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CryptoArt Sundays: Interview with Stefan Grosse Halbuer

Welcome to CryptoArt Sundays! I am super excited to introduce you all to a really cool artist, Stefan Große Halbuer. Stefan has been a freelance designer and digital artist for 10 years. His artworks are filled with detail, emotion, and stories.

Hailing from Münster, Germany, he loves to work in all areas of visual communication and has a deep passion for information design, illustration and editorial design. His previous clients include household names such as Global Incubator, Visions Magazine, and IN GRAPHICS Magazine, and many more.

Let’s dive in and see what Stefan’s experience has been like in the NFT space so far, his current project, and of course, some snapshots of his amazing artwork.

How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?

I had heard about NFTs in the middle of 2020, but even though I was already interested in crypto, I didn’t pay that much attention. End of 2020/beginning of 2021, I think it was Victor Mosquera and Mad Dog Jones who I saw posting about NFTs on Instagram a lot. I didn’t really use Twitter back then, so these two were the first artists that made me look deeper into it.

In January, I had a great chat with ARC who convinced me to hop over on Twitter, build my account, learn about NFTs as much as possible and start minting. The opportunity to work on the things you love and get paid much more money compared to the commissions and client projects you do, brought me in first. What I didn’t expect was the strong community that is maybe even worth more than the financial aspect of it.

How often do you create?

Whenever I can! Creating art is both my passion and profession, so when I get up in the morning, the first thing I want to do is grab the pen and draw.

What is your creative process?

I have a very clear process when I work on a specific idea or task, so building up my artworks always follows a similar route. My idea generation process is a bit more free, I like taking random doodles and notes and spending a lot of time for research, getting inspiration, etc. When I pull the trigger on a specific idea though, I usually just need 1-2 quick thumbnails and the drawing process can start. Most of my work is made on the iPad from first notes to final art, I just use a bit of After Effects for some of my animations.

Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?

Sure, what about Beeple, is he free? I’d actually love to make more collabs, but often don’t have the time. I hope I can change that later this year, as I’m not taking any new project requests right now so I can focus on personal projects. Then I’m going to have a look at who I’d love to work with and who would be in for a collab! 🙂

What do you think the future of CryptoArt will look like?

Apart from the usual ups and downs the market experiences, I’m convinced that CryptoArt is still at the beginning of a very long lasting cultural change. I wouldn’t invest that much time and effort and cut connections to my “old” freelance clients if I wasn’t sure about that. Whatever the future development will look like, I’m ready to supply it with high quality art.

I’m especially curious to see how the market dynamics change when more big brands enter the space, more significant DAOs form, and what will develop out of the PFP hype. Also what new platforms and chains will pop up and if they can challenge the current big players. It’s not going to get boring for sure!

What are you currently working on?

My current focus is very much on “Shroomheads”. It’s a hand made, non-generative PFP project I’m working on with an amazing team. It builds on the world of “Cycle of the Shroom” I’ve been creating with Ric Galbraith for a while now. My main task is to draw 100 detailed cyberpunk-inspired characters with very unique features and looks, so there’s a lot of hours going into this right now. The release will be around the end of October.

Another NFT project I’m working on from time to time is “REFLECTIONS”. It’s a kind of CryptoArt commission experiment. Collectors can buy tickets and then give me input for a custom artwork they get as a trading card. Ticket no. 6/10 has just been sold and so far it’s amazing to work with the collector’s input!

Where can collectors find your work?

I’m releasing work on different platforms, SuperRare, Foundation, Hicetnunc, REFLECTIONS on OpenSea, and the Shroomheads Twitter if you’d like to stay updated.

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