NFT Collector: Giant Swan’s gothic VR dreamscapes… royalty nightmare on OpenSea


From sitting in his automobile crying earlier than work each morning to changing into a profitable digital artist, the story of Australian-based VR painter and sculptor Giant Swan is one in every of persistence, timing and pushing boundaries. 

In a world the place a digital artist can now monetize their work by NFTs versus low cost likes and feedback on Instagram, Giant Swan stands out from the pack, being the primary artist to place a 3D object on-chain and for his really distinctive and immersive items which have captured the eye of collectors all around the globe, together with famend whales akin to j1mmy.eth, Moderats Art and Whale Shark

“For me, crying in the car before work was a lot to do with knowing that you should be somewhere else. I knew I didn’t fit with what I was doing. To be where you suddenly belong, I think, is what every artist is probably striving for in some way,” Giant Swan says. 

After minting his first NFT on Nov. 30, 2019, on Known Origin, Giant Swan caught the preliminary wave of curiosity in digital artwork. He credit the likes of David Moore from Known Origin for serving to him make the leap. 

Dreamlike states 

You can get misplaced viewing Giant Swan’s artwork; the depth of his work usually must be seen to be believed. OG Crypto artist Josie Bellini described it thus: 

“When I look at Giant Swan’s work, you can’t stop thinking, and you start to feel a certain way. I can see the blood, sweat and tears. I can see that he’s put his heart in his canvas and the way that every stroke he builds them in VR. They have so much depth and so much emotion to them.” 

Giant Swan states, “A really simple goal of my art has always been that I want you to experience it and feel like you had a dream, or you have to describe it like you try to describe a dream.” 

To create the artwork he does through VR, the Melbournian from Australia makes use of a PC VR headset and gaming rig, however mentioned a fundamental Meta Quest VR headset may do the job for most individuals. 

“I create art by turning my movement into shapes and color. I do that by wearing a virtual reality headset that places me into an empty void. There’s no roof, there’s no floor, there’s no walls; it’s just endless. That movement can be filled with an endless amount of material shapes, color, density, size, and scale. I feel that until I have a space that I’m happy with,” Giant Swan says. 

Generations by Giant Swan
Generations by Giant Swan (Known Origin)

“From there, I explore that space to see how I can capture a story and share that with other people. I like to make art this way because traditionally, we look at computers of digital art and we judge it by its perfection.”

“It’s the pursuit of perfection we’re hiding or imitating how we look at the world until it’s digital or not. VR art lets us explore imperfection, and in that, it enables a very digital art medium to become one of the most organic digital art forms available. I’d be surprised if you could find someone else who does what I do now.”

Notable gross sales

Rapid-fire Q&A

How would you describe your fashion as an artist?

“I’d like to think that it’s a balanced emotional take on surrealism in art. Really thrash, almost impressionistic kind of take on 3D art. I love to hit gothic notes and symbolism. I like drawing from a lot of things, but I wouldn’t know how to name it. That’s why it’s Giant Swan style. That’s why people can pick me out in the crowd because you can’t put it in a bin.”

Who are the influences on your artwork profession so far?

“I’ve bought a number of influences, however to call just a few. Ashley Wood labored on Tank Girl, which is a unfastened inky comedian e-book fashion. Also Jamie Hewlett, who does all of the imagery behind The Gorillaz and Tank Girl. 

“The Gorillaz were an influence on me in that you used to get their CDs and to get all the extra stuff out of it. You had to put it into your PC but they never said that; you just put the CD in, and you’d explore and find all the cool stuff. It was an experience. That really informs how I see my work. Now I want my work to be experienced.” 

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Is there an up-and-coming artist/s you assume individuals ought to be being attentive to?

“There’s a Melbourne artist named Mysterious Al. He is a muralist that you’ll probably recognize the moment you Google him. He’s an incredible artist.”

Who is a notable collector of yours that makes you smile understanding they personal one in every of your items?

“When I think of people like Pranksy, j1mmy.eth, Josie, Whale Shark, Moderats Art and Deej, it brings a smile. These are all big whales, but they are also entrepreneurs and extremely successful people. They all saw that in me before my works became really expensive.”

What’s your favourite NFT in your pockets that’s not your personal NFT?

“My favorite NFT in my wallet is a pair of shoes for Cryptovoxels that n0shot made. It was so early in the crypto art culture we’d all meet up in Cryptovoxels. That was probably the first time sneaker culture really kind of teased its way into the space.”

What’s scorching elsewhere in NFT artwork markets 

Notable latest gross sales from Tyler Hobbs embrace an Incomplete Control and Fidenza that was bought through Sotheby’s and a pipe Chromie Squiggle that collector DGMD picked up. 

OpenSea in royalty race to the underside

For nearly all of 2023, amid a massacre for NFT assortment costs, the creator royalties dialogue has felt like a race to the underside and OpenSea all however confirmed this with their bulletins {the marketplace} will transfer to non-compulsory creator royalties on secondary gross sales. 

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This unpopular resolution most likely doesn’t come as a shock, nonetheless, with Blur market persevering with to dominate market share. 

From Aug. 31, OpenSea will sundown the filter it launched in November 2022 as a response to Blur and different marketplaces permitting collectors and merchants to bypass creator royalties. At the peak of NFT mania, the difficulty was heralded as the large sport changer in an rising new creator economic system. 

OpenSea announcement on royalties
OpenSea announcement on royalties (X)

The know-how stays the identical, however when the market was booming — for many of 2020 by 2022 — paying out creator royalties together with OpenSea’s 2.5% market price was not often questioned. 

OpenSea CEO and co-founder Devin Finzer mentioned:

“In November 2022, we launched the Operator Filter: a tool designed to give creators more control by restricting the sale of their collections to Web3 marketplaces that enforce creator fees in secondary sales. It was meant to empower creators with greater control over their Web3 business models, but it required the buy-in of everyone in the Web3 ecosystem, and unfortunately that has not happened. So we’re making a few changes to our approach to creator fees.”

There doesn’t appear to be any nice resolution to have the ability to implement royalties with out compromising on true decentralized asset possession, with many having their two cents on the matter, together with OpenSea VC backer Mark Cuban, artists Matt Kane and Beeple and NFT influencer Wale Swoosh

Yuga to the rescue?

Arguably one of the crucial influential voices additionally had its say on the OpenSea announcement, with Yuga Labs — the creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club and the house owners of CryptoPunks, Otherside, Meebits and plenty of different collections — popping out strongly in opposition to OpenSea’s resolution. 

The assertion from CEO Daniel Alegre already has many of the NFT group speculating {that a} Yuga market will launch as a part of the response. 

Yuga statement on OpenSea royalties
Yuga assertion on OpenSea royalties (X)

13-year-old serving to deprived youngsters with Blueberry DAO x Nouns DAO

Evie-Rose - recipient of a new bike with Lilpurpberry.
Evie-Rose – recipient of a brand new bike with Lilpurpberry. (Variety)

In a heartwarming pocket of the NFT panorama, 13-year-old Lilpurpberry from Brisbane has embarked on a philanthropic initiative in collaboration with Variety youngsters’s charity.

Blueberry DAO, backed by funding from Nouns DAO, was created by Lilpurpberry to construct a treasury, together with gross sales of Lilpurpberry’s NFT pixel artwork. The treasury is to help native youngsters’s charities, and Variety was the primary recipient, with funds being channeled to the “Bikes for Kids” program, which delivers model new bikes and helmets to youngsters experiencing drawback who would in any other case miss out. 

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Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford

Greg Oakford is the co-founder of NFT Fest Australia. A former advertising and communications specialist within the sports activities world, Greg now focuses his time on operating occasions, creating content material and consulting in web3. He is an avid NFT collector and hosts a weekly podcast protecting all issues NFTs.

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