The Argentinian comic book artist José Delbo is launching new exclusive crypto art this week. On Thursday August 27th he will sell and auction new creations about superheroes fighting COVID-19. These digital collectibles can only be obtained through MakersPlace.
Each of the crypto art by José Delbo are based on superheroes. Both ‘Citizens Unite’ and a collaboration with Primal Cypher are unique artworks. These two are part of a second series by Delbo. His first one-of-a-kind crypto art sold for 27 ETH or $8190.
This Thursday a third artwork will also go on sale. In a mailing MakersPlace teased a piece based on Batgirl. They didn’t reveal how many editions this piece will have. His previous Wonder Woman artwork had 10 editions, and sold for 110 dollars each.
Delbo has worked with DC Comics for many years. He’s best known for his work on Wonder Woman. In addition the 86 year old Argentinian artist worked for Marvel Comics on The Transformers.
Crypto art on the rise
Crypto art is gaining popularity. Platforms like Rarible, Superrare and Knownorigins are thriving. The introduction of blockchain technology allowed digital artists to create unique artworks. Ownership and rarity are now verifiable through the blockchain, creating true value. Last year the crypto art market was good for 559 thousand dollars in trading volume. This was a 115 percent growth compared with the year before.
This year alone Superrare has trade 906 thousand dollars worth of digital art, while Known Origin has 223 thousand dollars in registered trades. If we add the trading volume of these projects together and add newer initiatives like Async Art and Avastars, then there has been 2.25 million dollars in trading volume this year so far. Read more about major trends in the NFT market.
What is crypto art?
Crypto art or digital art has been around for many years. However, without the existence of blockchain technology it was impossible to verify authenticity and rarity. Now digital art is connected to a token on the Ethereum blockchain. That way buyers can see how many copies of a certain artwork there are, and whether the product is original.
The concept of seeing a digital image as art, is one thing. However, for many people it will be a challenge to consider digital images as valuable. Consider this: The Mona Lisa is worth many millions of dollars. If I would paint the Mona Lisa in an exact copy, it would be worth only 50 dollars. Because we all know where the original version is. Being able to verify the authenticity and rarity of a piece of art is crucial.
Some people don’t care about the Mona Lisa. It’s just a painting. They are happy to download an image for Google Images, print it on canvas and hang it in their living room. Others want the real deal. The same rules go up for digital crypto art. Some people want to original one, others are happy with a copy screencapped on their phone.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast, but above all he’s a father and husband who moved to another country in 2014. One year later he got in touch with crypto, and the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a communication consultant for blockchain start-ups and writes not only for Play to Earn, but also other dapp websites and tech magazines.