The first episode of CryptoArt Sundays is a sit-down interview with Neeko, the creator and lead artist behind Cryptokitties. The discussion covers many topics such as how Cryptokitties came to be, what its early adoption was like, and where these types of digital assets may go in the future.
It’s Sunday again, which means it’s time for another round of CryptoArt Sundays! This week, I’d like to introduce you to Nick Drivas, alias Neeko.
Neeko’s work aspires to put jigsaw pieces of his awareness, his real self, and all of us together as one to the world. On our earth, there are many gloomy spots, but Neeko aspires to be the light that leads and outshines these areas.
So let’s take a look inside this visionary artist’s realm of art and learn more about his NFT journey.
What drew you to construct your own NFTs and how did you learn about the NFT space?
I first became aware of NFTs when I saw several of the creative artists I follow minting their work on SuperRare and Foundation. Clubhouse is where I learned about the space, made some fantastic friends and makers, and generally had a good time in rooms conversing with other people trying to figure out what was going on.
The lack of viewership and interaction on other social platforms drove me to create/mint my own NFTs. I’ve finally discovered a location where I can share my work without feeling like I’m simply tossing it into the void.
How frequently do you make something?
How do you go about coming up with ideas?
Closed-eye sights observed during psychedelic experiences are my source of inspiration. I prefer to meditate before beginning any work to rid my head of any unwanted baggage. Working in VR to sculpt the 3d model I’ll be working with is the first step in my workflow. After that, I work on lighting, texturing, and animating the 3d model in Blender. A little Photoshop/After Effects tinkering.
Do you have any CryptoArtists with whom you’d want to collaborate?
There are several, but Glass Crane, LaneDigitalArt, Ayjay Art, and Ben Ridgway are just a few.
What do you believe CryptoArt’s future will be like?
It’s difficult to describe honestly, but we’re a part of something fresh new that no one has ever experienced before. Artists working together and establishing communities based on their personal works as well as as a collective, I believe, is what the future looks like.
I understand that many artists (including myself) desire to see their peers succeed, but everyone is on their own path. I believe that embarking on a trip together will assist to draw greater attention to the artists’ route. There are a lot of hidden jewels out there that aren’t noticed by the appropriate individuals.
What are you working on right now?
I recently completed the artwork for a ten thousand dollar collection that will be released in the following months. However, I am now converting some of my 3D works to 2D. Simultaneously, I’m building a website to sell items using my artwork! Soon to be released!
What are the locations where collectors may locate your work?
I mostly mint on Foundation and OpenSea, but collectors may learn more about me and see my work here.