22 Pieces of Art to Honor Your Inner Fangirl
When a hit TV show’s finale fades to black, they’ll be there. When a bookstore throws a YA launch party, they’ll be there. When an artist secretly drops a new album overnight, YA’LL KNOW, they’ll be there. We’re talking about super fans: those loyal lovers of pop culture phenoms and cult classics who have turned Comic-Con into one of the biggest events of the year. And while we do love a creative fan fic now and then, our latest obsession is fan art. We picked out some of the most amazing pieces of original art from around the web, and it’s got us pining for these characters all over again — just in time for summer binging.
4. Superheroes: What are all those Marvel and DC Comics characters doing in their spare time? Just chillin’, from the looks of it. (Bonus: This artist also brings his comic drawing style to RuPaul’s Drag Race.) (via Chad Sells)
7. Disney: The gang’s all here in this whimsical collage of Disney’s best good guys and bad guys. The artist has also done a group shot of Game of Thrones characters, which somehow makes them look downright cuddly. (via Margaux Saltel)
8. Harry Potter: There’s nary a richer world than the Potterverse, and this artist has spared no detail from some of the books’ heavier scenes. Plus, some of the imagined scenes are so realistic, we’re more than happy to consider them canon. (via Burdge)
10. Emoji Fan Art: Yeah, we thought we were pretty good with emojis too. That is, until this Instagrammer’s pop culture portraits put ours to shame. It’s like macaroni art for your smartphone. (via yungjake)
11. Super Mario Bros.: Princess Peach may have always been the damsel in distress, but she’s front and center in this illustrator’s tribute to Super Mario Bros. Check out the rest of her blog and store for doodles of another strong #girlboss, Hermione Granger. (via Michelle Hiraishi)
13. Intense Character Portraits: Much like the latest superhero movies have made Batman, Superman, et al. far more dramatic than their comics ever suggested, this fan adds some serious gravitas to characters you wouldn’t expect, like Scooby Doo and Calvin and Hobbes. (via CoranKizerStone)
14. Disney University: Mike and Sully got to attend Monsters University, but what about Jasmine, Snow White, Simba and Nala? Even Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, becomes a millennial in this series. (via Hyung86)
18. Doctor Who: Is it even possible to improve upon the classic Americana that is a Normal Rockwell painting? Turns out the answer is a resounding yes when you Photoshop it to include your favorite classic TV shows. (via Rockbetter)
19. Mad Men: Mad Men will always go down as one of the most fashionable shows on TV, so it’s perfectly appropriate that fashion artist David Downton sketched such stunning portraits of the show’s characters. (via David Downton /Vogue UK)
20. Future Harry Potter: Can’t wait until the West End stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to find out what happens to HP and friends? Indulge your imagination in these lively drawings of the next generation of Hogwarts students. (via TwiggyMcBones)
22. Pop Culture Posters: From the banana stand to the Death Star, from JJ’s Diner to Bob’s Burgers, we think this fan art will fit in perfectly with your other retro travel posters. (via Andrew Heath)
Are you a diehard fan of a particular series, movie or artist? Have you ever created fan art before? Share your fandom in the comments!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)