A while ago, a German Kpop fan in university asked whether I’d be willing to answer some questions for her Korean studies paper.
I thought I’d share the answers I gave her, because lots of people knew me as a Kpop fan first from Aheeyah and I have lots of Kpop fan readers as well.
I’ll also share some of my old fan graphics ^^
Because this post is becoming longer and longer (cuz I’m a chatty old granny), I’ll post the fanart first and the Q&A in part two ^^
In my ‘Kpop career’, I actually didn’t make that many fanart. Most of the graphics I did were for more ‘technical’ reasons for Aheeyah — layout, banners, avatar, etc. I really prized Aheeyah’s layouts for always being very pretty and unique, and always using a different header graphic on each page.
I didn’t make fanart often for the sake of fanart itself, but here were the few that I did make.
All single pieces are original artwork by frostedsnow. Do not repost.
All compilation pieces were created by various artists (listed below) for Aheeyah’s graphic battle. Do not repost.
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This was my first time trying out vector art. I had always admired it and wondered how ppl did it, and finally went to find a tutorial to do it myself.
Basically, to create vector art, you trace with your mouse all the portions of the picture that are of the same color, and fill it in, usually starting with the lightest color of the skin and then working out.
The more shades of color you use, the more detailed your picture (and of course, the longer it takes).
It’s basically drawing out and filling in the gradations of the picture. Actually, a lot of times when I do my makeup, I think in terms of photoshop — except in real life on my face. When I apply BB cream before liquid concealer, and liquid concealer before spot concealer, I am creating gradation, exactly like vector art =p
‘Battle of the Artists’
Aheeyah forums ran a graphic battle contest — except in elimination rounds with one artist eliminated and a new theme for each round. I ran the contest, created the themes for each round, and took part myself as well.
Theme: stock images
I couldn’t find an open fantasy story book, so I found stock images of an open book and placed fantasy story images and wrote lines in an olden day fairy-tale type font to make it!
I usually like to let graphics speak for itself, but since this is not an artwork blog, I’ll explain: it’s basically a scene from a fairy tale coming to reality — prince YoungSaeng stepping out into real life! The girl vs dragon is a reflection of the left page of the storybook (the girl on the horse is the exact same image of the girl in the storybook, flipped).
I also wanted to have a female heroine riding a white horse saving the prince — it doesn’t always have to be the other way around!
theme: drawing on paper
theme: create your own graphic that will be combined with your team’s as a ‘mural’
artist credits (left to right): chibibaka, debbii, Hikaru Shidou, Ama-Chan, frostedsnow
My team’s mural was a horizontal one.
artist credits (top to bottom): kahel, JustINtroverted, thesnowcrane, yoohoo84, Rai
The other team we were up against had to do a vertical mural (which I think was much more difficult as there’s more of the picture to combine!)
It’s moments like these, as I flip through old Aheeyah forum pages, reading and looking through all the activities we held, the staff who helped me out, the interactions, that makes me feel really nostalgic and kind of sad T_T
Those were really some good ol’ days.
Nowadays, I don’t make fan art much anymore, but I still really admire the arts and creation side of Kpop. It’s basically a fan’s expression of their love and passion for Kpop.