Doing Fan Art of one’s own book is declasse

Doing fan art of one’s own books is not only declasse, it’s futile when it’s part of the captive IP. Also, it’s probably akin to (pace Robert A. Heinlein PBUH) reading one’s own poetry in public. It probably means I have other bad habits.
But brain would not quit so I wasted a couple of hours on this, and now you have to suffer, because I did. So here you go:

UPDATE: Nat’s face was just WRONG. So I went in and fixed things. Mostly because it wouldn’t leave me alone till I did. Bonus, you can now see that he’s keeping an eye on the madman next to him (and he not wrong. He’s a manicac but he’s the saneish one in that association.)
Because some comments would otherwise be incomprehensible, I’m keeping the original (smaller) underneath.

And now you know my vices. Deal.

54 comments

  1. Phht. I’ve done both crossover-fanfic and alternate-universe of my own books. So there. 😀

    Dunno who your people are, but they have spiffy uniforms, classy architecture, and suitably-lethal-looking weapons. Enjoyed!!

  2. It’s impossible to do fanwork of your own work.

    When YOU do it, it’s like Tolkien’s maps and scribbles about grammar and drawings of stuff. It’s arcana!

              1. And you’ve already explained how covers don’t HAVE to get technical details correct, they have to get the “feel” right.

                So it’s a pile of garbage.

                …I still suspect I’m going to have a character or three that ends up building her purse so it will let her set it down and stand on it to get into folks’ face and chew them out, mamasan style.

                    1. Chuckle Chuckle

                      I’m finding it interesting to read about “how do one explain a picture to fit the characters”.

                      Oh, there’s nothing wrong with that but it’s interesting. 😀

                1. Nat, being over six feet himself, is mildly outraged at being that much shorter than Luce. He’s also outraged at being “the fluffy one” in that relationship, although I …. squints…. NEITHER OF THEM is fluffy.
                  They are however both crazy. So, there’s that.

  3. I thought it was for “A Few Good Men”. 😉

    Oh, I don’t want to annoy those gentlemen. 😀

  4. I’ve got a scene in a short story in which one of my characters is singing along with a showtune from a musical based on one of my other short stories. And in one of my novels a character has self-published a novel with is fan-fiction of an earlier (unpublished) novel of mine.

    I’d like someday to put together an anthology of short fiction written by fictional characters–invite authors to submit stories written as if they had been written by a character in one of their fictional works. I’d publish them under the byline of the character, and then link to the work in which the character appears at the end of the story. Kind of like the books Kurt Vonnegut published as Kilgore Trout.

    1. I do you distinguish between “fiction written by fictional character” and fiction written in first person? John Carter, Allan Quatermain, and Huckleberry Finn are the putative authors of the stories in which they appear. Your intended is distinction is what?

      1. Not to put words into MishaBurnett’s mouth, I see it as “stories within a story”.

        A character may be telling his story but comment on a “fictional story” within his “universe”.

        For example, in an unwritten fictional universe I had characters think about a fictional detective named Conan Doyle who was created by Sherlock Holmes of Boston Mass. 😉

        1. Well, to give an example, let’s take Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers. Suppose that after he retired from the MI he decided to write, say, a Western. Given the world that he grew up in and the information available to him, what would his take on 19th Century Arizona or Utah be like?

          Or imagine that Elric of Malnebone decided to write a Scientific Romance about some far future world–what we he imagine?

    2. Sounds like what John Buchan did with The Runagates Club, almost: he had eight or nine different storylines going in various books, and the “Runagates Club” was an imagined Edwardian gents’-club where his protagonists would come together and regale each other with stories of their adventures (or in one or two cases, those of close friends not present). So almost a “Wood Between The Worlds” to link his sundry stories into a single corpus. Though all of these were allegedly as “true” as any other told in such a context, and in-world canon, as it were.

  5. J.K. Rowling drew fan art before she even wrote the books. Mervyn Peake drew pictures of Gormenghast. Tolkien drew pictures of all sorts of things in his worlds. I’m pretty sure Jane Austen drew illos of some of her funnier earlier books, and of course all the Brontes did art of their world. P.C. Hodgell is all about the art of her world, also. And tons of people do the hand-drawn map thing, and the fonts.

    So yeah, I think you’re wrong about writer fan art. Survey says.

  6. I am about the last person who should throw stones. I do images of my characters all the time. If you enjoy it, go for it. Most of us aren’t rolling in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, so we should have fun when we can.

  7. I’ve been busy doing fan art of my own -un- published books. I’m calling them “covers.” Yours is better. ~:D

    I want to have merch too. Starting with “no toasters!” lapel pins.

    1. I’m not actually advising this, as it’s not terribly ethical (IMHO), but it might help your attitude of writing as business as well as art, or your sense of humor. Then again, it might mess with you, so….

      But obviously a lot of unpublishable **rn does get published, and makes money on Amazon. You don’t even have to put it under your own name, or your characters’ names. And, you know, the Heinlein edict about publishing everything you write is now possible, so….

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