I actually don't like drawing fanart at all. I guess I just simply don't like any series well enough to get a real kick out of doing tribute artwork. It is quite restricting, having to adhere to a character's outfit, personality, setting, etc. Usually when I draw fanart, it's nowhere near as good as my original work. To each their own I guess!
What I do NOT approve of, however, is doing fanart for the sake of popularity. If you actually don't like ponies, but draw ponies anyway because everyone else likes ponies = no
Often, fan art is a spring board for artists: to get a job at the studios the characters were created at, to figure out their own style, to practice techniques, etc. Sometimes, they just like to do it to relax or unwind from thinking for themselves for a change. Fan art is also a way of flattering the creators of the characters (despite the copyright infringement, eheh ).
For some people (maybe people like you ), making your own decisions comes easy but for other people (haha, myself included), it's more comfortable when there are predefined rules.
Either way, we produce beautiful results after much practice and feedback. If we hit a low point, there's nowhere to go but up. And when we reach a ceiling, there's a limitless sky to achieve. There's nothing to question about your creativity here
Well, I guess everybody has his own interests. I never bothered doing fanart as well, because there are so many amazing fanarts out there already, that I feel I have nothing to add to them. I do like doing fanart of other people's (small) projects, because I like giving my personal interpretations of how characters look and such. And it's often because I know the creator in person then, and I like to share ideas with them
I believe it's way of saying thank you, when you do fan art, but when one dedicates too much of own talent to re-create someone else's ideas - then it's kind of sad. I have done fan art myself and I like to draw my favourite game characters (i.e. Blizzard Entertainment has a lot of interesting lore characters to try to draw), but every time I do so I feel it is not really my work and there are people who do it much better than i do at 1st place.
Yeah, that happens. But it's not really helpful to make comparisons with other people, because that's not what art is about. Art is about pursuing what you find interesting and worthwhile. I find that most of my unhappiness comes from focusing on other people too much, and the most helpful thing I've found is to just get away from them for a while. Other people aren't the important bit. The work is. Sometimes people aren't going to be in tune with that work, and at that point you have to let them go, because otherwise you just get bitter and it starts poisoning everything.
Not every piece of art that someone makes needs to be a groundbreaking creative masterpiece. Sometimes you just draw or write something because it's a quick piece of fun. I've done some fan art from time to time, and it's seldom to show off my boundless creativity, I drew it because I liked the original, and it was fun. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Not to mention, few and far between are the artists that make a living solely on creating exactly what they want to when they want to. If I want to pay rent, I have to do some replication.
i dislike this idea that fanart is somehow less creative than original art. just because you're interpreting someone else's character doesn't mean you aren't still interpreting them in the way YOU choose.