Fan Art Ideas Hacks (with awesome examples from A to Z)


Let’s assume you are here because you already know what fanart is and all you really want, are fan art ideas because you’re getting a little dry in the ideas well, is that correct?

If so then you’re at the right place because I am about to show you not only a stack of ideas from A to Z but I am going to show you how you can use various free tools to generate not only fan art ideas, but also which ones are trending and in demand.

Before we go and explore fan art ideas, let’s just cover one little topic that you may already know the answer to but I want to make sure for those who do not know, the legality of fanart.

Firstly, Is fan art illegal?

I answer that question in this post called WTF. Is it Legal To Sell Fan Art? How To Sell Fan Art Legally

In it I cover all the usual questions fan artists have about selling fanart.

Then in this post called How to get permission to sell Fan Art I cover the high level steps you need to follow to get permission to sell fan art.

I will let you know now that getting permission is very difficult unless you sell on sites such as Redbubble.com (the link takes you to the Redbubble Partner Program which explains how it works).

Redbubble have taken some steps to obtain permission on artists’ behalf and then paying royalties on your behalf to the copyright holder.

As they say on Redbubble’s page – “…only create fan art for brands that are in Redbubble’s Partner Program. You can find a full list of authorized properties here on our Current Brand Partnerships page.”

If you do not want to sell your fanart and just want to create it and give it away or exhibit your work then I believe you do not need to worry about copyright.

I’m no lawyer so do not take my advice as legal fact but as someone who has sold fanart, I have only been asked to take work down a couple of times.

Never have I been asked to pay any compensation, but I also do not sell fanart on a large scale.

Keep that in mind when making fanart.

Ok, now that I have scared you a little, how about we cover the reasons why you came here in the first place.

Let’s look at how you can come up with your own fanart ideas ok!

How do I come up with my own art ideas?

The easiest thing you can do is to create fanart based on popular culture that you love and can relate to.

I know many artists create fanart for their social media pages or for people they think will be interested in buying their artworks.

The problem with this approach is that if you do not personally relate to the subject matter as a fan yourself, you tend not to do as great a job putting your own spin on the work.

You end up just creating copies of what other people have done and not creating fanart that has your own personal touch and identity.

When creating fanart you want to stick out from the crowd and make something that fans of those characters will look on in amazement and say “I want that!”.

Where can I find Fan Art Ideas?

The great thing these days is that there are so many places where you can get fanart ideas, from websites to forums to conventions.

The first thing you need to do as a fanartist is scratch your own itch and look for subject matter that interests you. If you are struggling in that department that’s ok, have a look at the following sites and see what is popular and top rated on each site to give you an idea on the latest trends.

Speaking of which, let’s start with Google Trends. Bet you haven’t heard of this one before.

Google Trends

Now most artists do not use or even know of Google Trends but what it shows is all the trending topics of words people type into Google and then tells you where these searches are coming from, how many people are searching for that topic etc.

What I have done in the link above is started a search on Google Trends for Fanart.

You can do your own search, even refine the topic and see if anyone is searching for that topic or related topics.

I’ll break down what each section means and where you should be looking for FanArt ideas. (You can download the image as a pdf here)

Interest Over Time – The Numbers represent search interest for the given region (here USA) and time.

A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. A value of 50 means that the term is half as popular.

A score of 0 means that there was not enough data for this term but that does not mean people are not searching for this topic.

Interest by Sub-region we won’t worry about right now.

What is important to us is the next lot of information: Related Topics and Related Queries.

Google Trends FanArt Search Results
Google Trends FanArt Search Results

Related Topics

What Google says: “Users searching for your term also searched for these topics. You can view by the following metrics:

Top – The most popular topics. Scoring is on a relative scale where a value of 100 is the most commonly searched topic and a value of 50 is a topic searched half as often as the most popular term, and so on.

Rising – Related topics with the biggest increase in search frequency since the last time period. Results marked ‘Breakout’ had a tremendous increase, probably because these topics are new and had few (if any) prior searches.”

What this means: You can sort by Rising or Top. The default is Rising. This shows the search word is rising in popularity. You can use this information to see if the topic is popular or getting popular.

Because we searched for Fanart, Google is now showing us that Spinal Gemstone and BEASTARS are starting to become popular topics.

If you have no idea what these are like I don’t then you Google these words and start looking for Images to get some samples of the FanArt already being done.

I’ll show you some examples below.

We also see Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a hot topic with over 1000% increase in interest. So you then click on that word in the list and it breaks it down even further.

No need to keep drilling too far down, you just want to search for the words in Google after you see them in this list and then Google the Images and see what people are doing.

Related Queries

What Google says: “Users searching for your term also searched for these queries. You can sort by the following metrics.”

What this means: While you searched for Fanart for example, people also searched for the following words in the list.

As I scrolled through the list, I saw searches for Piggy which is a Roblox game based on the characters from Peppa Pig but it has a cult following.

Piggy fan art suggestion
Piggy fan art suggestion
Fan Art Ideas - Piggy
Fan Art Ideas – Piggy

It also showed Cinderace, which is a Pokemon character.

Cinderace fan art suggestion
Cinderace fan art suggestion
Fan Art Ideas - Cinderace
Cinderace – I had never heard of this until I did my research on Google Trends!

Let me know if you found Google Trends useful.

Pinterest

As with Google Trends, the Pinterest link above is already tweaked to search for Fan art ideas to make things simpler for you.

What I love about Pinterest is that it has the finger on the pulse of what is the latest and greatest and returns results as an image.

For someone looking for fan art ideas you can clearly see at a glance what is trending, the quality of art works being produced and what you should be comparing your work with.

Let’s start by going to the Pinterest website and typing your search query.

From the image below you will see I did the Fan Art Ideas search.

You will see that already as you type, Pinterest will start to auto complete the sentence for you and this is the first area you should look at for ideas as Pinterest is showing you what others are also searching for.

pinterest fan art ideas
pinterest fan art ideas

Pinterest gives you further results in two sections, even though most people look at just the images or Pins as they are called.

The second search results are just below the search bar and in small ovals. Here Pinterest is showing results such as Five Nights at Freddy’s, Pokemon, Kpop and Harry Potter as examples.

The next results are the actual pins. Ignore the ones that say “Promoted..” as these are paid ads.

Look for other Pins and see what is trending.

You will see Baby Yoda is trending as of today, so is Divergent and The Legend of Zelda. Tomorrow it could be something different.

pinterest fan art ideas results
Pinterest fan art ideas results

Tumblr

Yes, Tumblr is still alive and kicking within the artist community. Here you will find a massive amount of independent artists pumping out fan art on an almost daily basis.

Again, I have created a link to Tumblr with the search for Fan Art Ideas already embedded.

Here you will see that Tumblr will ask you to create an account if you do not have one. You can actually skip this bit and start performing a search as I did.

fan art ideas - Tumblr summary
fan art ideas – Tumblr summary

Tumblr’s search is not as sophisticated as Google or Pinterest so it will just show you Tumblr pages based on Most Popular.

Now what you need to do is not only look at the popular pages that come up in the results, but my trick is to also look at the hashtags used on each image or page.

That will also give you an idea as to what is trending, is most popular etc.

Let’s check out some Tumblr examples.

fan art ideas - Tumblr
fan art ideas – Tumblr

And now let’s look at the Hashtags that are listed for some of the more popular fan art pages.

Tumblr Hashtags 1
Tumblr Hashtags 1
Tumblr Hashtags 2
Tumblr Hashtags 2
Tumblr Hashtags 3
Tumblr Hashtags 3

You can see we have found a few more popular Fan Art Ideas using the Tumblr method from #Overwatch, #Reaper, #Snom (another Pokemon), #draco etc.

FanArt Ideas Generators

There are a lot of fanart generators out there and from what I have seen, they are pretty clunky and not worth your time or your money.

Personally I think they are garbage and you should just skip ahead to the Redbubble topic.

If you really must, then try out some of the free ones out there, just google FanArt Generators and see what comes up. I disliked them so much I refuse to link to any.

At this time of writing I found they just create a mash-up of ideas based on what everyone else is doing.

Chances are every other hack is doing the same thing.

Other FanArt Generators just generate a random number and then get you to refer to a topic that corresponds to the number you just picked. Pretty useless.

My advice is to steer away and look for what is trending and create some fanart with your own signature look.

FanArt On Redbubble

Redbubble is one of my favorite sites to not only sell my art on but to also get inspiration from.

It is also one of the few sites that has agreements in place with copyright owners so you can sell legitimate fanart as long as you follow the guidelines and pick brands from their Partner Program to get your fanart licensed.

The list of brands is growing so keep an eye out for what is being accepted.

Now do a search on Redbubble to see what other Fanart is being created.

Fan Art Gifts - Merchandise - Redbubble
Fan Art Gifts – Merchandise – Redbubble

This is a great source of FanArt Ideas – have a look! The link will open in a new tab and will automatically search for FanArt on Redbubble.

With Redbubble, all you can do is look at the titles and the art created by people to see what is trending.

More Fan Art Gifts - Merchandise - Redbubble
More Fan Art Gifts – Merchandise – Redbubble

So now on Redbubble we find that Rick and Morty fan art is popular, Ewoks, Daleks, More Cowbell (from SNL), Pride and Prejudice as a few examples.

FanArt on Etsy

Etsy is another goldmine of Fan Art ideas. Again click on the link above in the heading and have a look at the results.

Fan art - Etsy
Fan art – Etsy

From this basic search we see that Fallout is an idea, so are Sopranos, X-Men, Avatar etc.

FanArt on eBay

Lastly, let us have a look at eBay. The cool thing about eBay as that we can not only search what is for sale but what people actually have purchased.

We can filter the Fan Art results based on Sold Items and this way we can see where people are actually spending their money on Fan Art, and what type of fan art sells.

So let’s take a look at how we find Fan art on eBay.

Click on the link for the eBay heading and I have already ensured it filters on Fan Art.

fan art - eBay search
fan art – eBay search

Next you need to click on Advanced because eBay will show you all sorts of results, and most are for unsold items so they do not give you a realistic view of what is being created and sold (a proxy for popularity and demand).

fan art - eBay advanced search
fan art – eBay advanced search

In the next screen, ensure you tick the Sold Items check box then click Search. That will show you only the items in the fan art categories that have actually sold. This shows that people are willing to purchase these items.

eBay Search- Advanced Search for Sold Items
eBay Search- Advanced Search for Sold Items

Now we want to filter out anything that is not art related. Where we have the search bar, click the All Categories drop down list. Select Art and click Search again

Art category eBay
fant art in Art Category – eBay

Now you will see more relevant search results, showing us Fan Art that has sold and you can also see how much people have paid if you are intending on creating fan art to sell.

fan art in Art - eBay Sold items
fan art in Art – eBay Sold items

Now we can see that people are buying (so there is demand) fan art for Overwatch, Naruto Uzumaki Shippuden Battle Damaged Fan Art Poster, Bam Box Gamer Gaming Exclusive God Of War Fan Art Print, THE JOKER FAN ART Print and Sword Art Online Asuna Kirito SAO as examples.

Ok, so we have looked at how we can generate Fan Art Ideas and as promised, here the is A to Z of fan art ideas.

A to Z of Fan Art Ideas

Below you will find fan art ideas from A to Z, just to show you my techniques work, I have used some of the methods i’ve described above to find many of the fan art ideas listed below.

A – 

Fan Art Anime

Fan Art A Hat In Time

B – 

Fan Art Batman

Fan Art Bob’s Burgers

Baby Yoda Fan Art

Bam Box Gamer Gaming Exclusive God Of War

C – 

Fan Art Captain Marvel

Fan Art Cinderace (from Pokemon)

Fan Art Ideas - Cinderace
Fan Art Ideas – Cinderace

D – 

Fan Art Disney Princesses

Fan Art Divergent

Draco Fan Art

Daleks

E – 

Fan Art EXO

Ewoks

F – 

Fan Art Fortnite

Fallout

G – 

Fan Art Goku

H – 

Fan Art Harry Potter

Fan Art Hunger Games

Fan Art Haikyuu

Hamilton Fan Art

I – 

Fan Art Ibuki

J – 

Fan Art Joker

K – 

Fan Art Kakashi

L – 

Fan Art League of Legends

Lilo and Stitch

M – 

Fan Art Marvel

N – 

Fan Art Naruto

Naruto Uzumaki Shippuden Battle Damaged

Need More Cowbell

O – 

Fan Art Octane

Overwatch

P – 

Fan Art Pokemon

Pikachu Fortnite

Pride and Prejudice Fan Art

Pewdiepie

Fan Art Piggy (Roblox based game)

Fan Art Ideas - Piggy
Fan Art Ideas – Piggy

Q – 

Fan Art Queen of Pain

R – 

Fan Art Roblox

Reaper

Reaper 76

Rick and Morty

S – 

Fan Art Star Wars

Fan Art Stranger Things

Fan Art Sonic

Spiderman Fan Art

Snom

Sopranos Fan Art

Sword Art Online Asuna Kirito SAO

T – 

Fan Art Twilight

U – 

Fan Art Undertale

V – 

Fan Art Venom

Fan Art Voldemort

W – 

Fan Art Wow

Fan Art Wolf of Wallstreet

The Walking Dead Fan Art

X – 

Fan Art X-Men

Y – 

Fan Art Yoonmin

Z – 

Fan Art Zelda

The Legend of Zelda


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