Created By: lamoxlamae on November 26, 2011 Last Edited By: lamoxlamae on April 4, 2013

Fan Works by the Creator

When the original creator makes fan art of their own work.

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Needs a Better Name and Needs Examples.

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There is the original work and then there are fan works based on the original. We all know that fan works can be far from the original to the point that In-Name-Only can occur. But what happens the the original creator is the one making them?

Fan Works by the Creator is when the original creator of a work is making fan art of their own work for their own personal enjoyment. Anything goes in these from strange Shipping pairs to complete character derailment.

Sometimes this self-made fan art can become a show or series on it's own. Other times it can cause entire forests of Epileptic Trees to sprout until the creator explains they did it because they were having fun. Either way, the works were made just because it pleased the creator to do so, not as an attempt to appease the fans.

Can be a source of Deconstructions, Parodies, or even hentai. Occasionally spawned as a Take That when the creator was just plain fed up with the fans and crititcs.

Compare Side-Story Bonus Art which is made by the artist in order to reward the fans for reading, just to celebrate a holiday, or as filler for when they are busy. Contrast Fanservice which is done purely to please the fans, regardless of if the creator is having fun making it or not.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • RevolutionaryGirlUtena's creator, Chiho Saito, has made loving fan art of her characters in assorted Shounen Ai and Shoujo Ai scenarios. She does this because it pleases her; it has nothing to do with the story and many pairings are of characters who do not get along in-world.
  • Mikiyo Tsuda have made several doujinshi based on her own mangas Princess Princess, The Day of Revolution and Family Complex, while her friend and fellow mangaka have made a pair of doujinshi based on her manga Train Train.

Literature

Web Original

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons started as an Affectionate Parody of a family of bunnies Matt Groening was drawing at the time. Someone saw his doodles, liked what they saw, and encouraged him to develop it.
  • Lauren Faust has a DeviantArt page where she has various drawings of the Friendship Is Magic characters, and even has a drawing of what she herself would look like as an alicorn.
Community Feedback Replies: 46
  • November 26, 2011
    Koveras
    @OP's Utena example: Really? I have always been under the impression that Chiho Saito liked them straight.
  • November 26, 2011
    BlackbirdMizu
    Lauren Faust has a Deviant Art page where she has various drawings of the Friendship Is Magic characters, and even has a drawing of what she herself would look like as an alicorn.
  • November 27, 2011
    ClockStopping
  • November 27, 2011
    ClockStopping
  • November 27, 2011
    Micah
  • November 27, 2011
    Duncan
    Skin Horse periodically has non-canon one-off drawings of the characters in unusual situations or costumes.
  • November 27, 2011
    DannebrogSpy
    Mikiyo Tsuda have made several doujinshi based on her own mangas Princess Princess, The Day Of Revolution and Family Complex, while her friend and fellow mangaka have made a pair of doujinshi based on her manga Train Train.
  • November 27, 2011
    Diask
    We've already got Side Story Bonus Art.
  • November 27, 2011
    Cider
    It's not fan art if you made it...unless you're wrote for some long runner you no longer own or something.
  • November 27, 2011
    hevendor717
  • November 27, 2011
    ThePocket
  • November 28, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    @Diask: Side Story Bonus Art is made to reward the fans or as filler. This was made for personal reasons, usually to have fun, but sometimes as a take that. It can overlap with Author Appeal sometimes.

    @Koveras: You'd be surprised. I remember someone once questioning the artist about all the gay artwork that has nothing to do with the series and she replied that it's because she likes how the characters look together and because it's fun for her to draw.

    Those are OK titles, hevendor717, though it still feels like it needs something. Any more ideas, guys?
  • November 29, 2011
    PacificState
    ^^^No reason a creator can't be a fan of their own work.
    • One of the key animators of Code Geass is infamous for churning out many Ho Yay laden pictures of the protagonist and some of his... partners, for lack of a better term.
  • November 29, 2011
    Micah
  • March 20, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I agree that by strict definition of the term, it's not "fan art" if you're the owner of the property that you're drawing art of.

    Otherwise, that would be like saying supplementary game character drawings are "fan art" because they aren't used in the actual game itself.
  • March 20, 2012
    animeg3282
    Byran Lee O'Malley of Scott Pilgrim fame drew a pin up of some characters for Valentine's 2012. picture here. We won't be able to link to the actual pic in the real thing since it's nsfw.
  • March 20, 2012
    lebrel

  • March 20, 2012
    TropeEater
    Hmm?? "Fan art" is art by the fans. If Lauren Faust draws ponies on her page, that's not fanart, that's official art. It may be All There in the Manual official art, but it's still official art.

    @Pacific State: That animator is still drawing official art. It may not be Canon, but it's still official art. A creator can't be a fan of their own work. That'd be like saying that the manager of a restaurant is a customer.

    I also think Side Story Bonus Art covers this.
  • March 20, 2012
    lebrel
    Side Story Bonus Art is for Bonus Material (and is a direct subtrope thereof); this looks like it is for material that is unofficial (in the sense that it is not part of the commercial release), separate from and may contradict / be age-unsuitable for the official version. For example, Yoshinaga was prevented by her editor from giving Ono a cannon gay relationship with either Tachibana (her original plan) or Chikage (her second idea), and so, like many manga authors dealing with Executive Meddling, those ideas went into doujinshi; they're not part of the official story, they're not approved by the official publisher, but they are by the artist herself.
  • March 20, 2012
    TBeholder
    @ lamoxlamae: the difference is in reasons? telepathy based troping?
  • March 21, 2012
    Stratadrake
    I agree that "fan art" is, by definition, artwork by someone who is not the actual creator/owner of the work. If the creator makes an illustration based on their own work, it's not fan art. It may not be canonical, may not be included as a part of the finished product, but it's not fan art either.
  • March 21, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Wrong.

    "It's not fan art if you made it...unless you're wrote for some long runner you no longer own or something."

    If my game is any guide, just from the amount of EntryPimps I've done, I would beg to differ. You can very much be a fan of your own work (especially if it was done in your spare time rather than for a company). There's nothing faux about Author Fan Work.

    This is a subtrope of Author Appeal.
  • March 21, 2012
    LOAD
    I see no issue with this. Jut because the Author does it doesn't mean it's official. If J.K. Rowling decided she wanted to write a slash fic between Ron and Draco, it would be this. It wouldn't be official.
  • March 21, 2012
    GKaiser
    The creative forces behind Shinkon Gattai Godannar made and sold erotic doujinshi about their show. It was the only way to raise enough funds for the second season.
  • March 21, 2012
    TBeholder
    Yep, it's bonus art, obviously.
  • March 22, 2012
    lebrel
    Thinking about it, I don't like the name. "Fan art" has the wrong overtones. Unofficial Official Art? Unofficial Creator Content?
  • March 22, 2012
    Stratadrake
    How about Official Fan Art? I know it's essentially an oxymoron, but that's what I read from the first sentence of Side Story Bonus Art.

    Speaking of which, if the only difference is intent, this is not distinct enough from Side Story Bonus Art to merit a new page.
  • April 10, 2012
    LOAD
    Bump
  • July 18, 2012
    lamoxlamae
    Bump. Now free to be edited/launched by whoever. :)
  • July 19, 2012
    Unknown Troper
    Well, I don't agree with either the already launched page, nor the proposed one, I will point out that Side Story Bonus Art says nothing about Bonus Material in its description. It simply describes a creator's pictures that aren't officially canon that could be officially considered "fan art". Even if it did, this is from the creator, if they're sharing with anyone then what stops this from being bonus material too?

    I consider a fan and Shameless Self Promoter two different beast but I seem to be outnumbered. Either way, we don't need two pages for the same topic. Tropes Are Flexible and I suppose that applies to pseudo tropes too, as non canon pictures can have their own story to tell. How about we just make this a redirect and move over the examples?
  • July 19, 2012
    DannebrogSpy
    The description in the suggested trope here could perhaps be better, but the point is clear enough: this is when a creator make something with their own characters but without involving publisher, studio or whoever usually take care of the work and rights. The stuff here will never find it's way into magazines, official webpages, artbooks etc. and aren't intended to be either. Instead it may be published on the creator's own webpage or as a doujinshi just like regular fans would do.

    The reasons for the creators to do it may vary. Some just like their own work and want to have fun with it even outside their regular line of work. But they may also want to show thing, which would never be accepted by their normal publisher, to example the characters having sex.

    In short: creator make something with his/her own characters without asking those taking care of the rights - just like a fan.
  • July 19, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    Toys
    • This happens very often with the various Transformers artists and writers. Many of them were fans before they became professionals (and still are fans), so they frequently have Deviant Art accounts and personal sites they create TF fanart on. One fanstory by Simon Furman, "Alignment", even got a full print process at a fan convention.

    @Unknown Troper: The feeling I got was that Side Story Bonus Art is official fanart, while this is for fanart that the creators do just because, and that isn't official or canon in any way at all.
  • October 9, 2012
    LOAD
    bump
  • October 9, 2012
    MartinTheMess
    Long after he was fired from Gene Roddenberrys Andromeda, original series developer Robert Hewitt Wolfe wrote a short play called "Coda" in which he presented his originally-intended long-term plot arc for the series as one of the alternate timelines Trance Gemini was trying to prevent.
  • October 10, 2012
    DracMonster
    Creator Personal Project?

    Creator Side Work For Fun?

    Hmm.

    Maybe the punctuated title: Creator "Fan Work"
  • October 10, 2012
    McKathlin
    I've heard art or mini-stories made by the work's creator but not part of the official continuity called Non Canon Works. So that's what I'd name this.
  • October 10, 2012
    Dawnwing
    I second Unofficial Creator Content for the title.

    Literature:
    • Clare Bell, author of The Book Of The Named, has done a couple joking pictures and stories, such as a parody story called "The Twelve Trails of Christmas", a poem about how to pronounce a character's name, and a drawing called "why The Named will never have a brass brassiere cover" (complete with a second picture of a character's reaction).
  • October 11, 2012
    Arivne
    Web Comics
    • El Goonish Shive has the NP (NewsPaper) strips, which feature the characters from the main strip but which are non-canonical. Dan Shive originally started doing them to relax and take a break from doing the main strip.
  • October 11, 2012
    DracMonster
    Oh, I didnt see that one, thirding Unofficial Creator Content
  • November 25, 2012
    LOAD
    Add to the Temeraire section that Official fanworks include a fanfic where Temeraire encounters zombie cows.
  • March 30, 2013
    LOAD
    bump
  • March 30, 2013
    ArcadesSabboth
    I don't think it should be limited to art.

    Also, what if it was a Shared Universe or otherwise by multiple people, and the fanwork is by just one? Does that count? I think it should.
  • March 30, 2013
    StarSword
    There's some examples on Rule Thirty Four Creator Reactions, e.g.:

    • Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker was way ahead of his fans on this one. He once drew Ms. Buxley nude and released the drawing as a limited edition series of art prints. Walker and his staff also make several dirty gag strips that never make it paste the sketch level. Mostly, they do this for their own amusement, but some of the strips has been published in Scandinavian magazines. With Walker's blessings, of course.
  • March 30, 2013
    helterskelter
    I like Unofficial Creator Content.

    • In Baldurs Gate II, a character mod for Anomen was written by David Gaider.
  • March 31, 2013
    Damr1990
    Unpffocial Creator Content souds a little ambiguous to me (so... no by the official creator?)

    the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Päralel Works are a series of animated shorts created by Gainax that except, for two of them(one narrating Lord Genome's backstory and one explaining how Kitan and the black sibblings obtained their gunmens), are reimagigenings of the series, from visual style changes to, switching the Gurren Brigade and Lord Genome's generals status from heroes/Villians to Villains/heores, to change the setting to a Medieval Fantasy, to making a Music Video Starring Yoko to a Parody of the Magical Girl Genre Staring kiyal Bachika, and a lot more

  • April 4, 2013
    Dawnwing
    Literature:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=b6h6joci737tngjruofh0kwy