Gallery Descriptions and Miscats Month
Hello and welcome to Gallery Descriptions and Miscats Month
I've come out of retirement to talk to you today about Fan Art categories that exist outside of the Fan Art gallery. I'll be explaining a bit about why things belong in the galleries that they do and provide some examples.Artisan Crafts
A lot of subcategories in this gallery can have fan art content. The most notable are probably:
Costumery > Costumes > Cosplay and Role Playing
Dolls Plushies and Custom Toys
Folding and Papercrafts
So why isn't there a subcategory for Artisan Crafts in Fan Art? The straightforward answer that I received from Moonbeam13
over my term as a volunteer is that it would take away a lot of traffic from the AC gallery and cause more confusion than it's worth. The other reason is that it is a very different skill set than drawing fan art or writing fan fiction; the gallery focuses mainly on craftmanship over content, where the main Fan Art category is defined by content. This category generally deals with handmade items such as costumes, customized accessories, miniatures, sculptures, plushies and anything else crafty.
Likewise, the Photography> People and Portraits > Cosplay category focuses on the technical skill of the photographer and model and should not be put into Fan Art. If you are modeling cosplay that you did not make or you are a cosplay photographer, your best bet is to submit your cosplay here. If you made your cosplay and want to display its technical skill, the best place for it is Costumery > Costumes > Cosplay and Role Playing.
Cartoons and Comics - Oekaki
So this is a fun one. The gallery location is convoluted but the locations are as follows:
Cartoons and Comics > Digital Media > Cartoons > Oekaki > Fan Art
Cartoons and Comics > Digital Media > Comics > Oekaki > Fan Art
These galleries are a relic from before DA had a separate Fan Art category. Manga and Anime had a similar category back in the day (I'm talking 2003 here) but nowadays only reads as:
Manga and Anime > Digital Media > Anime > Oekaki
As you can see, the category for Fan Art was removed there. From what I understood in my time as a volunteer, the subcats in Comics and Cartoons have been slated for removal for years but they just never got pruned from the category tree. Before fan art was its own category, it housed fan art images made on oekaki boards like www.oekakicentral.com/fp/fp1/i…
Your Fan Art is much better suited to the main Fan Art category if you want people to actually see it, since this subcategory is well hidden and often ignored. And to be honest, with freeware that has much better tools, very few people use oekaki boards now as compared to 2003.
I spent a lot of time looking for genuine oekaki examples and almost everything I found would either belong in Pixel Art or Fan Art > Digital Art Digital and Traditional Art
Most of the Fan Art that ends up in digital art is a miscat. There is one obvious exception, one that's a bit harder to figure out and one that actually doesn't belong in the Fan Art category at all. The obvious exception is:
Digital Art > Pixel Art
As pixel art is defined by hand laying each pixel to create a piece with no computer generated anti-aliasing (please see: What is Pixel Art? [Index]
for more details), like artisan crafts, it is a technique based gallery. Also like AC, a lot of content is Fan Art and it would get lost in Fan Art > Digital art as it is a medium used by a much smaller community than other digital art techniques. As it stands on different merits than digital painting or 3D modeling, it is kept in its own gallery.
The art that belongs in both the digital and traditional art galleries that is harder to discern is licensed artwork. Licensed artwork is work made by artists for the copyright holders of a book/movie/game/anime/cartoon/etc. A contract, licence and royalty payments are often involved. This is official work for a series but may be confused with Fan Art if you do not already know that the artist is under contract with a specific studio/copyright holder/company etc. Some submissions to the Traditional Art category also fall under this definition. Likewise, you will find comic book covers by artists that work for Marvel or DC in the Cartoons and Comics category.
And lastly, the art that belongs in Digital or Traditional art and not in Fan Art is: Celebrity Portraits. As Fan Art is defined on DA as art depicting copyrighted characters or concepts, fan art of celebrities that are not in character (so Robert Downey Jr being Robert Downey Jr not Robert Downey Jr being Iron Man) actually belong in Digital Art > Drawings and Paintings > People as well as Traditional Art > Drawings/Paintings/Mixed Media > People, Traditional Art >Drawings/Paintings/Mixed Media > Portraits and Figures, respectively. Simply because people are not copyrighted.
Digital Dolls and Icons
Similar to pixel art, Digital Dolls is a technique based category and a very niche community. Digital Dolls are created by customizing a base body, created by yourself or someone else. Think of it as those paper dolls that we made as kids, except here we are drawing our own cloths, accessories and hairstyles (and sometimes the base too). Since this category focuses a lot on humanoid characters, it is no surprise that Fan Art is found here too.
Icons and Avatars are how we represent ourselves online; almost every site has you select an avatar or profile picture of some sort. It's no surprise that fans want to express their love of fandom through these as well! As avatars and icons are often size restricted and are defined by how they are used, they have their own home in Customization.
That concludes the basic reasoning behind fan content that exists outside of the Fan Art gallery. If you have any further questions, feel free to comment below
If you want to check out past articles on Fan Art categorization, please see:
A Guide to the Subcategories of Fan ArtGalleries Month
Hello and welcome to the Fan Art section of the galleries description month Basically, I'm here to give you a play by play of how the Fan Art sub categories are structured and what belongs in them. On August 30th, STelari will be giving you a guide to Traditional Art and Fan Art miscategorizations and VelCake will be giving you a guide to Anime/Manga and Fan Art miscategorizations, so I will not delve too deeply into those here. So let's delve into the wonderful world of Fan Art!
What is Fan Art?
Fan Art is the Level 1 category found on the category tree. Fan Art is currently defined as art containing copyrighted characters or concepts. This basically means art of characters, creatures, locations, items, etc that are under copyright and were NOT originally created by you. But the word concepts is also important here; characters created for a specific fandom also have a home in Fan Art, since they build on t
Original Characters, Fan Art and SubmissionFan Art
Because DA has so many categories, I can guarantee that every artist has had a moment where they sit there, staring at the screen going "but this could fit 2 or 3 of those, how do I know where it should go?" Fan Art is especially confusing because every media based subcategory exists as other categories in the submission tree. When you throw Original Characters (OCs, also called Fan Characters), characters created by fans to exist in a universe copyrighted to someone else, the confusion only grows. Licensed art is the cherry on top of the messy submissions sundae. Hopefully I can untangle some of this for you below.
What counts as Fan Art?
Fan art is defined loosely as "art depicting characters and concepts to which you do not hold the copyright." So if I draw characters from FullMetal Alchemist or Legend of Zelda or The Wheel of Time, it would be considered Fan Art. If I were to draw a chocobo or an ent, that