What are the best fan art websites?
- Geek & Sundry
- Blizzard Entertainment
- Fanart Central
Why should I care about fan art?
Most of us have one or two obsessions—entertainment that compels us to re-watch, re-read, and re-consider. For me, it's shows like Stranger Things or books like Harry Potter. For others, it might be character-driven comics or visually-compelling movies.
When we enjoy something, we often seek out others who enjoy it, too. Not only do we like connecting with those who share our interests, but there's also something exciting about seeing different interpretations of the stories we love.
This is why we love fan art—we love seeing our favorite characters in a beautiful, one-of-a-kind style. But looking for fan art—and finding it—can sometimes be difficult.
Luckily, there are numerous fan art websites out there, which is why we’ve written up a helpful list below.
In this post, you'll find the best fan art websites, great artists, and various fandoms—all to fuel your obsessions, whatever they may be!
Many, many artists know and use DeviantArt for exposure, tutorials, discovery, and more. This exhibition platform was founded in 2000, making it ancient compared to many sites. In a way, DeviantArt is the original platform for online art.
DeviantArt focuses on a supportive, inclusive environment for artists, which in turn makes it perfect for those seeking great fan art. DeviantArt is one of the first and most popular fan art websites available.
Tumblr is an excellent resource for those seeking specific communities and subcultures. Tumblr’s blogging platform is unique, because many of Tumblr’s blogs are dedicated to posting, sharing, and reblogging personal art (in addition to written updates).
As a result, members of fandoms are often encouraged to connect online and in person, where they can share, sell, and buy fan art.
Everyone knows Pinterest is a Mecca for easy recipes and beautiful wedding photos, but it’s also an amazing resource for fans. There are a number of illustrations inspired by film, television, music, and more.
Flickr’s detailed system makes it ideal for those with big libraries of fan art. The site also offers an extensive library, as well as numerous ways to organize images.
With its scoring system and enormous popularity, Imgur proves to be an excellent website for character-lovers and art junkies. As one of the top 50 websites worldwide, there is no shortage of images to browse.
For fans who want pre-organized art and interesting, niche articles, Dorkly is the place to go. This platform has a similar setup to sites like Bored Panda or Buzzfeed, only it caters to “dorky” interests, like video games, anime, and fandoms.
Geek & Sundry
Dr. Horrible fans will likely be familiar with Geek & Sundry, the sanctuary for “geeks” created by Felicia Day. Geek & Sundry includes art inspired by games, TV, and more.
If you are familiar with podcasts, you are probably a listener of Nerdist, Chris Hardwick’s pride and joy. Not only can you find fan art, but this site also offers podcasts, news, and pop culture info.
Gizmodo is sort of an everything site that caters to science and tech communities. It’s has a distinct voice and typically has some mind-blowing stories and designs. Out of the fan art websites in our list, this is one of the best for tech-savvy designers.
Blizzard Entertainment is a known entity in the PC gaming space, with games such as Legion, the W.O.W. expansion, Overwatch, and more. Be sure to check out the fan art community, especially if you're a gamer.
Although it was originally an art haven for South Park fans, Fanart Central is now a platform offering forums, original work, and of course, fan art.
Places to buy and sell fan art
If you're a creator of fan art or simply love other people's creations, there are numerous e-commerce platforms that allow you to upload, buy, and sell digital art with your favorite characters and themes.
For artists who want distribution, Society6 offers a platform that allows users to upload their art to be printed on merchandise. Once the merchandise is purchased, Society6 and the contributing artists are paid.
Redbubble specializes in quirky merchandise created by varying artists. The shop offers clothes and accessories for men, women, and kids.
TeeFury promotes limited edition tees for varying fandoms, changing the purchasable shirts every twenty-four hours. The contributing artists earn $1 for every shirt sold.
Threadless is a fan art platform for the people, by the people. Members of the site provide scores on the designs, and the highest scored designs are sold. This process, paired with design challenges, offers artists an opportunity to profit from their designs.
Artists who make fan art
Looking for more? Below are several artists, each with his or her own unique style. Click on the images to check out their beautiful fan art and original pieces. Many of these artists also have online shops!
Alice X. Zhang
Alice X. Zhang is known for her hyperrealistic fan paintings that utilize vivid colors and backgrounds.
Karen Hallion became popular with her famous series of Disney/Doctor Who crossovers. Many of these designs feature Disney princesses finding the iconic TARDIS from Doctor Who.
Nan Lawson creates her own sweet versions of pop culture icons, like Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Coraline, and more.
Tom Whalen’s eye-popping fan art borrows elements of pulp fiction and the flat, digital style of modern design.
Tracie Ching creates art for numerous projects, making fan art that is beautifully detailed and vintage-inspired.
While Julian Callos has plenty of original designs, his fan art is not to be missed! He incorporates his personal style with beautiful color palettes.
Oliver Barrett’s fan art is raw and eye-catching, with his bold designs and simple color schemes.
Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Ricardo Lopez Ortiz creates gritty, layered designs that are remnant of graphic novels and vintage magazines.
Dae-young Kim creates simple fan illustrations that perfectly portray his passions through cartoony scenes.
Henry the Worst
Henry the Worst’s sketchy illustrations are far from the worst (as his handle might suggest). His style seems to be influenced by the art of early animated series and shows.
As stated on his page, Joe Hogan’s art is centered around Star Wars, Adventure Time, and Nintendo. His art is perfect for a variety of fandoms.
Jessica Oyhenart-Ball’s fan art features Cartoon Network characters, various video games, Game of Thrones, and more.
This artist, known as Tumblebuggie, uses vintage styles to create art inspired by Sherlock, The X-Files, Hannibal, and other popular shows.
Natello’s fan art covers a variety of fandoms, most notably Harry Potter. With variations in style and character design, we recommend checking it out!
Got more awesome artists or fun fan art websites to add? Tell us in the comments below!