Original Video Loops
Going around in circles is what you might feel like swapping from marketplace to Twitter and then all too often dipping in to your wallet to invest in the next new thing. While you're looping... digital art is doing the same.
Todays MintFace features original video loops by @pixlpa, @beautifooldata and JollyRoger as the creativity behind the projects.
MintFace Sale Feature - Pixlpa
Andrew began his NFT journey in February 2021 (practically 1956 in real life years!) ... and has minted and sold 32 original video loops since then. Andrew Benson is a Los Angeles based visual artist working between interactive graphics, animation, and experimental processes. He recently spoke about how he doesn't take the support for his art for granted.
His latest work continues building on the original video loops creative with The Dry Stems series. Each digital artwork is built from intersecting simulated surfaces and simple geometry upon which color patterns emerge through feedback.
Watching the 25 second loop on the Foundation marketplace, I'm drawn in to the feeling of being buffeted by a gentle breeze.
But I did promise you today that works we featured were going to be less than 0.1 eth and this one has the decimal point a couple of places to the right. With 1,699 Foundation follows this isn't surprising... in fact its well deserved.
Heading on over to OpenSea, Andrew Benson shows more of his experimental styles working with moving graphics on loop. Wavelet Pool - First Prototype was first listed three months ago.
"First generated animation prior to the 'Wavelet Pool" series. This series is generatively created by mapping a series of animated Gabor basis functions to a 3D mesh. This process creates a synthesized composition that resembles sound waves generated via additive synthesis." Andrew Benson.
Before you go...head over and have a play with Andrews motion brush on his artist website pixlpa.com way back in the world before NFT's. It's pretty cool. I made this.
MintFace Artwork Feature - Beautifool Data
Every conversation about NFT avatars almost always ends up back at CryptoPunks. FourierPunks captures the cyclical natures of these Twitter conversations through a series of mathematically mesmerising circles.
But how do they work?
It starts with referencing an original CryptoPunk as a pseudo stencil.
"The most famous NFT pixel art was broken down and built back up using circles. The more circles there are, the closer to the original you get. Each circle orbits another with it's own constant speed and direction. Tracing the path of the final, smallest circle creates a Fourier Punk!"
Yup. Mind blown here too. Who is the artist BeautifoolData? Just a fool who likes math, data analytics, comp sci, ML, AI, Ethereum, and more recently NFTs according to the Twitter profile with the same name.
...and with a geometrically adjacent mind, his skills are able to draw a circle around the kinds of people who might invest in a FourierPunk.
If hypnotic loops derived from perfect circles aren't the sign of a mathmatical genius, then go and watch another dozen over on Fopunks.com.
Minting may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up a fluoro face on the OpenSea marketplace.
My personal favourite is FourierPunk #260 for its smooth lines (and because its the one shown in the examples above. At 1,420.69 eth it's a little out of my price range however, secondary still has one left at 0.08 eth bizarrely.
BlockDaddy says it best here.
MintFace Artist Feature - JollyRoger
A handdrawn Bruce Lee fight sequence is one from a Rotoscope animation series of three brought to life by JollyRoger. The first one has sold out and the last one was minted 'in secret' on August 13th 2021.
The Hic et Nunc platform is where you'll find JollyRoger's artworks list.
Not familiar with hic et nunc? Hic et Nunc is a decentralized application that allows people to manage decentralized digital assets on the Tezos Blockchain.
The Tezos blockchain doesn't matter much to the art... but it does matter if you care about energy use and cost to operate the blockchain. Tezos is considered more eco-friendly because it only requires Proof-of-Stake not a Proof-of-Work like Ethereum.
Anyway, we've got distracted... the point is that Hic et Nunc is a viable marketplace with a fast growing user base.
Now...back to the art.
Mr.Lee - a Tribute handdrawn Rotoscope Animation of Mr.Bruce Lee, Taken from "The Way Of The Dragon" movie 1972. 6 sec, 78 handdrawn Frames, 12 fps
Mr.Norris VS Mr.Lee Rotoscope Fight scene of Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee from The Way of The Dragon" movie 1972, 65 Handdrawn frame, 12 frame per second.
Mr Seagal - A modified rotoscope animation of Mr.Steven Seagal aikido moves 56 handdrawing frame, 17 frame persecond, music by jemari misteri.
Looping Videos In Real Life Worlds
I can see these three videos looping on repeat in the gymnasium lobby of a New York 5 star W Hotel complex. They're a hypnoticly fun way to bring movement to a space.
You can own an edition of all three for just 28 tez (10 + 15 + 3 for each artwork) . Tez? Yes....you'll need to swap eth for Tez. All three will cost you the equivalent of 0.031 eth which is amazing value for the hundreds of frames of work that's gone in to these.
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If this article has made you curious about getting started with digital art, we also run the Digital Artist Economy workshop helping artists create their first digital art through a three week programme. Share it with an artist you'd like to see on an NFT marketplace.
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