For myself fan art has always been a large part of growing and learning good form. There is a rush of excitement that follows watching a favorite film or playing a favorite game. Its always inspiring to see masters at work in these genres and its always tempting to take a shot at their subject matter in my own style. Fan art has always been a truly enjoyable outlet and its a genre I hope to add to as time goes on.
The other great thing about fan art is that it really allows me to focus on individuals who are way better then I am and then learn as a result. One of the best parts of studying work from Into the Spider-verse was that I got a chance to see design from a different perspective. The unique choices in the character designs were fascinating to me and it allowed me greater control and understanding over my own style as a result.