Welcome everyone to CryptoArt Sundays! This week I am honoured to feature a true OG of the CryptoArt comics scene, José Delbo. He was one of the handful of artists I first heard of and started following when I got into NFTs. Ever since then I have been following his journey and it has been so exciting to see all of his creations and amazing NFT projects.
Hailing from Argentina, Delbo became a professional artist at the age of 16. Many of you will already be familiar with his incredible comic artworks such as Wonder Woman for DC Comics and The Transformers for Marvel Comics. All of his NFT drops have been immensely successful, and his passion for art can be seen through his classic signature style and detailed illustrations.
Now let’s dive into the interview where Delbo shares his experience, wisdom and thoughts on art and NFTs!
How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?
I first heard about NFTs through my grandson, Nick Frontera, who had been involved in the space for a few years. He showed me some of the NFT art that was being produced at the time and explained how the technology and the space was developing. I thought it was really great how artists from all over the world and such different backgrounds were being able to share their art thanks to this new space that was growing.
At the time, I had just finished creating my first original comic book, “Death… No Escape” and I was looking into ways I could distribute it. When I heard about this amazing industry I thought it was the perfect space to share my comic book. So I started working with my grandson to create “Death… No Escape” as what I believe is the first NFT comic book ever created on the blockchain. After we created my first NFTs and saw the amazing response by the community, I knew that I wanted to continue growing in the industry and being part of the community.
How often do you create?
I’m always drawing! Whether it is a formal drawing on my artist table or a doodle on a napkin. Of course, not everything I draw becomes an NFT, because a lot of times I draw just because I enjoy it, but I only want my best pieces to go to the NFT community. In terms of NFT creation, I believe we are releasing roughly 2 pieces a month.
What is your creative process?
My process is different with each piece. But once I have an idea, I do a sketch in pencil. I usually make changes several times before I finally arrive at something I like. Once I do, I ink the piece and then clean up all the stray pencil marks. At that point I work with my family to take a very high quality scan of the piece. Then I work with a colorist and sometimes an animator to add color to the piece digitally. Finally, my grandson helps me turn the piece into an NFT and offer it to this wonderful community.
Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?
There are so many great CryptoArtists out there that it’s hard to say! I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with many incredible artists such as Hackatao, Trevor Jones, Primal Cypher, Anna Zhylaeva, Diplo, RAC, Monstercat, Vuho, and Mark McKenna. I am always open to collaborating with artists who present a different style than mine so we can create something truly unique.
What do you think the future of CryptoArt will look like?
CryptoArt is here to stay! I just hope that it will continue to afford the same opportunities to other artists that it did to me to keep doing what we love for a wonderful community.
What are you currently working on?
One of the main projects I’m working on is The Satoshiverse, which is a comic universe that my grandson’s company, Apollo NFT, and I are developing together. Although they still haven’t been introduced yet, The Satoshiverse will have a lot of characters so I’m working on creating concept art of these heroes and villains and I’m having a blast! Additionally, I’m working on some pieces based on my Bored Ape, who my grandson and I named Captain Apemo. We created this story around him so now I’m illustrating some of the moments in his life. I’ve grown so attached to my ape while drawing him and his shenanigans!
Where can collectors buy your work?
I try to sell my work on different platforms. So far, I have released pieces on MakersPlace, Nifty Gateway, SuperRare and Meme. Additionally, I always let collectors know when new releases are coming out on my Twitter and on my Discord server, so that anyone that’s interested in my work can have the most up to date information.
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