be doing that real soon. I have some previews of them on my facebook page and 2 sketches done at the con (some I couldn't get a picture) so check 'em out!