Category Archives: Fan Art

Angry Derp Cat

Angry Derp Cat by Meg Lyman

Gouache and ink on ACEO

Etsy listing

Immediately following my rant on fan art, I post fan art. Oh, the irony.

I love Angry Birds, both the game and the design. I was doodling at the convention last weekend and had a brainstorm – Angry Birds pigs can be made into just about anything! Literally. I was so inspired by the possibilities that I spat out a couple dozen sketches and started painting them right away on ACEOs. It is so much fun and I can’t stop. I doodled a derpy shark that made me giggle whenever I looked at it – I have never sketched anything that made me laugh like that, and I am not used to the accompanying odd stares. From con-goers, no less.

So… am I being hypocritical? It doesn’t feel like it to me – I changed the idea, and I’m just doing it for a fun diversion. I am interested in everyone’s thoughts on this one!

Fan Art Rant

Metroid Squid by Meg Lyman

~5×7″ gouache on matboard

SOLD

At conventions, I sometimes get requests for fan art. I am happy to do it, because it’s fun and inspiring. However, when I do, it’s always a cephalopod version of a well-known character, like a smurf or a superhero or the Metroid brain-eater thing (see above, done at a con, hence the crappy photo). I give it arms with suckers and make it “mine.” Also, it’s not my main body of work.

I was at Anime Weekend Atlanta this weekend, and it was a fairly good con. Not like prior years, but you know, the economy. The thing that bugs me about these cons (anime in particular) is that fan art is not only rampant and unoriginal, but it is exactly what the masses want. It is depressing to sit next to a table where someone is selling their “version” of some wildly popular character, which is really just that character in a new pose or with a slightly different shape – and that table is making far more sales than any table that sells original ideas. The fans love it. I don’t fault them for that, but the artists selling this stuff are at best uninspired, boring, and not growing as artists. Why should they, when they can sell others’ ideas? It is their loss, but it is sad nonetheless. Opinions?

p.s. I painted that black background and it is nearly flawlessly smooth. I had always heard of gouache’s magical matte finish, but had never achieved it… until now! Woot!

Marvin

Marvin the Octopus by Meg Lyman

8×10″ gouache and ink on cold press

SOLD

Fantastically fun commission for a great pair of Kevins!

I still can’t figure out how to get that famous gouache “smooth, flat area of color,” but I admit I haven’t tried all that hard. I did this with washes instead. Turned out OK.

Sometimes I find it easy to experiment when doing commissions, because of the lack of emotional attachment to the subject. But sometimes it’s tough to experiment, because you don’t want to mess up art that people have already paid you to do… dilemmas.