Welcome to the KiwiNFT interview, our new special column where we showcase both emerging and established artists. Today we have a very special guest, Digital painter & NFT cards designer. Ladies and gentlemens, greeds Arke.
Arke is an incredibly talented and promising artist. He has more than 3.3k followers on Rarible and his most popular artwork “Arke x Satochip” has more than 200 likes, a great achievement.
In this interview, he shares how and why he got in NFTs, where he finds inspirations for doing art, his impressions of the NFT space and its future, and many other interesting things.
I started at the end of September 2020, originally I’ve seen the french YouTuber CryptoMatrix that was showing his first token on Rarible, and I was like “What? We can do pictures tokens ?!”
2. Why did you decide to join the NFT party?
So I found this concept totally awesome, and I tried to understand what NFTs are. Originally I was on a project about T-shirts focused on the crypto world, but no sales yet, so I took the first design I made, which was “Satoshi Samurai Head” and I made a kind of 3D card with it for launching a collectible series. I minted it, gone to bed, and when I woke up the 10 units of the NFT were sold out… So I tough people loved it, and all started here.
3. What is inspiring you?
It’s really various because I’m working on different projects, but my principal inspirations are Moebius and all the old school “Métal Hurlant” SciFi artists. For the more classical art part, it’s all about Rodin, Camille Claudel, Giacometti, expressionism and surrealism, and of course watching a lot of what happened in the contemporary graphical and design world. But in an artist's life everything can inspire you, all that you see, hear, or think is food for your brain and imagination in the future.
4. What is the major difference between CryptoArt and all the other art?
It really depends on the project. Some projects are more focused on collectibles, others on digital painting or 3D sculptures. It is still art, what is different is the way how you share your work…
But to be honest it’s more about the way of how you SELL your work. Because during so many years digital artists were showing their works for free on DeviantArt or Instagram, so yeah that’s great, people love it, people are following you, but how do you pay your food and your landlord?
Now artists, and principally digital artists, can win money to live based on the truth people put in them, it’s pretty revolutionary for the art middle, and for our lives, there is no other word.
For my own example, I was pretty poor all my life, after my years of studying it was simply crazy: you work freelance for things you love, you have no money, but you continue because you know you are unsuitable for “the real world” in a classic business. One day you understand you have so many money problems that you have to find a normal job, and then NFTs appear and now you are the driver of your life, you stop sleeping because it’s a lot of work, but you know why you do it.
You don’t need a boss, you don’t need a gallery owner who decides if you can show your art or not, or if you have the right to sell it or not because you’re cute. So the difference between a CryptoArtist and a “classical” Artist: a crypto artist is simply an artist who can fully drive his world rules. I can tell you so many stories about artists that saved their life because of NFTs, you will don’t believe it. And I don’t talk about having a better life, I really talk about lives saved.
The fact we can skip the gallery part is really interesting because in art history we have so many examples of rejected artists that became famous after their death, and it’s the same in literature with so many writers rejected by edition houses all their lives. It can be really discouraging for many people, and without good relations and networks, it can block the way.
First never discourage, and then now with NFTs you have the keys for doing your own way by yourself.
5. What makes an artist successful in the CryptoArt scene?
Again all depends on the project, some funny projects become really successful, some projects are featured or driven by big whales with massive collectible series, some projects are “crypto relative” and some projects are simply awesome art.
The primary point is to do projects you love working on. After that, you have to do good communication and show your work to people, and generally, if your work is good it will work well. The rules for “being successful” are not so easy to capture, maybe there is a little luck factor too, but you know I think we can encourage the lucky environment by working a lot and questioning ourselves continually.
6. Who are your favorite artists in the NFT space?
I can’t talk about one or just some artists, because there are so many great artists in the place, and from when I started I met and discussed with so many artists from every country in the world!
A lot of newcomers and “outsiders” of the cryptosphere are coming and it’s awesome, NFTs are a really good way for starting with the cryptocurrencies universe.
7. What is the future of NFTs?
I think we will continue with the Art NFTs part, which is working well and fit really well with what digital artists need.
The next step is clearly about video games, with fully on-chain projects, and after that, it will be when NFTs will be in classic games in total transparency for the users.
What we really need too, for now, is a real platform for music distribution with a good royalties system.
But you know I think we are so early in the NFTs that we can’t really imagine all that will bring to the world.
8. Give please one piece of advice for artists who are only starting with NFTs?
Try, then work and work more...
But for some advice it’s really basic: create a Twitter account because it’s where all happen and the NFT community is there, don’t put too high prices and too high a supply when you start and be honest on what you do.
9. Where can collectors buy your work or know more about it?