Calling all Rick and Morty fan artists! If you’re a super fan you’ll know that Adult Swim’s oddest duo have returned for 10 new episodes. Rick and Morty fans across the land are rickdiculously excited, and they’re hungry for some new fan art.
We’re about to be treated to new storylines, characters, quotes, memes, and bucket loads of inspiration. If you’re inspired to create, there are a lot of eager fans out there, and our partnership with Cartoon Network gives you a great opportunity to turn your inspiration into officially licensed fan art merch. We’ve put together some tips to help you channel your fandom and creativity into amazing art, but first here’s the Season 4 trailer to get us in the mood (Contains a sprinkling of NSFW language).
Rick and Morty Season 4 Trailer | Adult Swim (NSFW Language Warning)
Sketch While You Watch
There’s no better way to capture inspiration than in real time. You don’t need to be thinking about finished artwork at this stage, but having your sketchbook or iPad beside you is a great way to quickly capture ideas, character details or notable one liners.
Do Some Post-Episode Research
One of the greatest things the internet has given us is the ability to experience our favorite TV shows with a worldwide audience. Fans will gather and share their reactions on sites like Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit. You can gain a lot of insight into which parts of an episode resonated with a wider audience, and confirm whether it was just you who thought a certain moment was the funniest thing you’ve ever seen.
Designs by Dannychama, Akolytus, and khemmings94
Go With Your Gut
And in total contrast, you can decided that none of that matters and just create fan art based on something you thought was awesome. If you found something hilarious or clever, there will be other fans out there who agree, and you’ll be creating something that reflects your personality.
Be Original and Embrace Your Own Style
We can’t stress this one enough. It doesn’t matter where your inspiration comes from but the best fan art is the stuff that puts a unique twist on the original. When partners are reviewing submissions, they get super exited when they come across something truly unique in an artist’s own style. And fans love it too.
Designs by B-Cubed-Shirts, Patonegro, and cindygravois
Make Sure Fans Can Find Your Fan Art
Tagging and hashtags are an incredibly important part of the fan art recipe so our last tip is a reminder about putting some effort into thinking about both of these things. Tags, titles and descriptions matter when you’re adding your work to Redbubble and good hashtagging is the key to reaching fans on social. It’s worth spending some time researching popular tags and finding out where fans are. Take a look at the official channels to see what hashtags they’re using and check out fan accounts and popular posts for some ideas.
Designs by whatyoulove and Doomgriever
Most importantly, before you start creating new fan art please read over the brand guidelines. By familiarizing yourself with the guidelines, you’ll give your work the best chance of being officially licensed.
Are you excited for new Rick and Morty episodes? Have you got your sketchbooks at the ready? We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Blog header image: Buckle Up Morty! by jmlfreeman