One Directioner Zayn Malik cannot stop tweeting his own fan art. And it’s adorable.
Earlier this month, the Bradford Bad Boy began changing his Twitter icon to fan art of himself. It’s no surprise, he’s long been known as the art-lover of the group, the walls of his house covered in his own paintings. The first fan art icon he chose was this lovely digital painting by vulcains.
Sick ... pic.twitter.com/dfHu6bvoBA— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) January 18, 2015
…who proceeded to have a happy meltdown at the discovery that her art was being exalted by Zayn himself.
tattoos the entire tweet— vulcains (@vulcains_) January 18, 2015
puts it in my resume— vulcains (@vulcains_) January 18, 2015
hangs it in my living room— vulcains (@vulcains_) January 18, 2015
Then, in a perfect move, she got herself a mug with the tweet printed on it.
(ง ˘ᴗ˘ )ว pic.twitter.com/qzqUQ5mbcb— vulcains (@vulcains_) January 30, 2015
Image Source: vulcains
(The tweet mugs are no longer for sale, but you can get your own Zayn mug from her Society 6 store)
Next, Zayn changed his icon to a gorgeous watercolor by Instagram artist 1dartwork.
The artist responded to the positive attention on her blog: “i am honestly so overjoyed by all this… if you dont know aha zayn is my fav. and i always felt a little close to him bc of our love for art.”
Zayn’s streak of benevolence continued when he changed his profile yet again, this time to
And on his birthday, he changed his picture to a hyper-realistic colored pencil drawing by artistiq.
This is amazing ! 22 now let's hope it's a good un pic.twitter.com/8oaBQBYpHI— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) January 12, 2015
He then briefly changed his icon to this detailed black and white pen drawing by shawty. Shawty’s response was, simply, “ IT IS UNREAL *__*”
Image Source: shawty
In addition to changing his icon, he’s also been tweeting his favorite pieces, like this one from cyrilliart.
Love it ha pic.twitter.com/R0Nyje8zuK— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) January 11, 2015
Cyrilliart commented on the tweet on her blog shortly afterward, “Making people happy through art is what fuels me and I’ve managed to reach so many people to do that because of One Direction.” Proving once again how powerful fan communities can be in peoples’ lives.
Zayn's most recent icon is this gorgeous wallpaper by nicetonice.
Image Source: nicetonice
Zayn’s warm embrace of the fan art community is a welcoming gesture, especially for fan artists who have been told their creative work is not “real art”.
also i think it's really cool that zayns been posting so much fanart, because usually fanworks are only brought up in a negative light— vulcains (@vulcains_) January 18, 2015
While his support is a wonderful symbol, one concrete thing Zayn could easily do to continue to help the fan art community is to credit the artists who are making his icons. Fan artists are rarely able to make a living off their passion, so exposure and credit are important currency for their work. Here’s hoping that his next icon comes with a credit and a thanks.
Zayn, if you’re reading this looking for some good pieces to use as your next icon, let me make some suggestions of my recent faves. And yes, all these include your brand new smokin’ haircut.
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