Designin’ Things 4 Things <333
Designin’ Things 4 Things <333
Set with just the animated ones at full size.
Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.
Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.
That’s the art you mean, right?
Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.
It’s interesting though — the culture of shame surrounding adult women and fandom. Even within fandom it’s heavily internalized: unsurprisingly, mind, given that fandom is largely comprised by young girls and, unfortunately, our culture runs on ensuring young girls internalize *all* messages no matter how toxic. But here’s another way of thinking about it.
Sports is a fandom. It requires zealous attention to “seasons,” knowledge of details considered obscure to those not involved in that fandom, unbelievable amounts of merchandise, and even “fanfic” in the form of fantasy teams. But this is a masculine-coded fandom. And as such, it’s encouraged - built into our economy! Have you *seen* Dish network’s “ultimate fan” advertisements, which literally base selling of a product around the normalization of all consuming (male) obsession? Or the very existence of sports bars, built around the link between fans and community enjoyment and analysis. Sport fandom is so ingrained in our culture that major events are treated like holidays (my gym closes for the Super Bowl) — and can you imagine being laughed at for admitting you didn’t know the difference between Supernatural and The X Files the way you might if you admit you don’t know the rules of football vs baseball, or basketball?
"Fandom" is not childish but we live in a culture that commodified women’s time in such away that their hobbies have to be "frivolous," because "mature" women’s interests are supposed to be marriage, family, and overall care taking: things that allow others to continue their own special interests, while leaving women without a space of their own.
So think about what you’re actually saying when you call someone “too old” for fandom. Because you’re suggesting they are “too old” for a consuming hobby, and I challenge you to answer — what do you think they should be doing instead?
Imagine the looks I’d get if I showed up at work:
-on the day of my show’s season premier put a flag and magnetic stickers on my car with a show logo or symbol
- wore a show T-shirt & left early so I could BBQ and drink beer before show time
- brought around a magazine with my characters on the cover & bragged about how they were the best
- announced after work drinks at a fan-bar where all my shows were on screens & even the wait staff wore fandom jerseys
I only get this at cons. Sports fans get it in RL.
I have SO MANY THOUGHTS about this. I’m planning to make it a topic of one of my columns. I’d even argue—and have seen argued elsewhere—that now ladies are doubly screwed, because male geekdom, once shunned, is weirdly trendy—but the female expressions are still roundly mocked.
Let’s keep talking about it until someone gives us a reasonable answer to why all these things are cool with sports and not cool with other fandom (They won’t.)
Another thing that is really infuriating is the way fandoms with loads of men and women in them are accepting ways that straight men express fannishness, but merciless to the ways that women and queer men express it. On that note, have I got a story to tell you about my past fannish exploits. But, maybe not here or now. It’s a long one.
my partner tried to call me a sweetheart the other day but he misspelled it and I read it as “sweetbeard” and then I decided that this is what dwarf couples call each other
so, naturally, here are two dwarves on a date
Sure, werewolves are cute, but whatta ‘bout them grampappys
Pheew ! I’m so happy to be done with this ! So I couldn’t help myself and drew some more Teddy/Victoire..
I like to think that being raised by Harry, Teddy automatically tags along with the great tradition of Weasley gatherings, so he goes to Fleur & Bill’s house pretty often. okay. Maybe a little too often.
Done diddly done a lot of practice drawings 2day
I love this art so much, frig. This is such a huge inspiration~
In case anyone wanted the set!
Also I thought it’d be fun to make a group picture that looks like an ad.
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This is brilliant. Thanks for posting them all together!
werewolves are not well equipped for summer
I want to start a thing where people can trade art supplies that they bought and didn’t like as much as they thought they would.
I’ve always been bad for buying something and being really excited about it, only to find out it wasn’t the thing I wanted it to be. While it might not work for what I want, it might be super awesome for someone else.
What’re your thoughts? Good idea? Bad idea?
just trying to draw something, anything, even just scraps :\
character design based on rosemary plant??? idk
another thing to remember about learning to draw that I don’t see discussed too often is that some parts of it will come easy to you and some parts won’t, and which are which are wildly different in pretty much everybody.
people harp on learning anatomy and shit as a base (and ultimately I agree with them) but technical accuracy doesn’t mean shit if you feel like you suck and you aren’t having fun. people talk about experimentation as a learning tool but they never seem to say why it’s important: it’s fun! find a way to draw that is fun for you, don’t care about whether it’s aesthetically pleasing or technically sound, that part can come later.
figuring out which techniques are fun for you will help you determine your strengths as well as making the whole process that much more enjoyable. so for all of you considering yourself entry-level and feeling like you’re stagnating I strongly recommend fucking around
i asked myself ‘but what if modern orc’
and this prick happened