I love all the different art styles out there, but one particular style that has recently caught my eye in the CryptoArt scene, and that I’m quite fascinated by, is art inspired by Japanese anime and manga. And one artist that I really love is Orabelart. I love the way she mixes Japanese nuances with her own style to create artworks which are nostalgic, vivid, poetic, and surrealistic.
Orabel is a French artist currently based in Marseille, France where she works full time as a graphic designer at a fashion firm. She was without a doubt born with an inherent talent for drawing which her artworks clearly illustrate.
I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions about how she got into NFTs, how NFTs will change the future of art, and what inspires her the most. Check out the interview below for some thought-provoking perspectives on where the digital art scene is going.
Thank you so much Orabel for taking the time to share more about yourself and your art with us!
How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?
It was in August 2020.
I work as a graphic designer for a fashion brand as my day job, but I have always dreamt about being an artist full-time. In order to achieve this, I have been saving every month in order to, someday, quit my day job and follow my goal.
I was trying so hard to get my art out there and to build an audience on Instagram, but as you may know, it becomes harder and harder to be seen on the platform.
It is in this context that Max Waldinger aka Talos popped in my DMs and talked to me about NFTs. At first I was really skeptical but he told me to do my own research, which I did. I saw that Crypto Art was a real opportunity. It was still a pretty underground and hidden space, and I felt like creating my own NFTs could help me to reach my financial goal faster. This is why I came back to Max and asked him to teach me everything he knows. He also introduced me to his friends and to my very first collector, Shinji Akhirah. I still feel so lucky and grateful for these awesome people.
How often do you create?
As a graphic designer, I create everyday, and in my free time I usually draw. I try very hard to be consistent with drawing. Even with my day job, I try to keep my strongest creative juices for my artworks. But sometimes, I really need to rest and still have to find balance between both activities. Each month, I create between 1 and 3 full illustrations.
Where do you get inspiration from?
My style is mainly inspired by Japanimation and mangas. It was my main art style when I was a teenager and I think you can feel it in my female characters and the way I draw eyes or hair. Music and writing are also a huge component of my creative process. I often put my headphones on, close my eyes and imagine a story or a picture. I appreciate lofi aesthetic a lot as well. The artists who influenced me the most are Loish, Marta Nael, Sakimichan with her original fantasy art, and Sam Does Art. These four artists have a fantastic understanding of color and lighting, I definitely look up to them.
Do you think NFTs are changing the way we see digital art?
Definitely. I felt for a long time that digital art was not the kind of art that we could find in art galleries. Like if you saw digital art displayed, you would have assumed that it was a print reproduction. Now with NFTs it’s completely different! I think digital art is on its way to be considered as a true Fine Art field in the future, thanks to NFTs. For now, the art community is very divided about NFTs, and not only because of the environmental polemics. I clearly compare this reluctance to how the Impressionist Movement was perceived in the 19th Century. It was so new and they literally broke academic art codes. Same is happening now, and we got to continue to breaking these codes in order to evolve.
Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?
There are so many artists I would love to work with, but if I have to name a few, I would say Shelly Soneja, Caroline Dy, Daniella Doodles, Kitty Bast, Lapin Mignon and Unicity Art. I have two planned collaborations with Surreal Serpentine and Saint Heresy. I am so excited to see what we will do!
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a little drop for Hicetnunc and on a private commission work. I have just finished a project with the Narra Gallery, in collaboration with 11 other artists.
Where can collectors buy your work?
They can find my work on Rarible, Makersplace, Known Origin and Terra Virtua. All my platforms and social links are accessible through my Link Tree.
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