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20 Amazing Pieces of Celebrity Fan Art

Most celebrities know they owe their success not only to their own talent, gumption, and hard work, but also to the support and loyalty of their fans. Thanks to social media, many up-and-coming painters, tattoo artists, graphic designers, and illustrators can share their works of celebrity fan art with the general public, paying homage to their favorite stars. Oftentimes, actors, musicians, and models spot these fan-made works on social media and respond by expressing their deepest gratitude, praising the talent of the creators, and re-posting snaps of these artistic masterpieces for their many followers to admire and enjoy.

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From black-and-white drawings of Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner to fashion illustrations of Rihanna, and mixed media pieces honoring Tyra Banks and Jennifer Lopez, check out some of the most fascinating #fanart on Instagram — all pieces that earned the enthusiastic support of the celebrities they immortalized.

 

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Thanks to Hayden Williams for this beautiful drawing. #fanart #lambs #lambily 💋‍💞

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1Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey had a vision of love when she laid eyes on this beautiful illustration by Hayden Williams. In it, the bling-loving diva is shown wearing a slinky, floor-length gown with a bustier bodice, a nipped-in waist, and a butterfly embellishment atop a thigh-high slit.

2Olivia Munn

When a fan tattooed an image of Olivia Munn as telepathic X-Men member Psylocke on his leg, the actress deemed it the ultimate form of flattery. The character, a precognitive ninja who wields a psychic katana, was introduced in this year's X-Men: Apocalypse. Munn gushed about the tattoo, sharing it with fans and adding the caption, "Ummm....this. is. BANANAS!! Ultimate #fanart."

Big thanks to the talented @wesleydesenhos for this drawing! Check out his page. Awesome stuff.. #fanartfriday

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3Taylor Lautner

Actor Taylor Lautner — who played Bella's werewolf friend and love interest Jacob Black in the Twilight film series— got the ultimate howl of approval from fan Wesley Gomes (@wesleydesenhos) via this black-and-white sketch. Lautner praised the drawing and encouraged his own followers to follow the Brazilian artist on IG. No wonder so many Twilight fans were #teamjacob!

Ain't this crazy? Artist @maielnagaart put my thinking (bottle) cap on. Genius!

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4Tyra Banks

Visual artist Mai El Naga sketched Tyra Banks's face on a wood panel, making sure to accentuate her bone structure and hypnotic eyes, then hand-painted bottle caps and glued them to the panel in order to create a dramatic head piece. The smizing supermodel gave the piece a thumbs-up, referencing her "thinking (bottle) cap."

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Amazing fan Art. O' what a beautiful morning

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5Lady Gaga

This stunning drawing captures the multifaceted nature of Lady Gaga's artistry, which is probably why the "Born This Way" singer showered it with praise! In the piece, Gaga flaunts a black bob, plum eye shadow, her signature stiletto nails, and fishnet tights. The letters and symbols drawn on her cheeks and chest, meanwhile, spell out, "I [heart] Tony," a reference to musical collaborator Tony Bennett, while her facial expression suggests she's thinking of something dreamy. Perhaps about dancing cheek to cheek?

#AMAZING 😂😂😂💋💋💋 #CookieMonster #CookieMonsters #Repost @rillvisionart ・・・ Gimme the cookies!!!

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6Taraji P. Henson

Even Sesame Street's Cookie Monster loves Taraji P. Henson's Empire alter ego, the saucy Cookie Lyon. In this hilarious drawing by Jernard Robinson, the beloved blue Muppet is embracing the matriarch of the Lyon family and holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies. C is for cookies — that's good enough for all of us!

#metgala2015 #art

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7Rihanna

When Rihanna arrived at the 2015 Met Gala to celebrate the museum's "China: Through The Looking Glass" fashion exhibition, she did so in a yellow, fur-trimmed cape with a long train intricately embroidered with floral scrolls — the handiwork of Chinese designer Guo Pei. It was one of RiRi's most memorable red carpet moments, as evidenced by this enchanting fan-made drawing which the "Work" singer shared with her her IG followers.

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Great work @thebutcherbilly 💚💚💚

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8Jared Leto

Brazilian artist and graphic designer Butcher Billy fused together two immediately recognizable images when creating this work: Jared Leto as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film and the cover art of David Bowie's Aladdin Sane album, which features the late rock icon as Ziggy Stardust, with a lightning bolt painted over one eye. Rather than the "Damaged" tattoo Leto has emblazoned across his forehead in the film, here he's stamped with the phrase "Bowied." As a rocker and actor, Leto was honored by the visual mash-up.

9Gina Rodriguez

Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez was so grateful for this fan portrait by Dani Ward that she gushed about it on her Instagram feed, writing, "Can't even handle how dope this is, blessings to your ridiculous talent." The graphic novel–style work was inspired by a Women's Health photo of Gina Rodriguez sinking her teeth into the laces of her gold boxing gloves.

This😍😩 @nutty_puppy

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10Zendaya

Illustrator Sunny Wong (@nutty_puppy) specializes in fashion-forward depictions of celebrities with their beloved dogs. This adorable illustration of Zendaya sporting gray-colored hair and holding her schnauzer Noon caught the Disney star's eye. Talk about putting your best paw forward!

Thanks soooo much for the cool art work!!!! @Papergrenade

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11Jennifer Lopez

Creating the ultimate collage, artist Gillean Clark composed a backdrop of magazine covers, spreads, and newspaper articles featuring Jennifer Lopez, then juxtaposed a sketch of her face over it, adding dots of yellow and green paint to further shade the drawing and add the desired depth. The result is a mixed media masterpiece of which La Lopez approved!

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12Norman Reedus

Arguably the best and most beloved character on AMC's The Walking Dead, Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) puts down "walkers" with a crossbow, rides a motorcycle like a boss, and manages to look hot while covered in dirt, blood, and zombie guts. This fan tattoo celebrates Daryl's badassery — and, in turn, the work of the actor who breathes life into the character.

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13Viola Davis

Viola Davis's look at the 2015 Academy Awards was the inspiration for this drawing by Brazilian artist Felipe Silva Lemes. Using colored pencils, he beautifully captured the How to Get Away With Murder star's natural curls, glossy oxblood lipstick, va-va-va-voom lashes, luminous skin, and enchanting smile — not to mention that Van Cleef & Arpels pearl necklace!

14Laura Prepon

Orange Is the New Black star Laura Prepon was completely smitten with this drawing, depicting her character in the series, Alex, sharing a tender moment atop her bunk with ex-girlfriend and fellow inmate Piper Chapman. The missing mattress is a nod to the bed bug infestation that struck Litchfield in season 3 and which forced inmates to sleep on hard bed frames and toilet paper pillows.

This is super dope. Thanks for the bday luv @bapdibujos! Xx.

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16Fergie

As a tribute to Fergie on her birthday, Paraguay-based fan Bruno Aranda Pertile created this animated graphic, which finds the "London Bridge" singer surrounded by famous landmarks: the Statue of Liberty in New York City, the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. When you hit the play button, Fergie blinks and smiles, while the symbols around her shift about as if dancing!

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This might be the cutest thing I ever did see. #FanArtFriday #Regram @poppekins

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17Lupita Nyong'o

This adorable illustration of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, created by fan Poppekins, was inspired by the actress's ensemble at the 2016 Met Gala. For the big night, Nyong'o donned a shimmering light green Calvin Klein gown and wore her hair in an African-inspired, sculptural, sky-high updo. The Mexican-born Kenyan actress re-posted the heartwarming illustration on IG with the caption, "This might be the cutest thing I ever did see." Agreed!

Mood 🏒 by @inkedikons

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18Cara Delevingne

If the "You Are Not A Beautiful Snowflake" tattoo drawn along her chest, the "Project Mayhem" phrase placed on her side, and the portraits of a smoking Tyler Durden on her arm didn't give it away, this gritty illustration by Wayne Maguire was inspired by the notion of supermodel Cara Delevingne as a Fight Club member. In accordance with the theme, Delevingne is drawn in a fighting stance, her fists bandaged and her knuckles bloodied from the force of her punches.

19Naomi Campbell

Fashion design student and illustrator Seyma Darama earned a gold star — and multiple fist bump emojis — from catwalk queen Naomi Campbell after sharing this colorful illustration of the '90s supermodel. Even the ombré lip color and gold choker necklace are classic Naomi fare!

R u serious? Please tell your mom I'm sorry! #thanks4the❤️ gx

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20Gwen Stefani

Everyone's favorite Orange County girl, Gwen Stefani, was floored when a fan shared a photo of two tattoos that paid homage to the No Doubt lead singer.  In one inked portrait, Stefani is looking straight ahead, her hair pulled up and rolled into a vintage-inspired twist. In the other, Stefani commands the stage in one of her trademark '90s ensembles: a midriff-baring top paired with low-slung pants, a studded belt, and a striped wristband.

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Holy smokes! This dope chick made me a rag doll!! I'm so happy 🎉❤️

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21Britney Spears

Who can forget the red latex jumpsuit Britney Spears wore in her "Oops!...I Did It Again" music video? Certainly not artist Carol Chavana, who drew Britney as a rag doll in the iconic outfit, adding exaggerated lashes and Raggedy Ann–esque red circles along the cheeks.

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