Virtual reality painter Anna Zhilyaeva will soon publish her first artwork on the blockchain thanks to a collaboration with SuperRare. The artwork is called ‘Fear the Bull’ and shows a digitally hand painted 3D raging bull. She announced her first art drop on the blockchain in a tweet.
Zhilyaeva has been creating art for three years as a virtual reality artist. She has done live performances during concerts and in museums, mixing her virtual artworks with real locations. Everything she creates is done using an HTC Vive VR headset. Check out her blog for more of her work.
SuperRare already offers different 3D digital sculptures, but the virtual reality art of Zhilyaeva stands out. All her works is handmade using digital tools.
The best way to experience her art, is by being there or through a VR headset. However, there are multiple artists who create 3D art that can also be enjoyed on a screen. ‘Fear the Bull’ will be tokenized on the Ethereum blockchain, and sold to the highest bidder. Thanks to blockchain technology digital art can be traded between users, as crypto art and other digital assets are tokenized and stored in a private wallet. The owner of that wallet is the owner of everything that’s inside there.
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 connects directly with an unique 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 on their phone.
The hype surrounding crypto art also goes beyond the in-crowd. Several artists from ‘outside’ the blockchain space have been showing interest. MakersPlace has already partnered with comic book artist José Delbo, while NiftyGateway sold some original Vandal Gummy artworks. Even Paris Hilton sold a drawing!
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Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but 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 content manager and creator at heart, working on Play to Earn and for a variety of third party magazines and websites.