The Internet is a sea of opportunities of all kinds, especially for creative people such as artists who want to show their talent to the world, often drawing, composing, or giving shape to designs about their favorite series, movies, or games.
On the other side of the coin, we have those people who want to see and own these original creations, whether for collecting, curiosity, or for whatever reason.
I’ve created a list of the 14 best fan art websites you can find on the web for all kinds of tastes and needs.
Pinterest is kind of a cross between a social network and a search engine; users on Pinterest can share images, animations, and videos about interesting “ideas” and things they like.
On Pinterest, posts are organized in pin boards by categories, and it’s possible to use the typical functions of a social network such as like, follow, comment, etc.
Although Pinterest is a site that has a large amount of content, mainly on the topic ‘Lifestyle,’ fan art also has an important space on the platform.
Most of the users who post fan art on Pinterest create large collections of content they find on other websites, so if you search for “fan art,” you can expect to find a lot of related content, especially about manga and anime.
The best thing is that a good part of these publications include a backlink to the original author’s website, in case you’re interested in seeing more of his/her work.
ArtStation is “The Social Media Network” for 2D and 3D digital artists. On this platform, most users seek to publish their work with the hope of someday making a profit for it.
ArtStation is the ideal site for digital artists who dream of being hired by the entertainment industry, be it in the videogames, animation, or comics industry, so it’s easy to find lots of high-quality fan art work.
In fact, many digital artists use the platform as a portfolio site to showcase some of their best work, be it 2D designs, 3D designs, or animations.
The platform also helps a lot in promoting the best works of each artist, since the more users and likes an artist has, the more exposure their work gains within the platform.
As already mentioned, here you’ll find many high-quality and high-resolution fan artworks, not only about video games or CGI animation, but also many designs about manga, anime, and movies in general.
On DeviantArt, users post their work primarily with the intention of getting feedback from other users, so it’s very easy to see a large number of amateur artists – quite the opposite of ArtStation.
The reason for this is that anyone can register on the platform, post their work, and start interacting with other users by sharing opinions.
This easily makes DevianArt one of the top fan art websites. This is as easy as going to the search bar and selecting the categories that interest you, and clicking on ‘Search.’ In no time, you’ll have tons of fan art-based content of all kinds.
Since there are many teen users registered on the site, it’s very easy to get a lot of anime-based fan art, especially on low to medium quality violence, sex, and gore themes.
However, you can also find many professional artists there, and if you like their work, you can place orders and pay them through a commission system.
Behance is a portfolio platform with social media aspects similar to ArtStation. It’s a good site for professionals who want to have a portfolio on The Web.
One of the most interesting features of the site is that it’s a section where artists can provide a great deal of detail about their work: how they did it, in how much time, tools used, and other technical aspects.
The site has more than 100 million active users and a highly competitive level, so don’t expect to find amateur fan art around here, much less the ‘not for children’ themes, since they have a filter for this.
Now, the fan art content is not as abundant as in DevianArt, for example, but what is there is pro-quality and with themes based on almost every entertainment topic. You can even make custom orders to authors within the platform.
Dribbble is a platform that works somewhat differently than Behance. Here artists have the option of showing only a small portion of a project they’re working on, although, of course, they also show their finished work.
It’s an ideal site for artists who have little time or just don’t want to give too much detail about their work, so it has a dynamic interface that allows the artist to quickly upload and share small, low-quality images called ‘Shots’ – although there are certain limits in terms of the number of images they can upload.
Dribbble currently has more than 4 million visits per month, and you can find more than 7,000 designs on fan art based on movies, games, series, manga, and anime, including themes, templates, stickers, infographics, collections, designs for brands, etc.
By the way, you can also request work from the artists on the site.
Flick is a website owned by Yahoo! that functions as an extensive community with social network touches, focused primarily on exhibiting professional quality photography work and photo-realistic designs.
Anyone can sign up for a free account on Flickr, store a collection of up to 1,000 images, and use some of the great online editing tools the platform offers.
Here you can find extensive fan art libraries in a portfolio, album, or gallery formats, on which you can apply different organization and search filters.
Due to the focus on photography, on Flickr, you’ll find a smaller volume of fan art images compared to other sites, but if what you’re looking for is fan art with a realistic and photographic style, such as portraits and compositions, this is your place.
Imgur is a platform to store and share images of all kinds instantly, both on social networks and on The Web.
The best thing about Imgur is the versatility and freedom you have on the platform to upload images, edit them, and share them where, when, and how you want. It’s also one of the top websites where you can find literally tons of fan art.
This freedom the website has is one of the reasons for its enormous popularity since it’s very common to see how easily shared images go viral – including memes, gifs, videos, animations… – and not only of fan art about series, games, or movies but about any subject in general.
Naturally, since anyone can register and upload images how they want, the site bets more on the quantity than on the quality of the content, although if you look carefully, you can also get many small but spectacular works of fan art about your favorite show, movie or character.
CG Society is one of the most comprehensive online communities dedicated to the promotion of digital art in all its forms.
CG Society is a site for those who want to be part of a large online community, with the option of getting free paid exposure. In fact, many big names in the digital art industry often wander around the site looking for new talent.
It has a fairly active forum where users share ideas, opinions, and show some work too.
Despite the name, CG Society evolved a long time ago, and today, in addition to the fact that you can get a large number of fan art creations in CGI or 3D rendering, you also get sculptures in different materials, concept arts, hand drawings, etc. In general, the themes are quite varied.
Pixiv is a huge online community for digital artists with a focus on Japanese manga/anime and video game fan art.
Most of the users on Pixiv are young and beginner Japanese artists who want to make their work known in the world of manga and anime in a fun way – although it’s also true that there are many professionals on the platform.
The interface is quite accessible and is available in several languages, including English.
Pixiv basically works through a category system based on tags, very similar to Twitter, so the site is pretty easy to browse, even with the large number of images uploaded by its more than 20 million users.
So, if you’re looking for authentic Japanese manga and anime fan art – including sex, violence, and gore – Pixiv is your website.
ZeroChan is an imageboard about Japanese anime quite similar to Pixiv, although let’s say it is smaller and less known.
ZeroChan focuses mainly on young anime fan artists who are just taking their first steps in that world and who are looking mainly for inspiration.
The interface is more simplistic and easier to use than that of Pixiv, and in addition to uploading your own designs, you can also download the work of other artists, although with certain limitations.
However, keep in mind that this is a site mainly for amateurs, without too much fan art of excellent quality.
Tumblr is a microblogging platform where users can post texts, images, videos, and more, somewhat similar to Twitter.
Tumblr is one of the most popular sites to talk and post about all kinds of topics, including series, movies, video games, and of course, fan art.
On this site, instead of receiving likes, users receive comments or reblogs of their best publications, which greatly increases their exposure.
If you’re looking for fan art, you’ll find everything here; not only illustrations, but also handcraft fan art, and all of the good quality. On top of that, the content is really well organized by categories and hashtags, which makes the platform a good fan art database.
Best of all, many of the artists leave links in their publications that take you directly to their online stores. There you can buy all kinds of products related to the fan art publications that interest you or other works from the artist, including labels, prints, clothing, 3D models, etc.
At this point, who hasn’t heard about Instagram, the largest visual social network in the world? That it has more than 1,000 million registered users should tell you something.
Although Instagram is not a specific platform for digital artists, many professionals in the field prefer to use this platform as a portfolio to reach a greater number of potential clients.
This means that you’ll find a HUGE amount of content about fan art of any kind you can think of, but often of low quality. Naturally, many of the best artists usually leave links to their websites where they show their best work.
Instagram makes use of hashtags to make it easier to find content on its platform. Besides that, it has Facebook-like social media features such as ‘like,’ ‘comment,’ ‘tag,’ etc.
Twitter ranks fourth in popularity worldwide among social media. It’s normal if we take into account that the platform is used mainly as a means of global and instant communication.
However, it’s also true that many personalities – some very popular and others not so much – use it as a means of contact with their followers.
In this sense, many artists make use of Twitter to show a large amount of high-quality fan art. In fact, on Twitter, you can find many artists who exclusively create fan art with specific themes and who also have thousands of followers.
Out there on The Web, it’s said that Twitter and Pixiv have some kind of somewhat mysterious link…
Finally Facebook. What kind of fan art can you find on the biggest and most popular social network?
Well, being the largest network, Facebook is also the most varied, so here you’ll find fan art on any subject you can think of.
On Facebook, you’ll find fan pages where artists expose their work for everyone to enjoy. You can follow your favorite creatives, like their pages or posts, and make comments.
In addition, there are also Facebook groups, which are small communities where members can have greater interaction with each other, in addition to publishing content related to the group’s theme and getting feedback, participating in surveys, contests, etc.