No blockchain experience required.
Let's dive into what an NFT is, why it's so great for artists, and if it might be the right move for YOU to make in your own career. We tried to make it simple without the hocus pocus jargon and hand-holding tech talk.
The art scene in the blockchain
Non-fungible tokens had their boom in 2021, and since then, it's been a crazy ride. Celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Grimes, Paris Hilton, and Cara Delevingne have invested in NFTs; some have even minted their own. Big brands like Louis Vuitton, Coca-Cola, and the NBA are seeing value in the industry and are already using NFTs.
An NFT is a unique trackable piece of digital data registered in the blockchain. NFTs can be almost anything from a picture to a song, to a film scene, to a poem. They hold value in their authenticity and scarcity. Collecting an NFT is a different way of investing in the web3, art, tech, and, as we like to say, investing in the future!
As a creator, joining the NFT market opens many doors and possibilities. Like reaching worldwide audiences, using a secure medium as the blockchain; transparent ownership rights for the investors and collectors, and helps make direct interactions without centralized institutions.
All this sounds like a whole new world, yeap! But sometimes it can be very overwhelming too; So to help you navigate the space, we did this article on understanding the NFT ecosystem.
So how do I actually create an NFT?
First, let's answer three common questions we get when someone wants to create an NFT collection:
- Should I create an NFT? Your audience may want to see your work in a new way. But that does not necessarily mean it should be as an NFT. You need to ask yourself why’d you want to do this. Is it because you're interested in the blockchain, in crypto, the communities behind it, or do you like NFTs?
- Is it the same as creating digital artwork? Like there are different painting techniques and different styles of digital art, NFTs can fit into different categories too. They are digital, yes. They're in the blockchain, yes.
- Do I need to understand blockchain to make an NFT? Indeed, it is vital that you know the pros and cons of the blockchain. You don't need to be an expert. However, knowing the basics will help you make the most of it.
Once you have the above sorted out, you can bring your fantastic art pieces into the blockchain. For example, you can use a no-code tool like the Bueno Generator. You can create thousands of tokens without writing a single line of code.
You just have to upload your art. Then, you can manage all settings from your collection, like rules and rarity, and create your NFTs in minutes. You can invite others to contribute by adding their wallet address to your collection for seamless collaboration. As easy as that!
You don’t have to worry about creating a smart contract either. With Bueno, you can mint your tokens in the Ethereum network without the complexity, (you can forget about the crypto terms as well). Plus, you can test your mint flow, and make sure everything’s working fine before you deploy the smart contract.
Bonus: Watch how to use the Bueno Generator.
Where to sell or buy NFTs
Is there an NFT platform that's better? Good question, grasshopper!
There are different options for selling or buying NFTs. We've made a whole article about this. You can read more about top NFT marketplaces. Or just check this quick list below to get a general idea of what are your options:
- Nifty Gateway
SuperRare NFT Art Marketplace
Some people are going in both directions
If your traditional art is something that holds cultural value to NFT collectors, it could be a great fit! Like anything else of worth, if the content has a real value, there will be a demand for it.
You need to put yourself in the shoes of your potential buyers and think about what will be the most authentic to them. The value might come from who you are as an artist or from the subject matter you depict. You can always try both mediums, digital and traditional art, for future sale or gallery display.
With web3, we're seeing more creative options to showcase your art as a creator and for collectors to have a single place to view and enjoy their galleries in the metaverse. Some projects you can check for inspiration are Spatial, oncyber, Arium, Cryptovoxels, and Showtime.
Will you become an NFT creator?
Consider NFTs as a potential addition to your traditional art practice. Like leaving a digital trail of your artwork in the blockchain!
We recommend you get familiar with what's out there. What type of NFT collections are popular, what they share in their roadmaps, and what kind of artists join the space.
Don't forget to stay active on Discord and Twitter. That's where you'll find handy information about the community, market, and opportunities! And if you're already working on something, try our PFP generator!