An aspect about fan art that appeals to and inspires me to put together a gallery almost every week is seeing an artist reimagine a character I know. I'm absolutely impressed by the work and craft that goes into making photo-realistic likenesses of pop culture figures, but I'm more drawn to pieces that showcase an artist's distinct vision. I want to look at a character through fresh eyes, and I can do so through Hailey Jensen's work.
She told me she draws "way too much fan art," and I count the activity as a positive. The pieces she shared with me show strong and moody depictions of some of the most interesting female characters in current fandoms—characters like Dolores from Westworld.
The Dolores painting is Hailey's second time experimenting with gouache paint. Watch the process in this video:
See a few more kick-ass ladies in the gallery below, including a Lannister and some Starks from Game of Thrones. You'll also find a Star Wars mural (watch a process video for that one here). You can keep up Hailey's latest and greatest on DeviantArt and Instagram.
Do you create any sort of fan art? If so, I want to see it. Whether you focus on a specific fandom or pull inspiration from multiple stories and mediums, I'd like to highlight what you do. If you're interested in being featured in a future edition of Fan Art Friday, get in touch with me at [email protected] with examples of your work.
Images: Hailey Jensen