Aug. 2nd, 2011

fanart, X-Men: First Class meme

The meme template for this X-Men: First Class fanart meme is from here on dA, by Julia C.

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Jul. 24th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 9 & 10

Bundling the pairings questions...

9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to depict in your art?

Pairings aren't really that central for me, and I haven't even done that many pairing pieces. In DC it's probably Bruce/Dick and Dick/Roy. For HP I enjoyed the Snape/Kingsley art I did, but it's not exactly a pairing favorite, I just liked the specific story by Beth a lot, otherwise I wouldn't have done two illustrations for it. The pairings I read most all involve Harry, but so far I haven't drawn any of those.

In SGA I like the team dynamic, and Sheppard with any number of people (John/Teyla, John/Rodney, John/Ronon, John/Lorne, John/Cameron... you get the idea) but that the only specific pairing in one of my SGA pictures is John/Rodney was mostly due to that being asked for my a recipient in a fest, not because I feel more inspired by that pairing, though I read a lot of it.

10 - Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and made art for a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't draw/paint/..., or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

Not really. I'm not that hung up on pairings. So far I haven't done any art for a pairing that I dislike. The couple of times I've worked from fest prompts and such I could always find an angle that worked okay for me and with the offered prompts, so I never had to leave my comfort zone. I have a general RPF squick so I don't think I could do actor pairing art of any kind on request, certainly not explicit. I could probably work around my incest squick if pressed, at least for sibling incest, though probably not parent/child unless I was trying for an abuse-themed picture, which I don't count as "pairing". I've done some drawbles for prompts that aren't my thing, so I think I could go beyond my comfort zone in some directions but not in others.

Jul. 23rd, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 8

8 – Do you design OCs? And if so, are they a kind of self-insert/portrait, e.g. a portrait of a non-canon character you play in an fandom-based RPG or a fursona?

Usually I don't draw OCs in fanart, unless you count my icons as a kind of OC. I guess my avatar is a type of fursona, since it is an anthropomorphic creature standing in for me that has fur and a tail. Otherwise I could imagine doing OC pictures in fandoms where I love the worldbuilding, much like I enjoy drawing monsters and magical creatures and such. However I don't really feel much of an urge to design new characters.

Jul. 22nd, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 7

7 – Have you ever had a piece of fanart change your opinion of a character?

Not that I can think of, at least not one of mine. I've probably come across character design choices by others that changed how I visualized previously non-visual canon or even made more sense than visual canon, but I can't think of an example there either. Overall my views of characters are rather malleable, so I can accept a variety of versions both in art and fic, but they usually only last while I engage with that work, rather than causing me to shift my views.

The influence of fanworks and fanon on me are more subtle and cumulative. I mean, I have gone for example from Harry/Snape? no way that works! after reading the books, to seeing how it can be made work after a bunch of enjoyable fic in so far that it doesn't ping me as completely improbable anymore, because I've seen the dots connected so often, but there was no single fanwork changing my mind.

Jul. 21st, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 6

6 – When you create fanart, do you prefer male or female characters?

I'm sad to say that I prefer to draw male characters, because most of my favorites are male (as seen in my answers to the favorite character meme a while ago). I'm not entirely at ease with my fictional preferences (and have rambled about that in length at times past). While I like many female characters, it is a depressing internal pattern (thank you patriarchy!) that they will only become my absolute favorite if there is no male hero character to latch onto.

Jul. 20th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 5

5 – If you have ever had a character try to push their way into your art, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

I don't think I work in a way that would make something like this likely. Usually the people in an artwork don't change from the first concept thumbnail to the final version, they just get rearranged and such. Sometimes I have ideas for epic crowd scenes and similarly difficult things that I back away from in horror at the effort that would be involved, but otherwise if an idea evolves to include another character, I just add them.

Jul. 19th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 4

4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that inspires you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the art isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

No muses here. I have favorite characters, but I'm not necessarily inspired by characters. I don't do portraits that much, instead my favorite kind of fanart has a narrative behind it, or some worldbuilding idea. I never had a character appear where they weren't wanted either.

Jul. 18th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 3

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to draw/paint/depict/...?

Answering just for the fandoms where I created a couple of planned things: For DC that would be Dick Grayson followed by Tim Drake, for SGA John Sheppard followed by Teyla, for HP I really enjoy doing magical creatures most rather than characters, but numerically as far as characters go Snape is ahead in my fanart, even though he is actually not my favorite character, which is Harry. Whom I oddly enough have only drawn as platypus animagus outside of drawbles. (It was an animagus challenge, so not as odd as it seems, and really platypuses are awesome.) For Temeraire he is my favorite dragon, but Iskierka was fun to paint.

Jul. 17th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 2

2 – Name the fandoms you've made fanart for, and how much you've created in that fandom, and if you still create in it.

For main numbers I counted only "regular" fanart, but because I'm not very prolific in the brackets is the number if I include quick drawbles, meme responses, comment pictures and such. I didn't count icons of any kind, neither my own, nor the ones I've made from the sources. Some crossover and fusion pieces are counted twice. I omitted some fandoms for which I've only done a single drawble.

Avatar the Last Airbender 1 (4)
DC Comics 23 (48)
Dresden Files 2 (4)
Farscape 0 (4)
Harry Potter 9 (17)
Marvel 3 (9)
Merlin 1 (4)
Muppets 3 (5)
Sherlock Holmes 0 (3)
Stargate Atlantis 6 (25)
Star Trek 1 (8)
Star Wars 1 (7)
Supernatural 0 (6)
Temeraire 3 (6)
Terminator 0 (2)
Watership Down 1 (2)

As to whether I still create in a fandom, that's hard to say. I never really leave a fandom completely, and for many my interest is somewhat cyclic, i.e. I drift out for a time, then revisit them. For the fandom where I've been most prolific, i.e. DC, I have currently no plans to tackle any of the fanart ideas I jotted down back when I was active there, though I'd still do drawbles in it. I have a partially-finished SGA piece that I have the best intentions to finish at some point, not least because I already put a bit of work in the pencil drawing beyond merely scribbles. Looking at my file with fanart ideas, there are still several I'd like to realize in Harry Potter, Merlin, SGA, Star Trek and Dresden Files, but who knows. I guess It would be more truthful to say that I'd like to have those images finished (bonus points for magically looking like in my head), but the realization part is rather more tricky with my work ethic routinely hovering between "inert sludge" and "sloth".

Jul. 16th, 2011

Thirty Days of Fanart Meme: Day 1

I've seen this meme around on my network, most recently from [livejournal.com profile] penknife, and because I don't write fanfic I adapted the questions for fanart. Some of the phrasing is a bit awkward, because due to all the different kinds of fanart I didn't just want to replace "write" with "draw".

1 – How did you first get into creating fanart, and what was the first fandom you made art for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

This depends a bit on how narrow you see what's "fanart". I've been in (non-superhero) comic fandom and drew comics as a kid, but those were more or less original, i.e. I did not use existing characters or copied comics except for style.

Even then I was much better at worldbuilding than plot, so for my first real comic project (that was back in fourth or fifth grade), I wanted to do a comic about these fluffy creatures I imagined (called Wuschels, kind of like tribbles, but with eyes, noses, feet and antenna and not as fertile), but what I ended up with was a sort of background treatise with illustrations detailing how they lived and their society and biology and such. I only managed two pages of an actual comic, then ran out of plot, and strangely enough did another illustrated thing about their version of football. IDEK. I mean, I've never been a sports fan, this just shows how pervasive football is. I did share these with my family and subjected my long suffering best friend to my efforts as well. I was never one much for drawer projects. I still have the drawings and texts from that project in a binder, but I lost the ones I made from yarn. From then on I drew comics all through high school. Some of them are posted on my website.

It took me much longer to try creating fanart in a narrow sense. The first media fandoms I got into online weren't good places for fanart. My first major online fandom was The Sentinel in the late 90s, and there was very little fanart online, and mostly just collage type photomanips that often weren't all that good. Zines were expensive, so I only ever ordered a couple, and even those often did not have any illustrations, and the few that did were all aiming for a very photo-realist style. I know now that even at the time there had been other fanart styles around for tv fandoms, but I didn't know that then. I thought to be accepted as fanart in live action fandoms art had to try for photorealism. So at that time I didn't even realize that anyone might be interested in the kind of fanart I could do.

Eventually there was a Sentinel fanfic for which I couldn't resist drawing an illustration, but the result was really quite bad. I was too embarrassed to attach my internet identity to that, and incidentally was also for a story I did not want to admit to have liked under my regular pseud either. These days I'm much less embarrassed about my kinks, and the author managed to push all my buttons really well, despite that the story was an unfinished WIP, not even spellchecked and OOC. But I still wanted to give the author the drawing her story had inspired (like I said above, I never saw much sense to produce for a drawer rather than public, not even if it's somewhat cringeworthy, I mean it still took time and effort after all), so that led to the only time I ever created a sockpuppet account in fandom. So I actually posted my first piece of fanart as a sockpuppet. I guess it is similar to venturing forth into anon kink memes first these days. Luckily afaik the yahoogroup where I posted the picture in the file section has vanished by now, so I don't think it is even on the internet anymore... Which is really better for everyone. I don't recall even the author responding with anything after getting the art.

The first fanart I posted properly was after I got drawn into DC fandom. I was inspired by [personal profile] cereta's story Secrets, and unlike the live action fandoms I was in, it seemed less daunting to draw comic characters than to have to try for a realist style, and Cereta and some others on my flist were encouraging me to try, so I took the plunge. Also at that point LJ was replacing mailing lists as platform, so not only seemed comic fandom easier to draw for and more receptive and open to art than the live action fandoms I knew previously, posting it was also easier.

The rest of the meme questions, slightly adapted to fit fanart )

Jul. 14th, 2010

these 30 days of such-and-such memes...

I keep thinking how neat it would be if there was one of these for art, and people would talk about art they enjoy and maybe link to paintings, illustrations, sculptures, or even applied/commercial art like posters or design that they like, if there was some online version. And I looked at the ones for tv and music I've seen, thinking that maybe they could be adapted, but that didn't really translate well, and I couldn't think of other good meme questions. I'm not good at creating meme questions.

Also it then occurred to me that often when I like some art I see I don't actually remember the artist once some time passed. So I'd probably have trouble merely answering a meme about art. Like I once saw a painting in a museum (by now I don't even recall the museum), a fairly modern abstract one, that was just reds with texture and stuff (or at least mostly red? it's been quite a while and I mostly remember that I reacted to it strongly, rather than what it looked like), and looking at made me very happy, and I even sat down in front of it for a while, but I had never heard of the painter before, and now I don't recall the name. I even tried to buy a postcard in the museum shop of that painting to remember it, but they didn't have one, so no reminder for me. Anyway, so now if I got a meme question asking which painting moved me or whatever, I couldn't even answer with that one, because I don't think "it was an abstract red one I stared at in a museum for fifteen minutes once" would be a very useful answer.

Still, maybe other people have better memories for art that impressed them in some way, and could answer. I think it would be cool to see. (As a side note, I often think that my memory must rather suck compared to other people's, because if for example I were to attempt writing some kind of memoir of my life, it wouldn't just be boring, but I'd have trouble stitching together any full narratives of events, and it would have very few vivid details. I actually often wonder whether the autobiography producing people have all been taking notes/kept event diaries throughout their lives to make this kind of thing work.)

Feb. 17th, 2010

art meme, art 2003-2009

I gacked this from [livejournal.com profile] glockgal, but the original empty template comes from Kamaniki at dA. The time span for chronicling art in this meme fit me well, because I started posting fanart in 2003, so I took it as a sign that I ought to be a memesheep.

a huge image behind the cut, it might be considered NSFW by some strict standards due to kissing and groping going on in some art samples )

Jun. 22nd, 2009

Star Trek Reboot art meme

Everyone and their pet tribble did this, so of course I filled out the Star Trek Reboot Meme too.

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