seussian by eniosta: a surrealist escape

Guest post by Enoista


Hi, my name is Mae. I’m a 3D artist from the East Coast of Australia, and I create surreal environment art with the intent to transport the viewer to an alternate reality alongside me. The seussian collection currently contains 20 pieces and will culminate sometime around the end of 2022 at a maximum of 50 pieces.

The response to the first drop of the collection was completely overwhelming – the collection sold out in less than ten minutes, and bought a number of wonderful collectors and connections into my life for which I will be forever grateful.

I have been creating in one way or another most of my life, and I use artist expression as a means of escapism. I have explored many mediums from clay sculpture to photography, but I found my home in 3D in late 2019. Using social and online learning platforms I learned the basics of hard surface modelling with a focus on interior design and began selling my creations as game assets. After around 18 months in this space, I began to feel boxed in by the restrictions of creating for the gaming world and decided to make the move back to creating art for the sake of art.

Seussian was born from this restricted feeling; I was seeking creative freedom and a means with which to get what is inside of me, out. The central theme of the collection is escapism, but each NFT also holds a very special place in my soul as every image is based on a photograph of a pivotal moment in my life. These photographs were chosen very carefully; they had to be important but also vibrant enough to create a palette capable of bringing the piece to life. The practice of a hidden image within the art piece itself creates a deep connection between my lived experiences and the work.

These photographs act as the inspiration for each scene, but also the base of it. Once I select an image, I take it into photoshop and use a variety of tools to blur and paint on it, effectively creating an abstract palette for the piece. Once I’m happy with the image, I make a few notes on what the original photograph actually means to me, and I begin to sculpt out the landscape based on those notes. If the photograph tells a powerful and emotive story, the environment tends to come out more dominant with mountains and cliffs, while peaceful, calming images lend to sand dunes and soft hills. When I am happy with the composition and lighting on each piece I bring in the palette and use a procedural node system to create the ridges and lines that bring seussian to life.

My work tells the story of a life lived, and I’m grateful to have developed the skills that allowed me to explore this side of my creativity. Seussian is like nothing I have ever created before and will stand alone as the collection of work that gifted me with the discovery of a different side of myself. Moving forward I plan to continue moving with the flow of the creative freedom that I found in this collection, developing my skills to ensure that I am able to continue to create work that resonates deep within my soul.



Artist spotlight: Rielle Oase, Mariana Martins, and Tayen Kim

Three independent creators making their way in the NFT world.

Rielle Oase

My name’s Rielle; I’m a narrative fashion photographer in LA. Coming from an awkward childhood of homeschooling, my interest lies in odd social interactions which I disguise under the drama of fashion. Especially in high fashion, I can feel a familiar disconnect between corporation and audience which reminds me of my own social awkwardness. This is what I highlight in my work – the oddity. My genesis collection is an on-going timeline of my career – these standalone pieces are a quick dive into the people and ideas I’ve worked with in the fashion industry.

Although I primarily work in photography, my artistic practice is interdisciplinary – from crochet, to oil paint, to embroidered photographic prints. There’s a freedom in the NFT space that I haven’t experienced before, and as a result, my next series, Under Droplets, will also be interdisciplinary.

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Mariana Martins

My name is Mariana Martins. I am a Brazilian American Artist who focuses on digital animation and illustration. I strive to make fun, eye-catching content that dazzles and inspires. I am very outgoing, and I find great joy in connecting with other artists in my community and around the world. My passion is animation, not only creating but teaching as well. I have been teaching animation for three years to people of all ages. I love the bizarre, and fun quirkiness of life that shines through my work. I find such beauty in movement, and it is this fascination with movement that drives my work in animation and drives me to reach others with my vision.

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Tayen Kim

Human behavior and culture (which I define as the set of behaviors which a group utilizes to live out their core values) have always held my fascinations.  Having learned late in life that I am Autistic, I have gained more freedom to explore my studies of people and our nuanced, micro-moments. However those studies have been at the center of my work since I began drawing at the age of 2.

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Put forward your work

If you’d like to suggest an artist or put your collection forward for consideration, don’t be afraid to let us know on Twitter and Instagram. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t made any sales yet – we’re keen to spread the word about creators minting their first NFTs too!



Computer Joy: Lee Mullican, a digital art pioneer

Guest post by Vinciane Jones (Verisart) in collaboration with the Lee Mullican estate


In the mid-1980s, Lee Mullican, an American painter, brought art and technology one step closer together through his pioneering digital works. For the artist, the parallels between working physically and digitally were apparent, “I examined why I thought the computer was for me. Even in my paintings, I was always working with pattern and line, and color. I’ve had a built-in computer ever since I’ve been doing art.” 

Lee Mullican, Person, 1988, courtesy of the Estate of Lee Mullican and Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Over the past decades, technology evolved from being a tool to a medium, to finally becoming the artwork itself. Today, digital art no longer needs to justify why it should be art. Artists recognize the possibilities of technology and collectors understand the mastery and conceptual thinking that underpins the art. From digital paintings and digital photo manipulation to AI, creative algorithms, and 3D modeling, the digital art space is bigger than ever before. We’re now in a world where the code is the work, as demonstrated by the explosive growth of generative art where lines of code written by the artist create the image. The explosive growth of the NFT art market, from $20 million in 2020 to $2 billion in 2021, was a catalyst for widespread engagement with digital art. 

The unbounded creativity of digital art today was made possible by the artists who dared to take the first step. Artists who saw beyond the functional aspects of technology and harnessed it to create art. Artists of the 60s, 70s, and 80s paved the way by believing digital art could be the future before it was even accepted by the art world, let alone the general public. 

Lee Mullican, UCLA, 1987, courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art, photo by Basil Langton

Lee Mullican (1919-1998) was one of these pioneering artists. Primarily a painter, Mullican embraced the possibilities offered by emerging digital technologies of the time. At the age of 67, Mullican began working with UCLA’s Program for Technology in the Arts to explore how his signature painting style could be translated to the digital realm. The resulting works seem to pulsate on the screen. The interplay of rich, jeweled colors and dark backgrounds along with the repetitive patterns encourage us to look and look again. Thirty years after their creation, they still have the power to mesmerize.

Lee Mullican and NFTs

Today, for the first time, the world has the opportunity to own a piece of digital art history as Mullican’s digital works are being offered as NFTs. In an exclusive partnership with the Estate of Lee Mullican and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Verisart is delighted to present 15 NFTs by the artist. All the works are certified NFTs minted on Verisart, an independent NFT minting and blockchain certification platform. The auction runs from November 20 to December 4. 

Lee Mullican in his studio, circa 1965, courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Estate of Lee Mullican

A Pioneering Artist

During Lee Mullican’s six-decade-long career, the artist was never afraid to experiment, explore and push boundaries. He was interested in abstraction when the Realist aesthetic was still dominant, he invented a divergent vein of Surrealism and embraced digital technology. 

Lee Mullican in solo exhibition, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago Chile, 1968, courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art and Estate of Lee Mullican

As a painter, Mullican developed his own meditative process of painting which he called “striation”, a rhythmic and repetitive pressing of a palette knife against the canvas. Shortly after developing his style, Mullican formed a collective with Wolfgang Paalen and Gordon Onslow Ford. They named their group, ‘DYN’ after the Greek word for “the possible”. 

DYN explored the subconscious mind, mysticism, automatism, and the influences of ancient cultures, themes which echo throughout Mullican’s works, including in his digital creations. Mullican said of the group, “We were dealing with art as a way of meditation.” These words apply to his digital works too, stare long enough at the swirling pixels and the experience becomes meditative.

Comp Joy Game, 1987, courtesy of Estate of Lee Mullican and Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Embracing Emerging Technologies

When Mullican began working with digital imaging technology, the integration of color had only recently been introduced thanks to IBM’s introduction of a 16-color scheme (four bits—one bit each for red, green, blue, and intensity) with the Color Graphics Adapter (CGA) and for its first IBM PC in 1981 and then improved with the Enhanced Graphics Adapter (EGA) in 1984. 

Lee Mullican, UCLA, 1987, courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art, photo by Basil Langton

Mullican created his works on the IBM 5170, equipped with the Truevision Advanced Raster Graphics Adapter (TARGA), and using a Summagraphics Summasketch stylus to experiment with painting and drawing on a computer. The artist was excited by the possibilities offered by working on a computer, “Imagine being able to paint in sweeping gestures with a pattern, throwing out thousands of dots and blots of color that could be cured or erased or changed or kept on a disk to be brought back for further change in an instant or in a matter of weeks or years.” That we now take such abilities for granted, highlights the creative possibilities unlocked by technological progress. 

Mullican, like many contemporary digital artists who embrace glitches produced by computer programs, recognized the element of unpredictably that existed in digital art, “I found that beyond what one thought, the computer as being hard-lined, analytical, and predictable, it was indeed a medium fueled with the automatic, enabled by chance, and accident, discovery of new ways of making imagery.” 

Lee Mullican, Pool, 1987, courtesy of Estate of Lee Mullican and Marc Selwyn

In total, Mullican created over 300 images saved as .TGA and .PCX files stored on floppy disks. The TARGA generated files were the native format for VISTA boards, the first graphic cards for IBM-compatible PCs to support Highcolor/TrueColor display, meaning that computers today still support the artwork’s native file format. The original TGA works will be available to the NFT collectors through unlockable content included on the NFT’s Verisart blockchain Certificate of Authenticity. 

Lee Mullican, Arc, 1987, courtesy of Estate of Lee Mullican and Marc Selwyn

A meeting of Analog and Digital

Lee Mullican’s digital works will be projected onto walls alongside his canvas paintings from 1966-1985, as part of Computer Joy, an exhibition organized by Marc Selwyn Fine Art Gallery.  The exhibition offers viewers the opportunity to see the works side by side, emphasizing the dialogue between Mullican’s physical and digital works. 

Lee Mullican, Creation Game, 1987, courtesy of Estate of Lee Mullican and Marc Selwyn

Mullican’s works can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others.

Lee Mullican in his studio, courtesy of Mark Selwyn Fine Art and Lee Mullican Estate

This NFT collection, created as a continuation of Lee Mullican’s innovation and enthusiasm for the digital medium, will bring a wider audience to the artist’s experimental works and provide collectors with the opportunity to own images which brought art and technology closer together. 

Bidding on OpenSea ends on December 4 – Explore the collection
Join the Verisart Discord to learn more about the artist and his works.



Trending NFTs: Misan Harriman x Defaced, ICONS, and more

// A look at what’s hot across the metaverse.

Misan Harriman x Defaced

Defaced and Misan Harriman just dropped their collaborative project Daytrip on OpenSea and the auctions are already in full swing. There are 10 1/1 pieces, and bidding closes Saturday 20th at 12pm EST.

“The rumours are true, he walked among us.”

MISFITS

Generative works but not in the way we’ve come to expect: “By blending abstract painting, analog printing processes, a few flames, and many lost nights, the series came to be.”

The sale is over but you can check out what’s available on the secondary market right here.

ICONS

If you cross 3 of the most notable figures in history with 3 of the most iconic artists of today’s NFT realm, what do you get? Well, the ICONS collection, obviously, as that’s the header of this section.

Click here to purchase the first-ever NFTs of Albert Einstein by Jonathan Wolfe, Charlie Chaplin by Odious, and The Wright brothers by Parrott.

Camille Chiang

Camille Chiang is just 21 years old and already making a name for herself in the NFT space. Her latest collection, WACK!, captures the vibrant expression of the raw colorfulness of creation.

“The name is a nod to Camille’s childhood in Hong Kong when she often used the term to describe all things fun and unique. Moving abroad, she later learned how the word took on a contrary meaning. Now, ‘wack’ is a playful symbol of difference.”

Mutant Ape Yacht Club

If you’re a BAYC devotee, you’ll know what this is all about. If you’re not, the Bored Ape Yacht Club website or Twitter is likely a better place to start. It’s quite some rabbit hole, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Anyway, this is the latest drop from the team, and activity on OpenSea has been feverish.

Elsewhere…

The Lee Mullican sale starts tomorrow, David Guetta dropped a new collection, and the art of skateboarding had its moment in the NFT sun.

If you have any feedback or thoughts on what we should be covering next time around, feel free to let us know on Discord. If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.



New features & updates: user safety, Adobe, and more

Every month, we’re adding features and updating our platform in response to feedback from you, the community. Here’s the latest from the ever-growing OpenSea team.

Adobe integrates with OpenSea

If you didn’t catch the news when we announced it in October, our partnership with Adobe represents an exciting step forward for user safety in the NFT space.

‘Content Credentials’ is a new tool that allows Adobe users to connect their crypto wallets and verify their creations at source, with their identity information displayed to OpenSea buyers.

Read all about it here.

What is OpenSea?

If you’re struggling to explain OpenSea to your family and friends, this is the video for you!

New collection review pop-up

We updated the warning pop-up for those clicking the buy button on unreviewed collections. Be careful out there, folks, and always do your research before confirming a purchase.

Activity page updates

The activity page is now accessible via the collection page and we made it easier to access key info!

Creator addresses on collection pages

You can now see the creator account on collection pages under the collection name. We’re doing all we can to keep users safe in this brave new world.

Placeholder images for pre-reveal collections

It’s now clearer which items are pre-reveal and which ones aren’t. Why the computer face, you might be wondering? Why not?

Checkout warning about recently changed prices

Sadly, there are some bad actors out there looking to game the system and fool users into purchases they don’t want to make. The OpenSea Trust & Safety team is watching closely and always coming up with ways to combat the scammers based on what we’re seeing and feedback from the community.

We added a warning in the checkout flow if the price of an NFT has recently been changed. Better safe than sorry.

Homepage top collections

Art isn’t about money, but it’s sometimes fun to check the numbers. We added the top collections to the homepage to save you the click to the rankings page. (You can still head to the rankings page for all your filtering needs, of course!).



We want to hear from you

If you have suggestions for features that will benefit the community, reach out to us on Discord or Twitter – we’re always up for hearing ideas on how we can improve the platform!

Join us

NFTs represent a new renaissance in the consumer internet, and it’s the perfect time to join the OpenSea team. If you’re interested in a role, we’re hiring across the board.

(Cover image credit: Ben Kovach)



The Mona Lana collection by Lana Denina

Guest post by Lana Denina



The Mona Lana is a collection of 500 unique portraits of women randomly generated through coding using 114 different painted traits.

They are the Mona Lisa of the ETH blockchain. They are elegant, mysterious, and valuable.

This is a female-empowering project, which promotes diversity throughout Web 3.0 and enables collectibles collectors to buy fine art. The project is a hybrid between an ‘edition’ and a ‘collectibles’ project due to the limited supply.

My inspiration

The project is inspired by futuristic fashion design and 3D printing fashion. While making the project I’ve tried to paint the most inclusive and diverse features possible so anyone could identify to at least one Mona. You can easily observe how diverse in terms of texture and curl pattern the hairstyles are, while still staying minimalistic. In my culture, hair is extremely important – as women, we change our hair a lot, as often as we buy new clothes. This is why I’ve accentuated the artistic side of the hairstyles.

The makeup properties are inspired by makeup brands and each trait is a makeup shade/type name, such as the «  ruby lips » or « whispie lashes ». The Mona Lana series is pretty much a fashion editorial. I’m originally from the south of France and Benin, living in Canada. When I was young, my grandmother would take me to the Louvre museum whenever we had the chance. This is where I met the Mona Lisa and fell in love with this small painting everyone was intrigued with. I remember being mesmerized by her and her unique look. The Mona Lana is a celebration of my early days as a young artist and my early days as an artist on the blockchain. 

Empowering women & supporting artists

Each Mona Lana will act as a key entry to Lana Denina’s exclusive sales and airdrops, thus every Mona Lana holder will have advantages that no other collectors have.

Also, a percentage of the sales of the project will be reintegrated in Cyber Baat DAO – a new DAO created to support creators of African descent in the metaverse – and to women’s shelters in Canada to fight against domestic violence. This project has been created to help support other artists of the blockchain, empower women in tech, and put forward fine digital art in the collectibles market.



Trending NFTs: Vogue, Blair Bernstein, and more

// A look at what’s hot across the metaverse.

Vogue

Vogue Singapore’s landmark collection is live on OpenSea, and there are just a few hours remaining to bid on the two 1/1 auction pieces. This is your chance to own the first-ever digital covers in the brand’s history, so move quickly if you want to get involved!

The series, created for the first Vogue issue dedicated to the metaverse, includes NFTs from Chad Knight, baelf design, Amber Jae, The Fabricant, Shavonne Wong, Lanzavecchia + Wai, and Dain Yoon.

Check out what’s available right here.

Blair Bernstein

Blair Bernstein is an NYC-based illustrator producing daily drawings featuring big lips, big hair, and big lashes. The artist launched a series of generative sisters on OpenSea recently, and you can still pick up NFTs via the initial sale. If you’re just wanting to browse the secondary market, here’s your link.

“Every trait in this collection was hand-drawn or painted on paper, scanned, and then layered through an algorithm to generate 1,989 unique women living on the Ethereum blockchain.”

Letters by Vinnie Hager

Vinnie Hager’s genesis NFT collection consists of 1000 hand-illustrated 1/1 pieces, with traits determining rarity. With nearly 700 unique owners, it’s clear that this is a collectibles project valued by the wider community, not just a few who bought in more than once. Join the Discord to see for yourself.

Edifice by Ben Kovach

As we know (he writes taking cover), Art Blocks leads the pack when it comes to consistent, intriguing, mind-bending generative art drops, and Edifice by Ben Kovach is the latest to capture NFT land’s full attention.

If you weren’t able to grab one on mint, the secondary market is in full swing.

Divine Anarchy

According to the websiteDivine Anarchy is “the first attempt at an in-game governance NFT that will act as an experimental catalyst for open source tribe formation” Curious? Us too. The roadmap is packed, and the team’s Twitter looks like the place to be if you want to learn more.

What we can tell you is that the NFTs are moving fast on OpenSea, and you can browse the 10,011 strong series right here.

Elsewhere…

$ENS made headlines, Gazell.io refreshed the OpenSea Spatial gallery with some incredible NFTs, and Malaysian Hip hop star Namewee entered the chat with a drop that got his fans talking.

If you have any feedback or thoughts on what we should be covering next time around, feel free to let us know on Discord. If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.