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Old 04-14-2005, 12:25 PM   #1
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FanArt & Participation

Okay I'm going to talk about FanArt more seriously.

I never said I hate fan art, in fact I did lots of things that could be considered fan art as a kid.
I learned to draw by drawing my favorite characters from TV series and comics.
My first novel or short story was just re-writing an existing story from a book and make in the first person (From the point of view of one of the characters).
When I was ten years old I did a series of Mortal Kombat comics (with horrible drawings) inspired by real Mortal Kombat comics and of course by the game from Ed Boon and John Tobias.
So in my opinion fan art (or whatever you want to call it) is a great way for starting yourself in any art form. But that’s it, you can’t copy other artist ideas forever if you want to become an artist.
If someday (soon I hope) I publish a book, I wouldn’t like seeing fan sites doing fan fiction with the characters I created in the worlds and contexts I created. And most of the authors I read don’t like that either.

As I said, fan art and fan fiction are not bad, but it’s like drugs, once you have some it’s hard to quit. And fan art doesn’t add much to art. Art needs creative an original people to come up with their own original and creative concepts.
So I, as an artist, don’t want to encourage something that doesn’t do any good to art. Fan art is not bad, but is not good enough either.

Since the very beginning The Dig Museum had as a philosophy to have only official material. Though there might be slightly exceptions, fan art is not one of them.
I’ve seen one or two guys (and girls) who did some very interesting The Dig art, but they didn’t submit it to our site, I just found it digging around the web.
So far nobody has asked us or sent us any fan art on any art form. So I guess if someday I receive let’s say… 5 to 10 or more proposals or submissions of fan art, then I guess I could consider that possibility. Until then I guess there is no point on arguing about this.

How could a fan participate on The Dig Museum if it has a philosophy of “no fan art”?
Well, I have considered this since the very beginning of the site. Visitors are going to be able to submit their own The Dig reviews to be posted in the REVIEWS section.
More recently I’ve been creating a new section where visitors can share their The Dig experiences. What’s that? Well, for me playing The Dig was an unforgettable experience, and I would like to describe how was the very first day I played it and what where the things I was feeling, therefore telling my The Dig experience. So The Dig Museum is going to have a section where visitors can submit their own The Dig experiences.

Is there anything else to say? Mmmh…no, I think that’s all.

Oh, yes.
During the past six months, I’ve been doing almost nothing but working on The Dig Museum, working really hard.
So if you put yourselves in my position from a few seconds, you’ll understand why I piss off when I see grumpy people complaining about everything.

- SERIOUSNESS OVER
- IMMATURENESS ALERT!

Now it seems that everyone can do a The Dig site! There have passed 10 years since the release of The Dig! And there wasn’t a single serious The Dig site. Now that I come here doing something good, everyone can do it better. THE HELL WITH THAT!

Dear Grumpy Minorities that hide behind nicknames, and live in the dark corners of forums,

EAT MY PANTS!
You disgusting, pathetic rats, why in the hell don’t you buy yourself a decent life? Why you don’t start yourself in fire and though yourself through a window? I would love to shoot on your leg, so you would have to hear me sing Christmas songs until you can’t take it anymore!

Well, that’s enough for now.

- IMMATURENESS OVER
- SERIOUSNESS ALERT!

Sorry about that, but I mean it. Anyway, you can ignore that part of the post. If anyone has anything else (serious) to say, they are welcomed…

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