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Episode 19 – Road to 1000 NFTs


What has happened this week on my journey?

Hi Fam.

This week I purchased 9 land parcels in the virtual world of Decentraland. I am selling 3 parcels and keeping 6 parcels as 1 estate. This has been a great step forward to my own gallery. I can’t wait to work with great artists like YOU. Keep an eye out on the progress

Artist of the Week

Week Nineteen: Dario
Twitter: Dariocavaliere3
View Artwork: Rarible / Foundation

Dario is an art director and motion designer based in Amsterdam. Since he was a kid he has always been fascinated by VFX and Sci-Fi movies (he’s an 80s kid, and -well- at the time everything seemed amazing). So, after his studies in Architecture, he decided to transform his passion into work and he started learning animation and 3D modeling, watching all the possible tutorials and therefore ended up spending a discreet amount of Friday nights in front of a monitor.

He doesn’t regret anything, btw. He likes to tell stories with his work, represents complex emotions, experiment with colors, lights, shapes, and materials, while treating his works like paintings, trying to re-create the vibes of some sort of New Renaissance Movement.

He first heard about NFTs through Rick Gude (friend, colleague and also an NFT artist) at the end of 2020. After some explorative readings and informative videos he decided to join the community end of February 2021.

Possibly, one of the best decisions ever; he never felt so creative, inspired and challenged in years. And most of all, he made friends.

“Portrait of a Knight” is one of his favorite artworks, inspired by the work of Caravaggio and Rembrandt, where Light and Darkness are the key elements of their paintings, it wants to emphasize the contrast between visible and invisible.

The light creates a dramatic chiaroscuro, highlighting the details and hiding the rest, capturing the moment and freezing the time. This piece has a special meaning for Dario, it’s a reminder of all the obstacles we have to face in life, all the sufferings, all the defeats that mark our path towards the success. Despite the sadness of the image, this artwork is an incentive to always fight back and overcome the difficulties.

The tools he used are Character Creator for the model, Marvelous designer for the clothing, Cinema4D for the 3D scene and render, After Effects for the compositing. During these months, Dario learned that in this NFT community “Patience and Dedication” are the key: We’re not in a hurry, we need to keep doing what we love and at some point, unexpected, we’ll find someone who loves our art as much as we do.

Always be yourself, be curious to try new techniques, and don’t be afraid of talking to other artists for feedback and opinions, because this is how we learn and grow as artists.

His inspiration is everything that surrounds him: Nature, people, stories, emotions. All his artworks tell something about him, his thoughts and his life.

Artist of the Week

Week Nineteen: Atefeh Sadr
Twitter: atefehsadr
View Artwork: OpenSea / Foundation

Atefeh is a female artist from Iran. She started drawing as early as 2 years old. Art has always been her passion and what she enjoyed doing most in her life. She studied Business and Computer Studies at university and worked as a sales and marketing professional at corporations for over 10 years while doing art on the side.

Three years ago she decided that she did not want to work 9-5 everyday doing what she did not love. Therefore, she quit her job and started full time as an artist. She took professional art classes and learned different techniques. Her works mainly include oil color, acrylic and watercolor paintings. She has participated in 5 exhibitions and was awarded in a national art festival. She was also amongst selected top young artists (under 35) by reputable galleries in the country.

Her inspiration comes from spirituality, philosophy and mythology. She is also fascinated by Rumi’s poems and ideas, which gives her great inspiration not only for her art but also for her life. She is fond of Surrealism, Pop art, Geometric Art, Minimalism and traditional Iranian architecture and uses ideas from them to create what she feels, thinks and believes about life, self-realization, beauty, compassion and nature, in her works.

She first heard about NFTs about 3 months ago through a post on Instagram criticizing NFTs and got curious, so she did her research and decided to enter this new art world. She watched many YouTube videos, read about NFTs and how to market art as NFTs.

Initially she started to mint her artworks on OpenSea and afterwards on hic et nunc. After some weeks, she got an invitation to Foundation through a competition tweet and got a bid on her first piece after a day, which became huge motivation for her.

She believes NFTs are the best thing that could have happened to her with regard to how she would like to make art, promote it and sell it no matter where she lives. She was amazed by how welcoming and supportive the NFT community has been. Even though living in Iran with all its difficult conditions, suppressions and inequalities against women is an everyday challenge, getting to know this community and meeting all its amazing people has helped her to not lose faith and become a better person. A kinder and more caring person and supportive of others especially those who are new and going through the same situations.

She believes that life is all about growing and becoming better. A better artist, a better person, a better community member. She is always trying to learn new skills, work with various styles and merge different elements or media to create unique pieces. She believes that not abiding to pre-defined and accepted styles have led to creation of masterpieces throughout art history. This happens when you step into the paths that no one has ever tried before.

All her works are combination of handmade/traditional art and digital art. She aims to show that real beauty comes when we accept and see the differences and contradictions, the traditional and the modern, the old and the new, the rough and the soft. For her, creating art is life itself. It is making peace with your past while you enjoy every present moment to create the future. This is the ultimate way to grow and prosper and enjoy life.

Her genesis piece on Foundation is “Garden of Eden.” It is one of a kind piece. A combination of hand drawn watercolor and digital art.

Inspired by Rumi’s poems and self-realization, she created this piece and wrote the description:

“What you’re looking at, looks back at you
What you’re looking at, is reflection of you

Once you stop chasing around to discover this truth…you’ll know that everything in the universe has always been within you.

you’ll know that your pain is your cure.

That very moment you’re enlightened and back into the Garden of Eden for good”

She wants to show that happiness and misery of people come mainly from within, how we look at the world and what we choose to remember and believe. Just like what Rumi says in discovering one’s supreme self and finding the ultimate heaven and hell inside oneself. Once we see and love ourselves for who we really are, we’ll look at the hardships and failures as the necessary steps to grow. And the person who embraces this, would never undervalue him/herself or lose faith.

Just like some of her other pieces, this piece emerged in the process. She did not have any predefined sketch in her mind and made it totally based on her instincts at the moment. She feels that her art and she, build each other up. Sometimes the art makes her look differently and take a new perspective.

Something she wants to share with others:

“Be yourself and show it in your art, that is the most unique quality and true value of your work.

Make your next piece better than the one before, that way you never stop growing.

Always be kind and caring to others. Always be supportive. Others are going through the same things as you are.”

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電動車、元宇宙、NFT…投資人不再只愛成熟公司!台灣的機會在哪? – 商業周刊

這裡是RSS音頻式網站智能播客的頻道~ 這一集的新聞標題為: 電動車、元宇宙、NFT…投資人不再只愛成熟公司!台灣的機會在哪? - 商業周刊 新聞內容如下: 最近參加一個創新創業大展,現場人山人海,說明台灣開始對於科技創新及創業有很高的興趣,這是好現象。直到現在為止,台灣還是由大企業如台積電、鴻海等主導創新發展,新創企業較難以快速成長。有幾個原因:一是缺乏本地市場,二是資本市場不夠力,三是創新多以硬體為主,較少軟體和市場應用。 傳統的投資領域,大部分焦點擺在上市公司股票,但這幾年興起「另類投資」(alternative investment),包括私募股權基金 (PE)和房地產。過去另類投資並非主流,但近年越來越多人重視,創投(VC)是PE的一種,主要投資早期項目,以科技新創公司為主,至於PE類型則包括投資準上市公司的基金和收購基金。 但去年和今年情形開始有了很大改變,許多資金流向新創公司,造成前所未有的狂潮。以往新創企業沒有很多家,而且多半處於初期階段,所以不需很多資金,但現在由於科技熱情況完全改觀。也因為這個理由,現在國外創投基金變成投資人追捧標的,過去不會有那麼多資金投在創投,且每家創投基金回報均很可觀,有的高達30至50%。 投資人的風險偏好不同以往 由於新科技不斷出冒出來,而且很短時間就獲得可觀成果,或者是被外界炒作起來,如元宇宙,因此近期新創公司募集資金越來越多。這形成一個正循環,資金投入新創公司,企業快速成長,然後繼續以更高估值募集次一輪資金,通常在幾年內企業便可上市,現在華爾街有一種「空白支票公司」(SPAC)方便企業用借殼方式快速上市,更助長這個趨勢。 簡而言之,在對回報率追求下,投資人「風險偏好」變了。以前偏好投資成熟公司,但現在改到新創公司的池塘尋寶,唯有如此才可能賺取倍數獲利;過去投資人已從蘋果、台積電等績優股賺到大錢,所以有信心拿一部分資金出來賭一把。 根據KPMG安侯建業發布的《創投脈動:全球創業投資分析》報告,全球創投投資金融第三季持續創新高,總共有8682筆交易,共募集1717億美元,其中有11筆超過10億美元,這些案件集中在美國、印度、中國和巴西4個國家。投資者最有興趣的領域是ESG和清潔技術,如電動車和電池,Gogoro應該也算這個領域。 帶動新創投資的3股力量 帶動新創投資最主要的力量首推「電動車」,領頭羊是特斯拉,目前市值已達1.1兆美元,目前市值為全球第5,超越臉書。最近上市的兩家電動車概念股,Rivian和Lucid,其中Rivian有亞馬遜20%策略入股,市值高達1千億美元,至今賣的車子很少,被馬斯克酸了一陣,提醒投資人要注意。 第二個投資炒作熱潮是「元宇宙」。許多人連元宇宙是什麼都搞不清楚,就跳下去炒作;有些股票沾了一點邊,股票便翻了一倍。佐伯格為了元宇宙,連公司名字都可以改成「Meta」,可見有多瘋狂。 第三個近期投資熱點NFT(非同質化代幣)。NFT和元宇宙息息相關,未來在虛擬世界,每個數位藝術品都可以變成有價商品,轉手交易,將價值變現。大馬歌手黃明志因為1首歌曲「玻璃心」爆紅,睡一覺醒來,其限量NFT商品已銷售了2千5百萬元。 新創投資,台灣的挑戰 由電動車、元宇宙和NFT便可理解,為何全球資金都在追逐早期新創投資項目,台灣應該很高興嗎?不見得,因為我們有幾方面的問題: 第一、台灣缺乏本地市場 最大市場在美國、中國大陸和東南亞,沒有市場便沒有顧客,無法創造很高價值。 第二、台灣新創主要以硬體技術為導向 以電動車為例,想的是未來如何為特斯拉和蘋果代工,或打進其供應鏈。再來看元宇宙,也都是做頭戴裝置或幫別人製作VR內容。 第三、太偏重半導體 整個台灣已經半導體化,股價、房價、物價、薪資不斷高漲,擠壓其它新創生存空間。 第四、來自東南亞的競爭 全世界資金不再投中國大陸,許多轉向東南亞。當地新創估值大幅提高,有些已超過台灣許多。 台灣不應只靠台積電和少數大型科技公司撐場面,唯有讓年輕新創公司實現價值並快速成長壯大,台灣才有真正的未來! 新聞內容播放到此,感謝您的收聽~ 對我們提供的服務有興趣請查詢:RSS音頻式網站
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