How to Become an NFT Artist? [A Beginner’s Guide]
NFTs have had an immense impact on the art world, especially in the financial aspect. Not only has it given the artists an established platform to showcase and sell their work, but it has also added a much-needed layer of security and transparency to it. Any artist can now easily go to a no-code NFT creator like Appy Pie and create NFT art.
However, for an artist who is new to (or unaware of) what is NFT, it may feel a little intimidating and confusing (to say the least). You need to make several decisions, like choosing the right marketplace, figuring out the gas fee, connecting the digital wallet, and so much more! But we’re here to help.
Did you know that you can create your own NFT marketplaces like OpenSea or Rarible?
What is NFT Art?
Jaiden Stipp, a teenager, created and sold his digital work for 20 ETH. Another teen, 18-year-old Victor Langlois, sold his artwork The Everlasting Beautiful for $550,000. In total, he has made $18 million in NFT sales only.
These figures give you only an idea of NFT art’s potential today. But what is NFT art?
NFT Art is a collectible digital asset that is tradeable in the digital space.
Traditional works of art are of great value as they are unique and have a legacy behind them. Digital art has always faced the challenge of forgery and fraud. NFT art eliminates this risk by including a certificate of ownership of a unique digital or physical asset created by an NFT artist.
NFT art is protected by blockchain technology. This technology ensures that no one can tamper with the record of ownership, nor does it allow anyone to copy and paste to recreate or forge the NFT.
How to become an NFT Artist?
Everything you see up there sounds pretty lucrative, but these examples are of the creme de la creme in the NFT art world.
Not every NFT artist makes millions, though. The only common thing among all the successful NFT artists is that they took the first step to becoming an NFT artist. Let’s learn all the basic steps that you need to take to become an NFT artist.
- Find a niche for your NFT art
You can’t please them all! This is one mantra you need to live by. As an artist in the digital or physical world, you must have a clear niche you belong to. Figure out the kind of art you want to create as an NFT artist.
However, don’t get carried away with what sells. Stay true to your style and find a niche where your work belongs.
When you stick to your niche, you strengthen your skills, develop a stronger community around your work and let your audience know what kind of artwork they can expect from you.
- Choose the technology
Once you have figured out the kind of niche you want to work in, it is time to figure out the best technology you can to create NFTs. This would depend heavily on the kind of art you want to create. For example, if you want to edit existing art, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Lightroom may work best. However, if you are planning to create art from scratch, an iPad and Pro Create will work wonders for you.
But, there is a simpler way to create NFT art – Appy Pie’s NFT Generator. It needs no special training or skills and takes only a few minutes to create unique NFT artwork. You can even convert an image to NFT art in a jiffy. Give it a try now!
- Create your NFT art
This must be the step you have been waiting for since you started reading this blog. There is no right or wrong way to create NFT art. You may not make great art in the first go, and that’s OK! The idea is to keep creating NFT artwork without losing hope.
Beeple is the most prominent example here. He kept creating artworks every single day for 13 years and eventually sold his artwork ‘Everydays’ The First 5000 Days for $69 million!
The idea is to enjoy the process and not just be in it for a quick return. If you want to gain any success creating NFT art, understand that you may have to spend a long time doing just that.
- Choose the right marketplace
There are several different marketplaces to sell your NFT art like OpenSea, Rarible, etc. If you are planning to sell your NFT art, you need to do a quick analysis of the minting costs, gas fees, and other costs involved in listing and selling your NFT art. If, however, you want to go into the business end of the business, you can also create your own NFT marketplace like Rarible or OpenSea in minutes with Appy Pie!
- Build a community through social media
Reach out to prospective clients or buyers through social media. You must tell the world of your existence and show them your work. Build a brand, reach out to your target audience, and expose them to your NFT art. After all, what you see is what you covet.
Apart from social media, you can also build a blog and publish long and short-form content, live stream exciting videos, and hold Q&A sessions. Use all these media to build credibility and increase your visibility. It is human nature for people to buy art from someone they are familiar with instead of a completely unknown artist.
- Stay active and engage your community
Talk to your audience, build a story and tell your story to your community. The more your community feels connected to, the more likely they are to convert into a customer.
When you have two-way communication with your community, you also get a deep insight into what your prospective buyers expect from you and what they would love to see you create next. In some cases, you may even get some inspiration for your next NFT artwork.
- Be consistent
Consistency is key. You cannot become a successful NFT artist overnight! You must work consistently towards achieving your goals. Beeple worked every day for 13 years before selling ‘Everydays’ The First 5000 Days for $69 million.
If you are not consistent, no one will trust you, and without trust, no one will buy from you.
Give yourself at least six months where you keep working consistently on your NFT art. At the end of 6 months, if you feel that you are not getting anywhere, it might be time for you to reconsider your strategies.
- Build a network of artists
Networking works. Reach out to other artists in the NFT community. Genuinely appreciate good work, and share good work (yours and others) on your social media. You would see them return the favor and share your work in their space, giving you more relevant exposure. Who knows, you may even turn a fellow artist into a client!
How to create NFT Art with Appy Pie?
There are two ways to create NFT art with Appy Pie. One is where you convert an image or photo into NFT art, and the other is where you create something unique using our NFT generator.
Here are the steps to create NFT art in minutes!
- Choose a design template or upload one.
Appy Pie’s NFT creator has loads of design templates that you can use. However, you have all the freedom to upload your own work as well.
- Customize your NFT Art
You can customize each element of your design and make it stand apart. The editing process is simple and intuitive.
- Export & sell your NFT Art
Once you are happy with your NFT artwork, you can export it to your chosen destination in your preferred format to list and sell on an NFT marketplace.
Whether you are a seasoned NFT artist or a newbie, it is possible to make a name for yourself in the NFT art community. The most important thing is to stay true to yourself and keep at it.
It would never do you well to imagine hitting a jackpot of some kind in your first attempt. Like all good things, it takes time and effort to get there. Let your passion run through your work so that you can give it your all. That is the only way to go far in any field – NFT art is no different!
What are you waiting for?
Do you think I missed out on something here? Big or small, if you have something to share, I am all ears! Leave a comment below to tell me how you created your first NFT art.
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