Australian VR painter and sculptor Giant Swan’s story is one of persistence, timing and pushing boundaries, from crying in the car every morning before work to becoming a successful digital artist.

In a world where digital artists can monetize their work through NFTs instead of cheap likes and comments on Instagram, Giant Swan stands out as the first artist to put 3D objects on-chain Its truly unique and immersive pieces have attracted the attention of collectors worldwide and include famous whales such as j1mmy.eth, gentle art and whale shark.

“For me, a lot of crying in the car before work was because I knew I was supposed to be somewhere else. I knew I wasn’t right for what I was doing. I think that, to be where you suddenly belong, could be It’s a goal that every artist strives towards to some degree,” said the giant swan.

On November 30, 2019, Giant Swan minted his first NFT on Known Origin, sparking initial interest in digital art.he thinks david moore Help him in his adventures from known origins.

dreamlike state

You can be disorientated when looking at the artwork of Whooper Swan; the depth of his work often has to be seen to be believed. OG Crypto artist Josie Bellini describes it this way:

“When I see the work of the giant swan, you can’t stop thinking, you start to feel something. I see the blood, sweat and tears. I can see his whole heart put into the canvas, and his construction in VR Every stroke of the way. They have so much depth and so much emotion.”

“A very simple goal of my art has always been that I want you to experience it and feel like you’re having a dream, or you have to describe it as if you were trying to describe a dream,” says Giant Swan.

To create artwork in VR, the Melburnian, Australia, uses a PC VR headset and a gaming device, but says a basic Meta Quest VR headset will suffice for most people.

“I create art by translating my movements into shapes and colors. I do this by wearing a virtual reality headset, which leaves me in an empty space. There is no roof, no floor, no walls; it’s just endless Yes. This movement can be filled with countless material shapes, colors, densities, sizes and scales. I have this feeling until I have a space that I am satisfied with.” Giant Swan said.

whooper swans passed down from generation to generation
Generations of whooper swans (known origin)

“From there, I explore the space and see how I can capture a story and share it with other people. I love creating art this way because traditionally, we look at digital art through computers and judge it by how perfect it is.” Judge it.”

“We hide or imitate the way we see the world until it becomes digital or non-digital, which is the quest for perfection. VR art allows us to explore imperfection, so it makes the digital medium of art the most organic form of digital art One. I’d be surprised if you could find someone else to do what I’m doing now.”

Significant sales

quick question and answer

How would you describe your style as an artist?

“I think it’s a balanced emotional interpretation of surrealism in art. Really punchy, almost impressionistic 3D art style. I like to sing the gothic notes and symbolism. I like to borrow a lot, But I don’t know how to name it. That’s why it’s Whooper Swan style. That’s why people can spot me in a crowd, because you can’t put it in the bin.”

Who has influenced your artistic career so far?

“I’ve been influenced a lot, but just to name a few. ashley wood Worked on Tank Girl, a loose ink manga style.also Jamie HewlettAll the images behind “Gorilla” and “Tank Girl” were made by him.

“The thing with Gorillaz for me is that you used to get their CD and get all the extra stuff out of it. You had to put it in your computer, but they never said that; you just put the CD in , you explore and discover all the cool stuff. It was an experience. It really taught me how to look at my work. Now I want my work to be experienced.”

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Do you think people should pay attention to an up-and-coming artist?

“There’s a Melbourne artist called Mystic Al. He’s a muralist, you might recognize him when you Google him. He’s an unbelievable artist.”

Who is one of your famous collectors that makes you smile knowing they own one of your pieces?

“When I think of people like mischief, j1mmy.eth, Josie, whale shark, gentle art and Diggy, it brings a smile. These are big whales, but they are also entrepreneurs and extremely successful people. They all saw this in me before my work became very expensive. “

What’s your favorite NFT in your wallet, but not your own?

“My favorite NFT in my wallet is a pair of shoes For Cryptovoxels made by n0shot. Back then crypto art culture was in its early days and we all met in Cryptovoxels. This may be the first time sneaker culture has really entered the field. “

What’s hot elsewhere in the NFT art market

Tyler Hobbs’ recent notable sales include Incomplete Control and Fidenza pipes sold through Sotheby’s and a Chromie Squiggle pipe from a collector’s collection Degmard picked up.

OpenSea caught in patent battle

Amidst the carnage of NFT collectible prices for much of 2023, the creator royalties discussion feels like a race to the bottom, and OpenSea all but confirmed it by announcing that the market will shift to safe in secondary sales. Selected creator royalties.

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However, this unpopular decision may not come as a surprise as the Blur market continues to take market share.

Beginning August 31, OpenSea will retire its filter, which was launched in November 2022, in response to Blur and other marketplaces allowing collectors and traders to bypass creator royalties. At the height of NFT mania, the issue was hailed as a major game changer in the emerging creator economy.

OpenSea Announcement on Royalties
OpenSea Announcement on Royalties (X)

The technology remains the same, but paying creator royalties along with OpenSea’s 2.5% marketing fee is rarely in question when the market is booming (from 2020 to most of 2022).

OpenSea CEO and co-founder Devin Finzer said:

“In November 2022, we launched Operator Filter: a tool designed to give creators more control by restricting the sale of their collections to Web3 marketplaces that force creators to Fees. Its purpose is to give creators more control over their Web3 business models, but it needs the support of everyone in the Web3 ecosystem, which unfortunately is not happening. Therefore, we are working on the way creator fees Make some changes.”

There doesn’t seem to be any good solution for enforcing royalties without compromising true decentralized asset ownership, and many have their two cents on the issue, including OpenSea VC supporters mark cubanartist Matt Kane and Bipple and NFT influencers Welsh Cyclone.

Will Yuga come to the rescue?

Arguably one of the most influential voices has its reach explain In OpenSea’s statement, Yuga Labs (creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club and owner of CryptoPunks, Otherside, Meebits, and many other series) strongly disagreed with OpenSea’s decision.

CEO Daniel Alegre’s statement has had most of the NFT community speculating that a Yuga marketplace will be launched as part of the response.

Yuga Statement on OpenSea Royalty
Yuga Statement on OpenSea Royalty (X)

13-Year-Old Girl Helps Disadvantaged Children Through Blueberry DAO x Nouns DAO

Evie-Rose - Get a new bike with Lilpurpberry.
Evie-Rose – Get a new bike with Lilpurpberry. (type)

In a sweet spot in the NFT space, 13-year-old Lilpurpberry from Brisbane has started a charity effort in partnership with the Variety children’s charity.

Blueberry DAO, created by Lilpurpberry with funding from the Nouns DAO, to build a treasury, including the sale of Lilpurpberry’s NFT pixel art. The money will support local children’s charities, of which Variety is the first recipient, and the money will go towards the Kids’ Bikes scheme, which provides disadvantaged children with brand new bikes and helmets that would otherwise miss out the plan.

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Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford is the co-founder of NFT Fest Australia. Greg has been a marketing and communications specialist in the sports industry and now focuses on staging events, content creation and consulting in web3. He is an avid NFT collector and hosts a weekly podcast covering all things NFT.


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