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Selling Fanart (is it bad?)
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mcmasters



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vulpeslibertas wrote:
I prefer a pleasant chat about socio-economics myself. Very Happy


Me too, as long as there's some politics and sex in there somewhere.
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Marscaleb



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know what? Just ak the companies who own them what their stance is.

I was looking into whether or not I could show video game footage in videos I wanted to run ads with, and so I just checked out where the companies stood. Some companies freely allowed people to make money off of footage from their games, others were not so willing.

If you want to sell fanart of someone's IP, just ask them how they stand on that issue. Some companies will have a policy that says you can freely do that. Some might ask for part of your earnings.

Just ask.
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hipopotamo



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being not from the USA I've been holding my opinion for a while.

Notwithstanding the legality of selling fan-art (short version: it is not ) this is what is usually accepted behavior in the conventions I attend:

Nobody will complain at someone selling drawings of a character he works with professionally (So Dan Slot and Humberto Ramos will be selling chromes of Spider-man, the idea is that they will sign them)

Nobody will complain at an artist making drawings of a character he works with professionally (So Ramos can sketch a Spidey for me, that is fine)

In Artists' Alley, you are expected to show your original work, so actually selling fan-art is heavily frowned-upon...
...but, we poor starving artists have to make ends met, and pay for our stand so we...
...usually bring a catalog of characters we like to draw so that visitors can ask us to draw their favorite character on the spot...

In short, being asked to draw fan-art of a known character is more or less ok, as long as we showcase also original work, having pre-printed material is frowned upon.

For the convention I attended, we were strictly forbidden by organizers from selling anything that had a copyright. So I showcased my original art.

What we did was that we offered to draw portraits of people on my artist's style. In the end we made more money of such portraits than what we did on printouts...
C'est la vie...

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