fan art

noun

variants or less commonly fanart
: artwork based on popular works of fiction (such as books, movies, etc.) that is created by fans
Fan art is unofficial drawings and other renderings of famous characters. "Push the boundaries," said Brian Kesinger, an artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios who sells his own prints on the side. "Fan art isn't about rules. It's about expressing yourself."Jonathan Horn
And the Slender Man story itself inspired everything from video games to fanart to a … horror film.Aja Romano

Examples of fan art in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first Black female main cast member on Baywatch remains connected to the series, posting fan art on social media. Kathleen Perricone, EW.com, 20 Mar. 2024 The Love Hypothesis stayed true to its origins in many ways, and even features fan art on its cover. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 16 Mar. 2024 The Unknown proved so popular, in fact, spawning memes and fan art, that immersive theater professionals took notice. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2024 Previous experience can range from sketch art and fan art to graphic design and fine art. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 Explore Donna Summer See latest videos, charts and news But be warned: This fan art is a bit seedy. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023 In some fan art, Xaden is depicted as white, though he is described by you as a person of color in the books. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 On Tumblr, pages of fan art are dedicated to capturing Astarion’s signature silver hair and pale skin. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2023 The book became a word-of-mouth sensation when it was published in 2019, with fan art and favorite quotes proliferating across the internet. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 12 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fan art was in 1969

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“Fan art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fan%20art. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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