A Month of Rare Digital Art from MakersPlace

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We at MakersPlace are excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with OpenSea to bring their NFT community a curated selection of never-before-seen rare digital artworks each week for the next month. Rare digital art is digital art with authenticity, rarity, and proof of ownership guaranteed by blockchain technology. Every artist and artwork featured has been verified through a multi-step identity verification process.

Each week, we’ll present new rare digital artworks inspired by the theme of “rebirth”. These original artworks will be available for auction directly on OpenSea. The month of MakersPlace will commence with the first-ever rare digital art release from José Delbo, the illustrator behind many comic classics such as Wonder Woman and The Transformers. 

This rare digital art release is especially exciting as it marks Delbo’s official debut within the rare digital art community. As the NFT community, and more specifically the cryptoart community, begins to blossom we are witnessing a pattern of well-known artists in traditional art spaces, such as José Delbo, crossing over to the rare digital art space. 

The collision between traditional art markets and the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies came to fruition in 2018, with some historical events such as the tokenization of Andy Warhol’s 14 Small Electric Chairs (1980) and the first traditional auction house, Christie’s New York,  completing their first sale on the blockchain. Today platforms like MakersPlace are intent on bringing blockchain technology to all creators and collectors of digital art.

In the past year, we’ve witnessed a number of successful artists crossing over to the world of cryptoart: A few examples include world-renowned moving image artist Terry Flaxton (whose debut 10/10 rare digital artwork sold out last week on MakersPlace in record speed for an accumulated value of $1,500+) and Vakseen, an acclaimed painter and award-winning producer who has created a number of iconic pop culture pieces on the platform. Numerous reasons for this cross-over exist, but expanding audiences, defying geographical barriers, and increasing productivity and efficiency are on the top of the list for most traditional artists who cross over to the world of rare digital art.

Week 1: Artworks by Legendary Comic Artist José Delbo (+ Giveaway!)

We’ll be kicking off the month of MakersPlace with a very special drop. Legendary comic artist José Delbo will be releasing his first-ever rare digital artworks. This drop will include the release of a 43 page limited edition (250) digital comic book “Death”, an ultra original rare digital artwork “The Last Son of Krypton Fights for Humankind” and a 10/10 rare digital artwork “Amazonian Princess and the Panther”.    

One edition of the digital comic book is up for grabs for one lucky community member. Opensea will be tweeting the contest rules the day of. 

Week 2: Rare Digital Art from Marco-o-matic, CSLIM, Nicolas Villareal and Nadia Forkosh

Rebirth by Marco-o-matic

A sacred bird is brought to life before our eyes through a powerful ritual in Rebirth animated rare digital artwork by Marco-o-matic.

The world is changing by CSLIM 

“Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.”

The world is changing by CSLIM highlights the power of geological change and time in a soothing, hypnotic animation.

FLOR DEOROR by Nicolas Villareal

A dynamic dance brings an abstracted flower to full blossom in FLOR DEOROR by Nicolas Villareal. This piece is filled with geometric complexities and hidden symbols, so be sure to look at it closely. 

Rebirth by Nadia Forkosh

In Rebirth by Nadia Forkosh waves of energy and warmth radiate from a figure looking to the sky in a moment of revelation, reflection, and growth. 

Week 3: Rare Digital Art from Natural Warp, Jake Johnson, TMarchev and Bard Ionson

RegenerationSig by Bård Ionson

Science meets spirituality in RegenerationSig by Bård Ionson which takes viewers on a visual trip as they watch a  mitotic cell’s journey as it grows and transforms into a well-known scene resulting in a rebirth of its own. 

Defund the Police by Jake Johns 

A testament to the social revolution that has overtaken the world, Defund the Police highlights the complicated relationship between citizens and the police force through a carousel of pop art symbols. 

Rebirth by TMarchev

Rebirth by TMarchev highlights the start of life and the infinite possibilities that come with it. A psychedelic, surreal universe filled with brightness and vibrancy offers a glimpse into the exciting potential of the world. 

Rebirth-Phoenix by Natural Warp

From the fire rises a majestic phoenix, born from the ashes of its predecessor. In Rebirth-Phoenix, Natural Warp brings the classic symbol of rebirth to life. 

Week 4: Rare Digital Art from Heidy Teixeira, Spaced Painter, Pejman and Marko Zubak

REBIRTH by Heidy Teixeira

Heidy Teixeira’s REBIRTH is an immersive story that takes viewers into a new world, where they witness the rebirth of a robotic being. Future and past worlds collide in this surrealist fantasy land filled with surprises. 

A New Dawn Arises – Rebirth 2.0 by Spaced Painter

A 3D fractal artwork depicting rebirth through a depiction of the digital future — A New Dawn Arises by Spaced Painter shows viewers the next possible phase of evolution, often dubbed as The Singularity.  

Rebirth Of The Soul by Plouzzaa

In the 3D artwork Rebirth Of The Soul by Plouzzaa, a gold-gilded character steps forward and looks upward while a floating lantern serves as an anchor or source of light (whether it’s there to hold her back or push her forward is up for interpretation) during a journey of rebirth and growth. 

Born to cut by Marko Zubak

Marko Zubak’s famous Paper Toys make an appearance in Born to cut, an animated artwork depicting an unknowing Paper Toy trying to mind his business as stories and characters of the past fight for his attention. 

A Rare Digital Art Extravaganza: Join The Fun!  

The Month of Rare Digital Art with MakersPlace is kicking off July 23rd with the José Delbo rare digital comic book giveaway. Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of July and August for the chance to own one of these exciting original new artworks.  

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MakersPlace is the premier market for rare digital art, digital art with authenticity, rarity and proof of ownership guaranteed by blockchain technology.  Every artist and artwork featured on MakersPlace is verified through a multi-step identity verification process. The company, which was founded by a team of early Pinterest leaders, is backed by Uncork Capital, Draper Dragon Fund, Abstract Ventures, and several high-profile angel investors from Pinterest, Facebook, Zillow, and Coinbase.

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Journey to JOYWORLD with JOY

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Hello friend, I’m John Orion Young. You may know me as JOY from JOYWORLD!

JOYWORLD is a different reality where everyone and thing is conspiring to make you feel JOYful and creative. Most people who visit JOYWORLD for too long get pronoia, constantly feeling like the universe is conspiring in their favor.

JOYs are the beings that inhabit JOYWORLD. Made by hand in virtual reality, JOYs are manifested with a spirit of non-attachment and non-achievement. This enables them to arrive onto our reality plane in the purest form without some extra feeling of gains or other expectations. Each JOY is a unique 1 of 1 muse that can only be owned by one JOY Collector at a time. The JOY Collector inherits the JOY’s muse magic when it’s in their collection which represents the sacred magical bond between artist and collector.

Bobby Blobby Versailles

In the early days of JOYWORLD, you could steal your friends JOY if you were willing to pay a little more than they did. I built the first JOYWORLD contract to be what’s known in the Ethereum world as a “hot-potato”. When a JOY would sell, the contract would raise the price and automatically relist the JOY for sale for the new collector at a higher price. Each new JOY would be released for about 0.001 ETH or around $1USD. A frenzy would ensue and after about 10-15 trades, the price would be sitting in the triple digits, the highest bidding collector would have their JOY and everyone who collected had more ETH in their account than before they began. JOYWORLD would receive the initial 0.001 ETH and 10% on each of these trades.

joy-joy Mission SF

This hot potato version of the JOYWORLD marketplace launched on April 22, 2018 with Original JOY (token 0 now token 1) along with 12 other JOY friends. In just a little over the course of a year, 82 JOYs in total were added to that contract. Those JOYs were traded between JOY Collectors over 1,400 times. Maybe because it was my first code project but I loved a lot about this version of the JOY art market! The mechanic of the contract setting the price, the thrill of emotions when you capture a JOY or have it stolen from you, the low 0.001 ETH starting price, and rewarding collectors quickly for collecting JOYs.


This contract had some key flaws though. It required a lot of upkeep on the frontend when the JOYs were calling me to create more of them. The hot potato prevented JOY Collectors full ownership forcing them to always be selling at a set price no matter the market value of ETH. Also, the contract made the marketplace centralized and JOYWORLD should always work towards decentralization. JOY Collectors deserved more, so with the help of Beserk’s power to freeze worlds, we froze the JOYWORLD contract and took the JOYs out to OpenSea.

Surge Chinatown SF

A new contract called JOYWORLD S2 (season two) was minted using the OpenSea Storefront Manager in December of 2019, and fresh JOY tokens were issued to the OG JOY Collectors. With the minting of a brand new JOY named Juicy Jackalope the great unfreezing of JOYWORLD began. JOYs became fully ERC721 compliant, JOY Collectors set their own prices on JOYs, and for the first time, JOY Collectors sent JOYs to friends! JOYs can be hodled too and now no one can steal your JOY!

This transition resulted in a lot of JOYs trading hands with much higher values than previously imagined with new JOY Collectors arriving. Increasing the average JOY price by 750%, from 0.54 ETH to 4.59 ETH! On the old contract, JOYbot was the most expensive JOY at 2.71ETH. On the new contract, JOYbot is currently listed for 500 ETH and Bubble Gum Borg became the highest-selling JOY at 16.7 ETH!

Bubble Gum Borg

Both of these contracts have something in common – the amazing JOY Collectors who make the whole thing work! It’s beautiful the way we can have a symbiotic relationship between artist and collectors; outside of the interference of galleries, museums, or curators. This creates a pure, shared esthetic and vision for JOYWORLD.

You can really see it in individual JOY Collectors collections. OG collector Devil has very specific JOYs he battled to hold on to for a very long time. New collector Jim has a shared vision of one day taking JOYs across the metaverse and has collected the JOYs he is most excited to experience. Our current top collector WhaleShark has taken things way far out by building an entire social money called $Whale that is backed by 16 JOYs and other high-value crypto artworks. There are so many awesome JOY Collectors doing all kinds of radical other things, even using their JOYs as collateral for loans!

JOYbot Versailles

I am very grateful so many brilliant and interesting people are interested in collecting JOYs and being a major part of the creation of JOYWORLD. There is no way to know where this journey will take us. Just being together on the trip to JOYWORLD is our destination. The latest JOYs will be auctioned back to back on OpenSea, starting with Sid Viscous.

Peace, love,


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