Fan Art Is a Tribute to Visual Media
Fan art has been around as long as media has - from artists' renderings of scenes from books, to expanding the universe of a movie or video game. The imaginations of many a creative mind have been sparked by a random scene or conversation that simply begs them to take it one step further. Here is a collection of fifteen works from artists on DeviantArt which have captured the essence of a video game (or games) in stunning tribute to the inspiring work.
We'll start with an epic piece spanning not one, but two award-winning games by BioWare: Mass Effect and Dragon Age, depicting the crew of the Normandy as they would appear on Thedas: Dragon Effect by AndrewRyanArt
An adorable piece of Dragon Age's Cullen followed by a mabari puppy just looking for someone to love, Following Cullen is sure to tug at your heartstrings.
Kaidan Alenko and the player's version of Commander Shepard (female), characters from BioWare's Mass Effect series, sleep on the couch. Fighting Reapers sure takes a lot out of you.
What has been seen cannot be unseen. Clearly, hammers were modeled after Turian heads. At least, that is what I took away from this comic featuring Mass Effect's Commander Shepard messing with her Turian companion, Garrus.
Kaidan Alenko and the artist's Commander Shepard (female) from BioWare's Mass Effect series share a dance at an Officer's Ball in this fantastic, fantasy-like piece.
Pokémon so adorable, you can't just have one. Baby Riolu is wearing a hoodie of his evolution, Lucario, in Isn't he Ad-AURA-ble, while Mew dons a onesie tribute to his genetically altered sibling Mewtwo in Mew... too?, both by ItsBirdyArt.
What a shocker - Raichu from Pokémon has been misbehaving! For Shame by Centchi captures this sulky pocket monster mid-shaming.
A clever piece depicting Tyrael, Angel of Justice and a Night Elf hunter from Blizzard's Diablo and Warcraft universes. Let's just hope that Tyrael doesn't mistake the elf for a succubus, yes?
A powerful piece depicting many of the support champions from Riot Games' League of Legends, ffSade's League of Legends - We Shall Protect pays tribute to those unsung heroes who stand behind us and hold us aloft.
Fan Art is Our Expression of Love for Video Games
Video games have traditionally been a rich source of inspiration for artists. The vivid visuals and in-depth story lines of many video games help spark the imagination, and artists often put their talents to good use, creating beautiful works of fan art in tribute to their favorite games. Many of these artists display their work on DeviantArt, a social networking site dedicated to offering artists a place to exhibit, promote, and share their work with a like-minded community.
This slideshow is only a tiny sampling of the immense talent available on DeviantArt, so if you like what you see, please, visit the website and discover more awesome artists like these.