“Wtf is going on here?” One of the more popular answers to that question in the world of NFT is, “Nobody knows what’s going on here, and if they tell you they do, they’re full of crap.”
We’re all early to this new frontier, that’s true. WAGMI (We’re All Going to Make It) has been a huge slogan in NFT, but I find it’s becoming less popular lately.
What am I (Juan Thorpe) doing here? I’m an artist. I make art and now there’s this magical place where I can sell this art called web 3.0 (NFT). Well, I’ve been here since late 2021 and I’m still trying to figure this out. With around 25 NFTs minted and maybe $100 worth of sales, it is still a puzzle. I’m not here every day or even every week, but spending about 10 months for just a few SOLANA, or TEZOS isn’t exactly something you can take to the bank. I don’t care, it’s fun, it’s new, it’s the future – I’m in!
I have learned a ton on this journey, and I’m not giving up on this. That’s how artists are – we grind, we draw, we paint – it doesn’t have to sell or even be shown to anyone. It just has to come out of our heads. I’ve had 100 NFT ideas. I’ve written them down with steps and plans, I’ve done sketches, diagrams, and even thought of the hype that would run these projects. These elaborate ideas could work – maybe not – but it’s so much fun coming up with all these crazy art fantasies. In the end, this is my current plan: get my original digital art to people who like it. It’s that simple. That’s what I’m doing. And it’s sort of working.
My biggest leap of faith thus far is the use of digital media in my art. I’m an old-school Adobe user, but that was, and still is, mostly for work, not art. The true jump was an iPad, the Apple Pencil, and Procreate. Now I can create 100% original digital art and feel elated. It’s so much fun and so fast. Undo, brushes and layering…it’s like cheat mode for drawing and painting. I can create a really nice digital drawing in about a quarter of the time as a similar physical painting. To me, they are the same – idea, color, shape and line – the media and display are the only difference. The speed of creation matches the speed of the web 3.0 evolution. It’s just a tool, it’s a new brush for me. What to make with these new powers? Still trying to figure that part out and having a blast doing it.
I know just a handful of NFT artists from IRL (in real life) that are currently having a successful NFT experience. That means significant sales, followers, promo, activity, hosting spaces, having discords, and all the other criteria one may assign to a full diet of NFT. My friends, are going about it in their own individual way. It’s all different, but it works. Some were already huge in web 2.0 and IRL and it seems it has been an easy transition (that’s a big “SEEMS” btw). And others spend every free moment working towards the NFT dream. Then there’s me, I don’t have 6+ hours a day to be on Twitter. I’ve heard some of y’all, “we’ve been doing this space for 16 hours…”. I can’t do that, I have maybe 2-3 hours at night after work. I have to spend that time drawing, painting, and “iPading”. My IRL art career isn’t huge, but I do sell and have sold lots of paintings over many years. That means nothing in this world though, and I’m cool with that. NFT is a start from ZERO. Call it a clean slate, a fresh start, no one here knows who you are and what you do. I can make anything! It’s so fun. I’m showing different, new work, I’m making robot art on an iPad!