The House of Fan Art

Been a long time since my last blog lost, but I kind of miss it!

As of now I am 26, mother of a spoiled 16 lb healthy cat, and still completely devoted to the lovely craft of crochet (woohoo, longest running hobby EVER)! 

Yet here I am going through and internal battle of passion vs profit. Over the past two years my shop (*ahem* Millie’s Crochet House via Etsy) has been fantastic. I love fulfilling orders and creating new product. But alas, my shop has taken a dive into the world of fan art. 

I have always had a little bit of pop culture in my shop,mainly when the My Little Pony fan base ran ramped. One day I made a doll pattern I was satisfied with, and made the anime character OnePunch Man. From there I made a handful of other cartoon characters just for the fun of it. Listed them on Etsy just to get them out of my storage space. 

Then it happened. Before I knew it I was getting custom requests to make more and more dolls from fandom’s. At fitst, it was a lot of fun! The challenge of getting down characteristics via yarn. I really do enjoy making them…however once the fan art sales went up, my original design sales went down. And those original ideas are what made my love of amigurumi flourish, making those designs is a great passion.

I guess this is when I should establish more who exactly I want my target audience to be. Fan art is fun, making up and drawing new designs is fun. But juggling both in one shop seems to be more difficult than I thought, or I’m just doing it wrong ahaha! The next couple of days I’m working on my biggest original designs project ever, I hope to add that extra pep in my step while lost among the fandom dolls. 

Well there is my updates rant! Here are some pictures of some original and fan art dolls πŸ™‚ 

Bear Purse!

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7 thoughts on “The House of Fan Art

  1. Welcome back! I’m always happy when I notice your posts in my reader. πŸ™‚
    Ah, that bear purse is so cute! Just look at those sparkly eyes!

    Fanart vs original really seems like a slippery slope. . . on the one hand, they say that it helps build your audience, but on the other, what do you do when your originals are overshadowed? It sounds like you’re handling it well, though! And I’m looking forward to hearing about your new original project~!

    • Its nice to sew a familiar face! 😁 Hopefully I can keep this blog going a bit longer than last time ahaha.

      Thanks so much for the feedback πŸ™‚ I hope to keep making original work without getting too discouraged ❀

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