Black Swan Fan Art

Black Swan continues to give ballet a much needed boost, with reports of increased box office demand for Swan Lake performances around the globe (we can almost hear the sound of artistic directors who have not scheduled the ballet this season kicking themselves) and stories of audience members calling the Royal Opera House to see when Natalie Portman will be making a stage appearance as Swan Queen.

Over here our site stats indicate a number of visitors via the keywords “Is Black Swan a Real Story?” which is amusing considering professional dancers’ opinions about the movie. So while we wait for the real Nina Sayers to (please) stand up, we’ve scouted the web for the best Black Swan fan art; we think a few of them give the movie’s Soviet propaganda-style posters some competition, what do you think?

Illustration by Jorge Macías de Nazareth (via Facebook)

Illustration by Hannes Beer (via Flickr)

Illustration by MumblingIdiot (via Deviant art)

Illustration by Ninjatic (via Deviant art)

Illustration by Toughtink (via Deviant art)

Digital art by Owel (via Deviant art)

Illustration by Boum (via Deviant art)

Source Ambuurs (Tumblr)

Illustration by *Rotarr (via Deviant art)

Illustration by Brontinox (via Deviant art)

Which ones are your favorites? We’ll tell ours if you tell yours first!

We started The Ballet Bag in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible; that it is quite the opposite: relevant, fresh and topical. With the aim to Give Ballet a New Spin we try to show it under a different light. When writing our capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, we cross it over with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music – ie. other things we love!).


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  • February 7, 2011


    Thanks for the comments guys, glad you enjoyed the selection. Here’s another one we like:

  • February 5, 2011

    Claudia Jimenez

    All of them are totally beautiful, but I specially like the one made it by Boum.

  • February 4, 2011

    Joshua Martens

    Great post! The original Black Swan posters were beyond amazing. It’s interesting to see how those, along with the film, have inspired artists and designers make their own version. Wonderful selection you’ve chosen!

  • February 3, 2011


    Thank you so much for featuring my work here. I really appreciate it.

  • February 1, 2011


    Thanks guys! My absolute faves are the first (Jorge Macias), third (MumblingIdiot) & the last (Brontinox) – I’d love to print these on silkscreens :)

  • February 1, 2011


    These are all very, very good. But I feel in love with the third one from the bottom (Source Ambuurs (Tumblr)). I also like the first one and the last one. Now tell us yours.

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  • January 31, 2011


    I’d vote for Rotarr and MumblingIdiot… (alhough Ninjatic’s is pretty good work too :) )

  • January 31, 2011

    La Darina

    Loving this selection ladies! My favorites are the illustrations by Boum & Brontinox (both totally capture the dark fairy tale atmosphere of the movie)

  • January 31, 2011


    My fave Illustrations are made by:
    Source Ambuurs (Tumblr) and Illustration by Toughtink (via Deviant art)

    They are amazingly brilliant!!!