There are multiple ways to add Fan Art to the website. You can click the My Content icon in the top header bar, which has links to your main content, and then click ‘My Fan Art’.
This will take you to your own ‘My Fan Art’ page. Once there, you’ll see a button at the top – ‘Add New Fan Art’. Click this to open a modal with the form to add a new Fan Art post.
The second way is to add new Fan Art from the main Fan Art Archive page. This is where all the Fan Art on the site is listed. As with the My Fan Art page, there is a button at the top of the page which will bring up the form for adding a new Fan Art post.
The final method is while adding or editing a Fan Artist post. On the ‘Content’ tab on the Fan Artist form, there is a selection box to select Fan Art to be assigned to the Fan Artist. At the bottom-right of this box, there is a ‘Add New Fan Art’ button.
This will open up a modal-within-a-modal, and when you fill in the form for the Fan Art and submit it, that Fan Art will automatically be added to the selected Fan Art in the Fan Art box for that Fan Artist.
The Add Fan Art Form
Now we’ll show you the ‘Add Fan Art’ form and break down each element.
Fan Art Title – This is the title of the Fan Art. Make sure to give it an appropriate title. If you’re uploading the Fan Art post, but you’re not the Fan Artist, make sure to use the same title that they did when they posted it at the original source. If they didn’t title it, choose a title that you think fits best. ‘Untitled 82737’ isn’t really a great title and giving it a suitable title will make it easier to find for Fans using the search and filter options.
Fan Art Description – This is optional but can be helpful for users wanting to know more about the Fan Art that might not be immediately obvious. If you’re uploading the Fan Art, but you’re not the Fan Artist, you should generally use the description they did at the original source. However, depending on the context, that description may not make sense while posted on this website.
Fan Art Image – This is the image file that represents the Fan Art itself. Click the ‘Add Image’ button to upload the image from your computer or mobile device.
Another modal will pop up, where you can either select an existing image you’ve uploaded before, or upload a new one by clicking the ‘Upload Files’ tab:
If uploading a new image file, you can either drag it into the upload box or click the ‘Select Files’ button to select the image file from your computer:
The minimum Width and Height for Fan Art image files is 600px. This is because that is the cropped thumbnail size for the main listings on the site and the layout of those pages would not look optimal otherwise. The maximum file size has also been set at 3MB. This is to save on resources. We are hosting all media on Life Is Strange Fans on an Amazon S3 bucket and we’re paying a monthly charge for hosting those files as well as each time they’re requested by users visiting the site. There are lots of resources for reducing the file size of images without noticeably sacrificing quality, but we highly recommend Tiny JPG or Tiny PNG.
If you make a mistake or want to change the image assigned to this Fan Art post, click the ‘X’ icon in the top-tight of the image. You can then click the ‘Add Image’ button again to add a new image.
Fan Artist – This is where you assign the Fan Artist for this Fan Art. You should always first use the search box to see if the Fan Artist already exists on the site.
If they appear in the list in the box on the left, simply click their name to add them to the box on the right. If you want to remove a Fan Artist from the box on the right, hover over it and click the minus icon. If the Fan Artist doesn’t already exist on the site, then you must add them now. You can use the ‘Add New Fan Artist’ button on the bottom-right. This will open a new modal-within-a-modal, where you can add the Fan Artist.
After filling out the ‘Add Fan Artist’ form and clicking Submit, that Fan Artist will automatically be added to the box on the right and you can continue with the rest of the form.
Commission Check – If the Fan Art you are uploading was a commissioned piece click the checkbox to mark it as such, and then enter the name of the person or organisation it was a commission for. If you know that the Fan Art was a commission because the description at the original source said so, but they didn’t name the person or organisation that commissioned it, then you can just enter Unknown.
Media Type – Check the appropriate box to denote what Medium this Fan Art is in – choices are 2D Fan Art, 3D Fan Art or Traditional.
Link To Character Page – Search for the relevant Characters that appear in this Fan Art and simply click their name to add them to the box on the right. We’ve already added the main characters from all Life Is Strange games as well as some side characters, but if a Character in a Fan Art you want to upload is missing in this list, please contact us and let us know.
Featured Characters – Start typing in the field to find Characters and click to add them. Select any Characters that are featured in the Fan Art, even if they are only in a photo in the background of the image.
Unlike the ‘Link to Character Page’ option, this field is used for filtering, allowing Fans to quickly find any other Fan Art featuring these Characters.
Tags – Start typing in the field to find any relevant Tags and click to add them.
If you want to add any new Tags, click the ‘Add New Tag’ button and in the popup box, enter the name of the Tag and click ‘Add Tag’. The Tag will be added to this Fan Art post automatically but will appear in the choices when adding any new Fan Art posts in the future.
If the Tag already exists you’ll be notified. Search for that Tag in the field instead to add it to the Fan Art.
Please note that in order to help Fans find the content they want, adding Tags is mandatory (denoted by the red asterisk). Consider the Characters featured in the Fan Art, the location, the mood, the colors or lighting or anything else that is significant about the piece. Tags such as ‘crying’, ‘sunset’, ‘lighthouse’, or ‘Max’ are all relevant, useful Tags.
Locations – Click the selection box to find any relevant Locations and click to add them. Start typing in the field to search for existing Locations. If you want to add any new Locations, click the ‘Add New Location’ button and in the popup box, enter the name of the Location and click ‘Add Location’. The Location will be added to this Fan Art post automatically but will appear in the choices when adding any new Fan Art posts in the future.
Games – Click the selection box and then click any Game that is relevant to the Fan Art to add it. You may choose more than 1 Game if appropriate (for example, it’s a crossover Fan Art that features Characters from more than 1 Game).
Episodes – Click the selection box and then click any Episode that is relevant to the Fan Art to add it. You may choose more than 1 Episode if appropriate (for example, it’s a poster that features scenes from more than 1 Episode).
Tip: For all of the above fields, hold CRTL/CMD to keep the selection box open and add multiple selections quickly.
Connected Fan Fiction – If the Fan Art is related to a Fan Fiction, e.g. It was commissioned by the Writer to use as a cover for their Fan Fiction or for inclusion in a Chapter, then you should add it here. Use the search field to see if the Fan Fiction is already in our database. If not, click the ‘Add New Fan Fiction’ button to add it now. A new modal-within-a-modal will pop up with the ‘Add Fan Fiction’ form.
View Art On Other Sites – Every Fan Art has an original source. You must select at least one by checking the relevant box. For each box you check, a new field will appear where you can copy and paste the full URL that links to the Fan Art as it appears on that network.
We’ve added the most common art sites and social networks, but if the Fan Art you want to upload appears on a source not listed here, please contact us to let us know.
Submit – Finally, once you’ve filled in all relevant fields, click the Submit button to add the Fan Art to the site. If you’re on a Fan Art Archive page or your ‘My Fan Art’ page, the page will refresh and your Fan Art will now appear in the listings.