It’s an undeniable fact: the attention to digital art has risen tremendously with the creation of the NFT. Suddenly, those who had little or no interest in the art market have enthusiastically jumped in. The financial aspects of NFT’s have given digital artists a platform that for some has become life changing.
Known on instagram as "Beeple", Mike Winkelmann has spent the past 13 years posting digital art on social media everyday. Many of his creations were made with no intention of being sold. But, things took a rather interesting turn once auction powerhouse Christies became involved. On February 16th a digital piece known as "The First 5,000 Days" was minted, then later auctioned off for a staggering $69,346,250. The digital artwork, a collage of five thousand images, was paid for in the crypto currency: Ethereum.
No physical artwork was part of this transaction.
While some traditional art lovers have frowned upon the NFT invention, it's opened the door for digital creators like Beeple and thousands of others. Here, Mike details the impact on his digital art:
GETTING STARTED IN NFT'S
If you're a classically trained painter this all may seem foreign to you but we're here to help navigate on this new journey in the digital realm.
The first and most important step is to select hardware. There is a huge range of computers available for those entering the market. A frequently used device in the space is a tablet with a touchscreen. This allows you to transfer your art directly onto the digital canvass without having the need of a mouse. We advise you to do your own research, but our recommendation is a basic, all-in-one tablet. The iPad 10.2” (8th generation), roughly $429, should suffice. Try to stick to a known brand, and make sure there is an option to add a stylus (if it does not come standard).
The range of software available to consumers has recently become even more user friendly and approachable on pricing. If you're just starting out and looking for something for free, Autodesk Sketchbook is a strong contender. The basic version is more than enough to get started. If you like the features, you can upgrade to pro and unlock more than 130 preset brushes. A second contender is Medibang Paint Pro, especially if you are into comic or cartoon art.
Depending on your personal goals within the digital art space, paid software is a recommended option if you're looking profit and give your future clientele high quality creations.
Much like the world of crypto currency, a large portion of the art world is fueled by rebellious nature. The pairing of digital artwork purchased by digital currency, while still new, has begun to be embraced by both sides of the coin. It's given so many creatives a chance to make an addition income and others a life they never thought would exist. It's hard to frown on that.
What's your take on the popularity of NFT'S? Have equipment recommendations? Let us know, drop a comment below.