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"It's nobody's secret that fan-art tends to get more attention from people."
So I spent the last one year observing, took the a chance to gather data, and compiled this altogether. I thought it would be selfish to keep the result of my thoughts to myself.

Please be aware that the content of this flash file is somewhat more serious than it looks.
Please be aware as well that I didn't proof-read the presentation. So I assure that you will find lots of grammatical error and all sort of crap there.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
That's deeper than I was expecting it to be. I'm pleasantly surprised.

I consider myself someone who comes for fanart, but stays, because I like the artist's style.
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This whole presentation is mostly composed of my personal thoughts, anyway. But I'm glad you find it interesting.
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Wasserbienchen Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is quite a cool analysis.
Loved reading this and was impressed you did it!
Very interesting, though one should technically do more reasearch into it I believe… Or, should, what am I talking about, it'd just be interesting to see I guess, how this compares to a similar artist who doesn't do fan art, and control groups and all that, but that's just meee~ =w=
Great job either way!
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, it was just something I did spontaneously! Glad it was interesting enough for you!
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Kishex-Nevarx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know this feeling, it's a horrible feeling (that is, always wanting to draw fanart for more recognition)...
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but like it or not, recognition still matters, it makes you feel better about your work.
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KonekoYoukai Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting! I suppose I've noticed some of this, but really amazing non-fandom deviations seem to get a lot of attention as well. Up until now my biggest fandom has been one that's relatively small and I think known for it's good art/ists though, so I would assume my view is a bit skewed.
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course it also depends on how big their audience is. I know some famous people on the internet who can whip out 5 mins sketch and get more attention than polished works. In this case, their original audience is much larger than your fandom. :D
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JakkRobbit Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this was really in-depth. I like your personal opinion at the end of it, too. The puppy photograph is a really good analogy.
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bahaha I should've used "cats" instead. The internet loves cats.
Thanks anyway!
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starfire-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
That was some serious study.
Noktowl you get a hats off from me ;A;
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you :3
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starfire-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
You should be a senior man ;P
/seems stressful but...
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mweh not sure if I qualify to be one xD
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starfire-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
You do! But the stress level seems scary D':
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess so!
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starfire-wolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
:P
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Deus-Suetonius Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I totally just read through all of this... and realized I already knew it... somewhere between pissed off, complemented, and satisfied IDFK

I will say this: you took a lot of care in confirming something I had thought about as merely a suspicion, and the fact that you actually spent the time to do the research is freaking awesome.
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah we all knew it already somehow. I happened to have the free time and resources, so I thought I'd look at it a little deeper. I'm glad it's useful to you!
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Deus-Suetonius Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sorry if My comment came off a little dismissive or rude, I do honestly appreciate this, I'm just a wee bit cranky... it 3 am here LOL

but I've love your fan art (feeding into the statistic) and I think the largest reason for this is that we know what they should look right.

When people make original art, :iconsakimichan: it may not be received well because we don't know, or understand it.

For example: her piece [link] "elf assassin" leaves me somewhere between impressed by here amazing style, and uninterested, because I don't feel connected to the piece.

Its like seeing amazing art, of a pokemon I hate, like when someone manages to make be feel bad for zubat. I feel torn and confused.

And I KNOW zubat ahead of time. this confused feeling is amplified because I lack a predisposition towards the character.

I don't know this elf. She isn't Meredith Grey from "grey's anatomy" or Dexter from "Dexter" or Flutershy from MLP:FIM,

Are you feeling me?
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I understand what you mean. We feel connected/disconnected with both the artwork and the subject portrayed. It's always complicated.

And don't worry, I don't think your comments are rude at all. ;)
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Deus-Suetonius Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
bro-:hug:

Sometimes my art is awesome, and sometimes it sucks... but I upload it anyway, because I've seen far worse on here... i know, i know, two wrongs dont make a right
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just be confident. Constant depression won't help us improve!
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Deus-Suetonius Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol I'm not depressed lol
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was linked to this research since I too was wondering if I should make a jump towards fan art in hopes of getting my original art noticed.
I have to say this is certainly a very enlightening read and explains how the average deviant looks at fan art pretty well.

Thank you making for such an interesting article! :hug:
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must admit this article is incomplete, since it was a rushed side-project I had. So might be flaws with my data. But I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!
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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incomplete as it may be, it's still interesting. :)
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L4m3ness Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
*skims through the thing a little bit* Considering how number- and quantization-happy I tend to be, I can approve this :D

The result reminds me of my own fanart consumption behavior. I know a ton of images, but most of the times I don't know anything about the artist. Like you said: The character is the star, not the artist. It makes me a bit sad.

And now you got another watch for me liking your style :)
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thanks. I think it's a part of natural behavior, there's nothing wrong with it.
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L4m3ness Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Eh.. it's a bit disgusting how many images (and styles) I know and how little artist names. Watchlists make life so easy - you don't have to know a name and still get the awesome stuff of 500+ artists.

Art junkie, woohooo..
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's still a good thing to be able to appreciate art xD

And now you can start to learn to get to know the artists!
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Chewy-Meowth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
i purposely made this account just to see how ppl were going to react with just pokemon work and sadly... this account has tons more watchers and faves then when i first started out my main account :c
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I found your old account before you even created this one. Predictable, eh?
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Chewy-Meowth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
>.>
stalker....



jk XD
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:mwahaha:
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ClefdeSoll Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gosh, how shameful. I didn't realize I commented from my old account. OTL

Please ignore ~Aerius-the-Aireon's comment, or reply to this one if you don't mind. Sorry again. *goes hide in shame*
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha it happens sometimes. Glad you liked my findings! They might not accurately represent the entire fan-art genre, but at least that's what I gathered from my simple gallery.
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ClefdeSoll Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah! There were a few things that were just repeated and there were a few things that seemed a little random, but apart from that it was great to read it. I love when there are numbers to prove things. The llama strategy was brilliant, too.

I might comment more often from now on, instead of lurking.~ 
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I really rushed the writing. When I was writing it, I thought
"hey I wrote this already—screw this, whatever. I just want it done SOON." xD

Feel free to comment whenever you wish!
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ClefdeSoll Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
hahaha i know the feeling xD

by the way, I love the clean layout you used. its very easy on the eye. <:
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was more of "lazy layout", actually, but I'm glad you think it works xD
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Aerius-the-Aireon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Wow, this is amazing. I found a lot of things I suspected to be confirmed by you. Truth be told, I expected you to have much more attention than that.

I'm a little speechless after reading all of this, but you're greatly earned my respect and I'll be looking at your art differently from now on.
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Naragirl007 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very fascinating! Quite impressive you took the time to do this. I commend you for that! :D And actually, you have a very reasonable and backed up point of view. You made me think in a different way about all this. Not to mention making me feel like a jerk for hardly commenting. TnT
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg sorry haha. Actually it's very normal not to comment. We are overwhelmed by many kinds of information around us every day. It would be impossible to digest them all. We need to be selective.

I was just trying to figure out the actual number of people who watch me "just because", and the ones who care to interact. Doesn't mean someone is more evil/ignorant than the rest xD
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Naragirl007 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahahaha! Yeah, I get that. XD
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Naragirl007 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I commonly fave your stuff for the style. I'm pretty picky when it comes to fanart, and even if I like the character, it takes proper style for me to like it.

You could probably create another study for all the excuses and explanations that this study has caused in people too, eh? XD
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NeinCat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Interesting.
While I myself do submit fanart mostly, I've been trying to become better at uploading my own original characters, and maybe something meaningful in the process.
IT'S JUST THAT IT'S SO EASY TO DRAW SOMEONE YOU ALREADY KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT RATHER THAN SOMEONE YOU'VE BEEN DEVELOPING FOR MONTHS FF
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it's easier, of course. But you will sooner or later will be comfortable with your original idea too. Don't worry. It's about time.
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Yangsl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm... usually I fave something of your art because of the style :D but I don't write a comment, because it would just be something, 20 people already mentioned before! :P but I always read your description and other comments! :meow:

btw: You are totally right... and what you found out is true ... and sad. :/ (or annoying... whatever :shrug:)
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Noktowl Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha it's just the way people behave. There's nothing wrong or right about it. That's simply a fact.
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