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Oh! Hi there, my name is Felipe...
(sitting in a rockin chair while drinking some cognac near the fire place)
Today I feel like talking about fanart, and try to explain myself why have I done it and what do I think about it... after... all this... time. (well that was shitty)

So. You might know I've been doing some fanart over the time. I've done some Star Wars thingies, League of Legends, Super Mario, Megaman X, Tokyo Ghoul, and above all, Pokemon. Even some Dune, Lord of the Rings, Warhammer 40k, Diablo III and Tyrian 2000 are involved. But, yeah. That's pretty cool and all, but what do I think about all of that?

I think some of it's SHIT

and some of it is pretty fun to do you know.

Why do I think some of it is a f*uckin ***** **** ***** pile of **** may you ask. Because I made it with the purpose of getting some attention in the process. D: The horror! But yeah... accept it. We all have done it.
I think my early fanart was made with that intention, since I wasn't really known in the illustration world or respected by my colleagues (or pretty much anybody). I was seeking for some "company" in this lonely carrier. As a young student, it can get pretty boring and sad (if you are studying alone by yourself in your home, inside a dark room for ages and ages) so you might want to get some attention out there. Also as a young student you get this feeling and idea that to be popular is a sort of objective in life? You look up to all of this artists you get to see around the web, being so popular and cool, and you kinda say to yourself that you want to achieve something like that.
A manner to achieve that is through doing fanart. Everyone loves fanart. Why? Because people have a say on it. No one cares about your original characters or design ideas. Not because they suck... but your artistic skill does. So people are not impressed, unless you do some known character in a different style. Because people feel related to it and it gives something to talk about. So you might get a lot of comments and your little gray soul will start to get the feeling of acceptance and that so wanted attention. Actually this has a scientific explanation. The hormone that's in charge of recognition and status. Seratonin. Whenever we get social acceptance we get this feeling of pride and so we get a shot of Seratonin in our system. Which is good, because it helps us to make sense to whatever goal we are achieving. The human body recognizes so much more when you have done something, and the community congratulates you and praise you for it, so it feels good. Dopamine is the hormone of goal and achievement. And it's extremely addictive. Whenever you reach a goal you get a shot of it and the feeling is instant. It's a feeling of pleasure, relaxation and achievement. This 2 hormones are the ones in effect while doing this sort of things. But what's the bad part. That we need another hormone in order to level with this addictive sensations, which is Oxytocin. The hormone of love and social attachment. We get a shot of Oxytocin whenever we get physical touch. And the cool thing about Oxytocin is that inhibits addiction. So it counters the last two hormones. So bad luck for us, ugly bald and lonely Smeagols, because the illustration carrier doesn't allows you too much time to interact with other people and worst. Most of the social interaction you are gonna get is through a computer. So it doesn't work. So that's why we see some people fall down so easily into this vortex of fanart and attention seeking. Attention whores we call them. And they might not know it. But they are quite addicted to it.

So yeah... hormones and all. but what do we actually know about fanart is that there's 2 ways to do it. A good way, and a "poor" way (I'm not gonna say a bad way cause this shit is so easy there isn't one). The poor way is the one we were talking about. When the goal is to achieve attention, when the goal is to get the likes, to get the faves, to get the comments. Yeah I get it. It's cool and it feels really good and all. But as a young artist or a young student you shouldn't (IMO) set that as a goal, because you forget about the cool thing it could become, cause you play it safe. And in my opinion, that's boring and a waste of your skills.
The cool thing about fanart is that is a very easy way to train your "style". Is a very nice way to also, train your creativity in a narrow space of action. It's like putting boundaries on the play field. You have this area [_] to play around. Do whatever! Go nuts! You don't have to think about what it is. You already know that. The job's done. It's Mario! It's Zelda! Play with the character. Do the character in a situation no ones as seen before, play with the detail. If it's a cartoony character, maybe try to make it realistic. If it's a realistic character, maybe try to make it cartoony.
Fanart is play field. Is a good way to level up your technique and to train some things you might need to sharpen. And that was the reason why I did some of my own fanarts.

Goomba by HFesbra this dude! was created with the only purpose of rendering detail. I could have done Mario, but no. I did a boring goomba for a contests cause I wanted to train my rendering skills.

Cubone - Wild Life Series by HFesbra This guy. Was a part of experiments I started on imagining the Pokemon world in a more creepy, realistic situation. I trained concept and technique. I tried to achieve this night camera vision. And it was amazingly fun. Even when Cubone is a lizard. who gives a shit. And it was the beginning of a small series of other fanarts. Some of them poorly made, and some of them interesting in a way. I stopped when I felt I was doing it for the likes. Cause it just felt void and pointless.

Snorlax by HFesbraEntei by HFesbra this two guys were made on a favor to a great friend that's organizing a Pokedex Project. Camila helped me previously at the beginning of this year with the Concept Art Workshop here in Santiago. And she was an amazing help. So when she came to me with this proposition I said "sure! no problem". Anybody else? I would have told them to go **** themselves. I ain't doing commissions for free. And I took the liberty on doing these the best I could in my current quality state. So I trained. The funny thing? I'm not a Pokemon fan. I've never played Pokemon, I think the Pokemon anime sucks really bad. I don't hate it. I just think it's not my thing.

I'm doing a last couple of fanarts right now. And they're a rendition to one of the best games I've ever played. Icewind Dale II. With those fanarts I want to be able to achieve my best image composition, color and light ever. I really want to portrait Isair and Madae as dark as they are, and with that send a notice on WHY ARE NOT MORE OF THOSE ISOMETRIC RPGS COMING OUT. They were amazing!!!!! Genius!!!! Baldur's Gate II man! Baldur's F*CKIN Gate! Oh man... 

So yeah. I'm not trying to say that doing fanart is wrong. It's cool and all, and pretty fun too. But if you are a creative person, and if you are a skilled illustrator... I think is more valuable when you do something original and based on your own idea, rather than portrait somebody else's work. because at a matter of fact. These guys, for the detailed they are, they're not going to my portfolio.
If you happen to do fanart! Which is great! Do something interesting, do something new. Play with it. Be bold. be funny, whatever. That's my advise, and boy have I learn from it.

And finally. Try not fall into the popularity contest. I know several artists who are not that popular and man! they are the shit! Why? Because they are industry proffesionals. And they have a bigger goal on their heads. To be useful. To be part of a project. To work. That's in my idea more valuable than anything. And it gives you the respect from your peers. From your colleagues. And you might not have a bunch of fan boys following you around, you might not get retweeted all the time, or millions of likes on facebook, but you know, that you work. And you are fighting every time, every sketch, every little day dream on to get better and better and better. So if you are a young artist or a student, don't worry about not being popular. Worry about leveling up. Worry about getting better. Set a goal in your head. Tell yourself what do you want in life. That's your fuel. And your friends and family.

So yeah that's a lot of writting, actually I thought it would take less. I'm 20 minutes late for my working schedule and yeah! got to go level up!
Good day and have a lot of funny funs funk fun.

Yay! :3
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Cannibal Corpse
  • Reading: -
  • Watching: my screen
  • Playing: Dark Souls!
  • Eating: got to shop for food
  • Drinking: coffee


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:matteo: F.A.Q.:

:bulletred: Q: Do you take commissions?
:bulletblue: A: Yes I do. :)

:bulletred: Q: How much do you charge per "X" (x = any image required by client):
:bulletblue: A: It depends on many things. What kind of budget do you have, what's going to be used for, detail required, how much time do you want me to spend on the piece, etc. I take care to make a fair price so it suits you well.

:bulletred: Q: Do you work for free?
:bulletblue: A: No I don't. I finished University a couple years ago and now I have to live from what I do. So sadly I don't do any art for free anymore, because I wouldn't be able to pay my rent.

:bulletred: Q: Can I use/post/share some of your work for free?
:bulletblue: A: Of course. As long it's non commercial work and not looking to resell it. Any work here available might be used for this purposes as long you credit me and link the work back to my DA or ArtStation website.

:bulletred: Q: Where do you get inspiration?
:bulletblue: A: Music mainly. OST's or some related epicness like Wardruna or Two Steps From Hell. Almost anything that allows me to daydream. Lustmord and Alien OST are a huge deal also.




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Harryzon Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Muy buenos tus trabajos!! Felicitaciones!
Frozelz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your work is pretty badass!
HFesbra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
YOU are pretty badass for being here sir. thank you.
Frozelz Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Ah! Miss* hahaha thank you :) and of course.
Corrupted-Demon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Loving your art man!! :D
juantomajok Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Tu galeria es excelente, Felipe!!
HFesbra Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
gracias man. la tuya igual. saludos.
gourger Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing gallery dude. Already on my fave :D
Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Do you have Facebook?
HFesbra Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no I don't. For real. Sorry bout that.
Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Arw ok. What a pity. :(
Gnasvipzem Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my f*cking god, your arts are so good.. (y)
luka1184 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Hey! Awesome art! It really makes my imagination run wild when I look at your art. Seriously. I especially love the three pieces "Hermandad - Voces del Ocaso", "Templo - Voces del Ocaso" and "Secta - Voces del Ocaso". They have these fantastical elements about them that I just can't resist! And the warm colours and tones you use in the lighting are superb! Can you please tell me what your commission rate is like?
HFesbra Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hey. thanks man. really appreciate it. Currently I'm not taking commissions since I'm very busy with some unfinished work and the year is comming a little bit more busy in some other areas. But if you are really interested in some work you can send me an email to and we can talk it through.
Cheers mate, and thanks for the kind words.
inferno-sensus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave! Gallery :happybounce: 
Timkongart Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Likewise buddy. Hope we can meet again some time. Keep up the work man!
Brownie-art64 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Wn enséñame!
HFesbra Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Brownie-art64 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Cuanta sabiduría
Lord-of-Chimeras Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:+fav: :bow:
Refriger4dor Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
HFesbra Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
tu eri un refrigerador. que más pulento que eso pls.
Shinjya-Gohaku Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student General Artist
just wondering but how did you get a comic deal? any ideas on where one should go to publish  comic?
HFesbra Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i didn't. i just do my stuff on my freetime. just go ahead and do it baby. yeah~
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