The Truth About Selling Fan Art

D: Eek, I think I’ll have to rethink my commission services when I do open commissions again. :c One of the reasons why I’ve been holding off on taking new commissions lately, I wasn’t sure about all this fan arting business. It has been confusing, I keep seeing art posters and prints for sale online by artists I admire that are essentially ‘fan art’. I suppose it falls under Derivative Work?

Whatever the case, I won’t be offering fan art commissions anymore. Need to do the right thing if I’m looking to be a legit fantasy illustrator in the industry. But I won’t stop fan arting for free. Fan art is awesome. c:

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  1. rosiekari reblogged this from artists-help and added:
    When I plotted my terms of service, I always remember to mention that I will not draw copyrighted characters for money....
  2. eridame reblogged this from artists-help and added:
    It’s a tricky topic among artists here.
  3. soji-chan reblogged this from artists-help and added:
    OH YES! Thanks god! I’ve been trying to explain that for years. I love you
  4. jushijie reblogged this from artists-help and added:
    See, this is when I get really confused when I see people selling copyrighted characters even if they are “original”...
  5. artists-help reblogged this from roorurooster
  6. zyrenskistudios reblogged this from roorurooster and added:
    From my understanding, a single commission of a character where you don’t own the intellectual property is okay. It’s...
  7. roorurooster reblogged this from victricia-laureata and added:
    Like “Shrek”. Almost every famous fairytale concept is in that movie. It isn’t completely original and draws influences...
  8. victricia-laureata reblogged this from roorurooster and added:
    Oh damn. I guess it is there, if you just really think about it. I suppose I won’t be opening commissions again either...
  9. fritata reblogged this from roorurooster and added:
    Just reblogging for the truth of it. Time and again I see artists online and know people that have bought fanart...
  10. pagerunner-j said: thanks for the post. Honestly, speaking as a fanwriter, I get more than a little burned out over watching fanartists get money for it when I’d get slammed with the lawyer!hammer for trying the same thing. :\
  11. gwpe reblogged this from roorurooster and added:
    Awesome! Thanks, I’ll keep it in mind for when you reopen commissions if I haven’t come up with anything completely...
  12. weirdoqueen reblogged this from roorurooster and added:
    agh. maybe i’ll just stick to OCs for commissions, then :/ …when i actually open them.