Just as wide and popular as it’s games are, Nintendo’s fan art culture is spread all over the world. The company that gave birth to the legendary game, Super Mario, about four decades ago, has since developed many other big hit games. Nintendo games are simply the best, for a lot of reasons, ranging from the incredible concept of the game to the characters’ attractive features and costumes. With all these attractive features, the games keep the players engaged even after they have completed the game. A lot of gamers involve themselves in creating fan art, which is now a rage all over the world. Among games, Nintendo has the largest fandom.
NINTENDO’S STANCE ON FAN ART
Fanart is usually seen as violating the copyright holder and is considered illegal to be used in commercial and non-commercial projects. This is because it is not an original work, but a work derived from the original work which is neither endorsed nor owned by the creator. However, Nintendo now allows fans to use their characters to create fan arts and use them for non-commercial purposes. This came as exciting news to the fandom, and although they had always been creating fan arts, it only excited them more that they can use their fan arts for non-commercial uses.
DIFFERENT FORMS OF FAN ART
Nintendo’s games are very popular for their aesthetic designs. The attractive costumes, game tools, and other amazing game features provide a hub of creative ideas to the fans. The fans put their efforts and show their skills in various forms like traditional fan art, digital fan art, photography and photo editing, photo collage, video fan art, icons and logos, and fan art comics.
TRADITIONAL FAN ART
Traditional fan arts are called so, because they are done traditionally, on paper or a physical canvas. This type of fan art enhances the skills and creativity of the artist. They require a lot more effort than the efforts put in other forms of fan art.
DIGITAL FAN ART
Digital fan arts are done on graphical designing applications. These are the most popular form of fan art. The digital fan arts do not seem to stop anywhere soon. This type of fan art enhances the creativity of the artist.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO EDITING
Photography and photo editing of the photos taken from a still of the game is also very popular. This type of fan art does not require as much effort as creating digital art and does not really require much skill. It is great for beginners and also be used by very skilled photo editors to create a more advanced type of photo edit fan art.
Photo Collage is also a type of photo edit fan art, where fans capture more than one photo of the same or different scenes of the game and collage it into one picture. They also edit these photographs or the collage itself to look suitable to the concept they want to convey.
VIDEO FAN ART
Video fan arts are one or more videos taken from scenes of the game and are edited usually with music in the background. This form of fan art is popularly displayed on social media.
ICONS AND LOGOS
Icons and logos are made out of the characters or a tool from the game and are popularly used by the artists in their profiles.
FAN ART COMICS
Fanart comics are the best form of fan art that is used to enhance the sense of humor, creativity, and many other skills of the artist. The comics are derivatives from the game and are generally light-hearted and funny. This type of fan art is growing in popularity lately.
Patty is an artist who does commissions on various local galleries. She is also does some commissioned fan arts and also sell some of her works for charity.