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In this journal, I want to display appreciation to artists who draw self-insert art. Why do I praise this certain kind of art you may ask?

Well, for a couple of reasons.

Self-insert is expression. It shows that our love for the fandoms and how much we want to appreciate the characters we have fallen for.

Self-insert is comfort. Sometimes, in life, drawing yourself in the arms of a favorite character boosts up a cheer and makes the artist feel better because it only applies to them.

Self-insert is an escape. When we want to handle something right now in the real world, our imagination can take us away, even for a little bit, before we're ready to face life.

I for one have been writing and drawing for 7 years of self-insert and I plan to keep going for my fandoms. I hope that whoever feels the need to express their fandoms in expression, comfort, or escape should continue to do so. And nobody should EVER judge, because many of us share that same fandoms.

So, if you have any artwork of such of these, I'll be gladly to display them on my page with your permission of course. Send me a link of your artwork (choose one that you're most proud of), and I will display.

There is no shame in self-insert art. I've come to believe that.


Will you?
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HopelessDayDreams Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I do self inserts from time to time but I don't post ALL my drawings cause I feel nervous about 'em.
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Ferettoko Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
That's good. I've been holding in my self-insert art for a while. (though my main concern is making them all look too the same 'XP)
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VioletArtisan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Permission granted. :D I like to do self-inserts from time to time. I have several in my gallery, and I just drew this one recently.

violetartisan.deviantart.com/a…
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Cellenia2 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
......... *Sigh* I did self insert with my main lovelies... Cell, Hades and Ratigan, to name them... I love these three couples more than everything... 

I agree with everything you said... But... The thing is I heard horrors about it...... And now, I always fear to do them...

Besides... Self insert is hated, this is obvious...... But some are accepted, cause the "OC" is famous, great, etc... I especially lived that with Cell... Some of "Cell's greatest fan" , so, even if it's self insert, they are loved...... And me... I can hide...

So......... *Sigh*
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NightAngelGirl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I forgot I had one sketch with my favorite character check it out amazingangelchild.deviantart.c… Sorry it doesn't look good and weird having problem with my scanner but I have fun drawing this and improving my skill taking that challenge.   
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NightAngelGirl Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, very true Nod  I always love to write myself in one of the adventures  on fanfiction getting away from reality having my own amazing adventure and romance and I wanted to draw one myself in my favorite character.
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Toony-Tornado Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I agree on this with a full, 100% confidence! Self-inserts with being comforted, or just doing something fun, with a characters you love and enjoy, young and old!

They help you feel better when you're feeling down, and make you smile and feel happier about the day as you work on them, and the best thing is you can make your very own adventure with any and all of your favorite characters.


Out of all my pictures, these self inserts are my most favorites, and you welcome to use them, and any of them if you like hun:D:D:D
toony-tornado.deviantart.com/a…
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shadow4everandaday Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And if you have permission to display this bit of self-insert art I did with myself and merman Thor! Long live self inserts!

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shadow4everandaday Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't agree more! I love seeing self inserts. I think it's an honest way to express love for a character and feel closer to them by drawing yourself into their world! :) I can't imagine why anyone would ever put that down! At some point or another, everyone who loves a movie or cartoon has imagined themselves in the world with the character. :heart:
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SailorPhantom Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't decide between them. XO sailorphantom.deviantart.com/a… or this one? sailorphantom.deviantart.com/a… Blast! I'm sorry!
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Obversa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Writer
The only time I judge a self-insert is when it isn't done correctly, in which case I like to critique. You're a character just like any other in a book; unfortunately, however, many younger or amateur writers tend to make their inserts Mary-Sues. Not every self-insert is "bad", however. 
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Tifa-the-Strange Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I've always found self-insertion, in a way, important.

Like you said, it is an escape and a form of expression, which leads to it becoming a form of escape.

I've always practiced his since I could pick up a pencil and draw, and it is a wonderful feeling.

But, of course, there are people who abuse the self-insertion and make it as "a way of life" and practically ruin the experience, for both themselves and maybe others, which makes self-insertion an unappealing way of expression.

I will always use self-insertion, for it makes me happy and hope to show the positive side of it, just like you :)

I find no shame in self-insert art, but like I said before, it depends on the person and hopefully the "obsessive" fans don't ruin it.
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A-Ravens-Feather Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm too self-conscious to do so sadly. T-T
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CrazyAcornOMG Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, you know I've certainly got my share of self-inserts! Very nice journal, KP. I'd love to be displayed on your page. Any chapters of WAPP would be grand, or this picture: crazyacornomg.deviantart.com/a…
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Ali-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   General Artist
This one I really like after a talk I had about the show invaderali.deviantart.com/art/…

Granted I wanna hug every character from all my fandoms but this is one pic I really like.
You can feel free if there's anything else you might wanna use in my gallery.
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Jackie-Chaos-Bunny Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Preach it, sister!

I've done plenty of self-insert art and fics myself, so I know exactly where you're coming from.
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Ali-Vega Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   General Artist
Lol, my gallery is (mostly)nothing but self insert stuff...hmmm, most proud of....time t browse
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Neekolassz0r Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gosh you said all of the words i've been wanting to say for a while so eloquently and beautifully. <3
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TessaLovesOzzy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! Thank you! I am a self insert artist. I do it almost all the time. Heres one I did to a Vocaloid Song with my favorite characters . Im proud of this one even though its a sketch. tessalovesozzy.deviantart.com/…
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thraxbaby Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, yeah, thanks for reminding me! I have another drawing I forgot to upload... that may be self-insert
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Merdragon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I may not have an "self-insert" but I do appreciate when others do it. It was actually you and :devCrazyAcornOMG: That made me see how it can be seen in a good light. The "Self-inserts" you guys have made aren't Mary Sues as people claim self-inserts are. The world they are put in do not contort around every thing they've done. The Mechanics are still the same and the characters act accordingly. And For the time I've watched you (which isn't as long as some others on here) You've proven that Self-inserts are used for exactly those reasons you've said in this post even before saying it.

I will forever say SunshinePrankster is my OTP in my books and I hope I get my computer back for I can finish that Image I've been meaning to finish. -_-;;

I would attribute but I don't really have one to give. But I do hope that many others would attribute theirs. =)
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P0nyC4nd1skulz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student
I have much self-insert...
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Brinatello Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I used to do self-insert art in the TMNT fandom. I put myself in a few scenarios just for fun. In the GMD fandom, I digitally added Basil in a photo of myself. It was a photo taken two days after I had my shoulder surgery and I was in a lot of pain. I needed some comfort and felt like putting him in. I kept him at normal height, so it was of him standing on a table in a restaurant. That was back in April of 2010. It's up at my Facebook profile pictures if you're curious to see it.

I don't know if I'll ever do self-insert art again. Maybe if I'm in the mood, I'll do another photo manipulation. :shrug:
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MorianBloodmoon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
You have my permission! No one should ashamed or be forced to feel that way because others don't like it. It's "fan art" for a reason, y'all. It goes the same for fanfiction. ^^
It's for our own enjoyment and if oths appreciate it, then awesome! However, if you're not a fan of it, don't bash and make the artist/author feel bad for it, just move along until you find something you do like. 
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Basil4Life Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have a question, do self-insert stories count, or is it just artwork? 
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KiaraLPhoenix Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stories count too! X3
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Basil4Life Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! Okay, here's mine. ;)

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