It's recently come to my attention that some people really, really detest fanart. In some cases, I have to agree: things like the Super Smash Brothers: Brawl screenshots that keep on getting posted should not constitute fanart, as there was no actually effort put into the creation of that and the angles were set up by someone else.
However, on other things, I must draw the line, as saying fanart is not good soley based on the fact that it's not using original characters is pure and utter bullshit (for lack of a better term to use). I think one thing people need to remember that it's not a use of 'character' that defines art, but rather, how it's presented that defines it.
Now, for this example, I'm going to show this fanart by one :iconSaku666:: . Now, it's Sonic the Hedgehog, so that might lend itself to some flaming due to the distinctive nature of that series. However, this I believe constitutes art. Sure, the character isn't original, but what matters in this case i