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CryptoArt Sundays: Interview with Mark Watts

Welcome to CryptoArt Sundays! This week I super excited to share an incredible interview with you all, featuring the Original G1 TRANSFORMER artist from 1981, Mark Watts.

Watts recently joined KnownOrigin and his artworks have already been a hit amongst NFT collectors. Some of his previous clients include major brands such as Sony, Walt Disney, The Rolling Stones, Budweiser, and Warner Brothers Pictures. Some of his techniques include traditional airbrush on hot press illustration board or canvas, acrylics, dyes, oil paint and 3D with digital airbrush.

Let’s dive into the interview where Watts shares more about his lifelong art career, his vision of CryptoArt, how he got into NFTs, and much more.

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

I found out about the NFT space through a publisher of mine that has published a number of Transformer books with a lot of my work in the books. He said I should look into NFTs because my art is collectible and a piece of history. I have a lot of well-known Transformer Art, over 50 Pieces.

I am the Original G1 TRANSFORMER Artist from 1981 and beyond. This art is a piece of history and what better way to share and preserve the art then with limited edition NFTs. I also have many other well known pieces of art that I think we will be making into NFTs.

I have done art work for: Walt Disney, Budweiser, The Rolling Stones, Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount Pictures well known movie posters, Sony, Tyco Toys, Hasbro, Crayola, William Morrow Publishing, Avon Books and many more.

How often do you create?

Almost every day I am drawing new ideas or working on new art, traditional as well as digital art. I work on some commissions as well as my own pieces.

What is your creative process?

My creative process is first to imagine the art I want to create in my head. I will think about it in my down time. After thinking about it for a few days or so I have the finished painting in my head. Then I work on a number of sketches and when I work on sketches I can see the finished art in color in my head. I refine the sketches with tracking paper overlays until I have a tight drawing to transfer to hot press illustration board or canvas. Working in digital is very similar, I just transfer the hand drawing to the computer.

Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?

To be honest I have never thought about it, as an illustrator artist I have worked mostly alone except on a few projects. If I were approached by the right artist I would think about it.

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

It looks very good especially in the limited-edition market. I think of NFTs CryptoArt like cryptocurrency with something of value behind it.

What are you currently working on?

I am working on 4 pieces with my own ideas, I am always working on my own art. I am also working on 5 commissions, 3 are Transformer pieces working in traditional style, hand drawn on hot press illustration board, airbrush with acrylic paint.

Where can collectors buy your work?

Collectors can buy my work on KnownOrigin, my website, and agent.

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