The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: 9 common wallet hacking tricks and 10 tactics to defend against hackers

Have you ever had the experience that you lost Ethereum or NFTs in your MetaMask wallet without your notice?

As NFTs are getting more and more popular these days, it seems that the number of NFT-related hacking troubles are increasing every day. In this article, we listed up some of the most common virtual currency wallet hacking methods. We help this will give you clearer understanding on how your wallet could be compromised as well as some tips on how to prevent it!

Virtual currency wallet hacks are becoming more common.


Most NFT-related problems are probably losing your assets in your wallet due to hacking. In most cases, the assets in the wallet were stolen without notice, even though the password or seed phrase was not given to anyone.

Since virtual currency wallets can be held and managed anonymously, it is unlikely that the perpetrator can be identified once the virtual currency or NFT has been stolen. Therefore, it is necessary to make an utmost effort to avoid being victimized before a tragedy happens to you.

Common hacking methods

Let’s take a look at some of the most common hacking methods in practice.

1. Leaking seed phrase, password, or private keys.


This is the most typical one we should beware. They fish you with messages like “We will give away NFTs or virtual currencies to a few people randomly chosen, so please fill out your information” and then ask you for your seed phrase and password. This is especially targetted to beginners who do not understand the importance of the seed phrase and more likely to pass it to someone untrustable.

The scammers often use messages like below:

  • Please share your wallets so we can collaborate!
  • Your account has been compromised! To protect it, please tell us your password!
  • I want to buy your NFT directly! I need your seed phrase!
  • I’m inviting you to and I need your seed phrase!

Please note no collaboration, no NFT purchase or no Foundation invite will ever require your seed phrase or password!

2. Fake MetaMask app.


The another common scam is fake MetaMask app.

Make sure to download it from the official website, and also be sure to check the URL when jumping to its official website.

3. Fake fake websites.


Not only the fake MetaMask, many fake marketplaces and fake websites have been created one after another. Accessing to these fake websites immediately risk you that your wallet will be compromised or spyware will be sent to you. Do not access them for your curiosity.

The following fake sites are particularly famous.

  • Fake Opensea
  • Fake Foundation
  • False Rarible
  • Fake Google Drive
  • Fake Dropbox

Also, do not open any suspicious URLs you receive from strangers.

4. Fake MetaMask support tricks.

Many people have been tricked into giving their personal information to a fake MetaMask support account.

All accounts without official validation mark are fakes!

The number of accounts pretending to be official MeteMask support has been increasing and disappearing repeatedly, and to matter of tricky, some of them have more followers than official accounts, making it difficult to distinguish one from another.

When a wallet-related error occurs, you might post a message on Twitter saying “I’m having an error like this, if anyone knows anything about it please text me!”, these fake MetaMasks will promptly give you replies or direct messages. You might be tempted to tell them your seed phrase because you are worried about the error and you are relieved to see a support account that responds quickly, but please hold back.

There are also cases that they do not directly ask for phrases, but cleverly lead you to spyware URLs. Make sure you never deal with them.

5. Fake emails

Please carefully check the sender’s domain. This sender is although the correct domain is Obviously fake Foundation notification.

In addition to fake websites and URLs, fake emails are also commonly seen. Scammers are imitating well-known services such as MetaMask, OpenSea, Foundation, etc., and sending out fakes emails to targeted newbie creators.

The typical contents of the emails are often as follows.

  • Your work has been sold!
  • Your account has been compromised!
  • Our terms of Use have been changed. Actions required!

The best practice to tell the difference from a real site is to check the domain of the email senders’ addresses. For example, Opensea uses “” domain. Foundation uses “” or “” domain. Any email address using any other domain should be assumed to be fake.

6. Fake SMS.

Fake SMS is just as annoying as email, or even more so, because you can’t check the domain name of the sender.

If you suddenly receive an SMS without SMS verification by yourself, it is almost likely to be a fake.

7. Fake Offers.

Oh, he is in a navy suit and tie and kinda looks like a rich business person! And he just directly asked me to work for some deign project, wow! But do not trust him before you carefully check who he is.

If you are an artist, you’re always happy when your work is appreciated, and you’re even more excited when you’re asked to create a logo, illustration, or video work for paid projects. However, in the NFT world, you should always keep yourself calm.

I recently got a direct message on twitter from a stranger. The sender said, “Your work is great! We’d love to have you design our logo for paid partnership!” and sent me a suspicious URL as a project resource package. You might be tempted to trust them if their avatars or profile pictures look convincing, but you might notice that he does not have many past tweets or many followers or long account history enough to tell you that he is legit.

If you still think he might be legit, try asking him to give his company email address and let you contact him back. Do not open any resources by him before you make sure he is 100% legit.

8. Spyware


Unlike the cases previously discussed, this one is not very traceable. Be careful of websites where spyware is likely to be hidden, such as illegal video download websites, as well as informative sites for NFT artists.

NFT artists often get targeted by many hackers with most progressive hacking methods. At the very least, deploy anti-virus software and filters to avoid stepping on suspicious websites.

9. Connected devices compromised


Even if you pay attentionto your PC which is dedicated for NFT management, you cannot eliminate the risk of your passwords being leaked if your smartphone or sub-PC connected to the same network or social account is infected with spyware. Also, if you put seed phrases and passwords in your shared folders or online drives that are hacked through one of your devices, those private information might be already leaked.

If you want to do your best, we recommend that you completely separate your NFT PC from the rest of your devices, by completely separating networks, and that you do not share any social accounts among your devices. If this sounds too much for you, at least make sure that you don’t put your MetaMask passwords on somewhere online.

How to prevent

We have discussed a variety of scams, but no single method can prevent all of them. You should make multiple efforts to protect your wallet by combining different methods.

  • Do not share your seed phrases, passwords, or private keys with others.
  • Access only to official websites and apps.
  • Make sure the website URL is correct.
  • Make sure the domain of the email address is correct.
  • Do not open URLs sent from unknown senders.
  • Do not immediately trust someone offers you sketchy projetcs.
  • Do not visit suspicious sites on a regular basis.
  • Do not put passwords on online drives.
  • Separate networks.
  • Always stay calm and do not get excited much enough to lose your cool judgement.

Keep these ten commandments in your mind, and have a safe creator life!

Announcement: Winner of the NFTX New Logo Design Competition

Happy new year artists!

On our latest campaign NFTX × Foundation Design Competition #1 – WE NEED OUR NEW LOGO, we have received more than 30 submissions! Thanks all of you, for your participation in this competition!

After we had a thorough review on every single submission, all the submitted artworks and messages, we finally chose the winner who will achieve an opportunity to get promoted on our platform and a Foundation invite.

Read moreAnnouncement: Winner of the NFTX New Logo Design Competition

Foundation: How to Create Your Own Collection and How to Migrate Your NFTs to Your Collection #1

So, yesterday we have been notified that Foundation has officially deployed their new “Collection” function. By this, now every artist on Foundation can create their own collection separate from the general Foundation marketplace collection and can start minting their NFTs under their collection.

This is much more than that you can put an outstanding “label” on your series of NFTs. Let’s see what differences this will make!

Custom contract will get your NFTs on another level!

If you have minted your works on Opensea with their “Lazy-minting” system, probably you are all aware of the terms “shared contract”. If your NFTs are minted by shared contract, the gas fee is very small, but technically your NFTs don’t have their own independent contracts = IDs on the blockchain.

Some say this is not a big matter but there are also some arguments that NFTs minted by contracts are very difficult to proof the owner once it gets out of the original marketplace, therefore they are less likely to be collected, or listed for secondary market.

The existing contracts on Foundation are not actually the “shared” one. But if you check the detail of the contract of your NFTs on, you notice that the NFTs are shown as “FND token”. The new function will allow your NFTs to be completely away from this tattoo, and you can have your own symbol on them instead.

Collection organize your listings in fabulous way!

Well, we have not mentioned specifically about the collection function itself. Yes can see there are already some artists who created their own collections and you notice that their artist page is very much organized beautifully!

Yes, aesthetically if you have your own collection it would look much better than just exhibiting random NFTs in the same page. Especially if you have series, brand or any kind of shared category common in your NFTs, this performs 100% aesthetics on your account.

These are the general overviews of the new function on Foundation! We will soon write an article about instructions of how to create your collection and how to mint your NFTs under your collection. Stay connected!

Updated in August 2022: A Complete Comparison of Major NFT Marketplaces – Fees, Features, Functions and Market Sizes

As there are many NFT marketplaces, you probably wonder which platforms you should join as your main market. Cost you need to care, supporting file format, the market size… and so on, there are several things you need to compare one to another. Especially when it comes to discussion on the gas fees, even official FAQs on the marketplaces don’t have clear guidance. So, let’s compare major 9 NFT marketplaces and clarify the pros and cons for each of them to find the perfect platform for you to start with! If you are too lazy to read this 5-minute article, skip everything and go to the very bottom. You can find a quick comparison chart and hopefully it gives you instant input!

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Open Market

So, Let’s look start from open markets. NFT marketplaces can be divided into two categories: open marketplaces that anyone can freely join as creators and closed marketplaces which allows only invited users to register as creators. Although open marketplaces have less “premium” values compared to exclusive platforms, everyone goes through the minting and listing steps in the open market first, and then build their careers as NFT artists to get ready to be invited to closed platforms would be the ideal route.

1. Opensea

Reference source: Opensea

Out of the many monster NFT marketplaces, Opensea is definitely the most giant with the long history since 2017. The platform has been boasting the largest number of registered creators and considered to be the first choice for NFT starters as well. Opensea supports a variety of file formats, including image, video, 3D as well as other type of physical or non-physical assets.

Although quite a lot of gas fee will be charged at the first contract, from your 2nd NFT minting, you will not be asked to pay any more gas fees every time when you mint. So, compared to the other pricing systems, Opeansea is relatively friendly to independent artists’ wallets. The commission fee taken by Opensea is 2.5% of sales.

Only a negative side is due to too many registered creators your NFT listings will get less engagement compared to other closed communities. The platform allows collectors to search NFTs by keywords, however, it would not be easy to happen, they will discover your work out of millions of listings. Overall, Opensea will be one of the best choices for you if you can promote your works by yourself on social media.

These days, by using Polygon network, creators can mint NFTs for $0 although there are comparably less collectors. This is probably a new gateway of budget NFT minting for those who do not afford the normal Ethereum based NFT services.

Pros: Largest market & longest history, Large choices of supported format, No gas fee charge from the 2nd listing

Cons: Too many creators and hard to get discovered

Visit Opensea:


Although its history is shorter than Opensea, starting since 2020, Rarible is also one of the most reliable large NFT marketplaces, which allows creators to mint NFTs on Rarible’s original token called “RARI” as well as ERC721. The supported format type is image, video and audio.

The characteristic feature of Rarible is its own token “RARI”. This can be consumed not only to sell or buy NFTs on the platform, but also to propose or vote on proposals for improvements, moderate community members, curate features artworks and promote members by proposing community or art grants. So it basically functions like a kind of virtual “stock” to allow users to participate in the platform management.

Like Opensea, you are asked to pay initial contract gas fee, as well as separated minting and listing fees each time you attempt to sell your works Since late 2021, they offer “Gas-less minting” for artists, so now you can mint your works with no initial gas fees! This is the main reason why Rarible artists are often more likely to lament over finance. The service fee taken by rarible is 2.5%, same as the other platforms.

The platform is undoubtedly very popular, as the UI of the page is both collector and creator friendly and you will have more chance to discover your favorite artworks or get discovered by your potential patrons.

Pros: Large market, Original RARI token, User-friendly website design

Cons: Too many creators and hard to g-time gas payment required

Visit Rarible:

3. Mintable


Mintable is also an emerging giant NFT marketplace (I would call Opensea, Rarible and Mintable as the Big 3) and it would be the best option for you if you especially have a concern on gas fee payment. Unlike the other platforms, Mintable is the marketplace where you can mint and list your items completely with no gas payment!

When you sign up an account and jump to minting page of the platform, you can choose either “Traditional” or “Gasless” method. While the Traditional method offers you a full feature for minting with some gas fee required, the Gasless option lets you mint your works without any network fee (by this option, your NFT will not appear in your wallet until someone buys it). Although 5% service fee will be charged by Mintable after the sale, you are free from any gas fee and you don’t need to pay at all throughout the process unless your work is sold out!

They support only image, video and 3D files so it might not be the best platform for musicians and Audio NFT creators, but attaching an image or a video along with the audio to get formatted in MP4 will completely solve this.

Pros: Gasless option

Cons: Audio file is not supported

Visit Mintable:

4. Zora

Another emerging platform – Zora, might be a future alternative platform for creators and collectors. On this platform, you can get out of the ERC721’s network and alternatively mint your works on ERC20 by choice, so you can discover many NFTs are traded in different currencies such as USDT and WETH (Wrapped ETH).

The reason to use Zora is not only about this contracting side. At the moment Zora declares that they don’t charge any service fee from users. Still, you need to pay gas fees, but this could be an affordable marketplace if your NFTs are likely to get sold and don’t need to pay commission to Zora.

Uniquely, a wide range of file format is supported, including Psd (Adobe Photoshop) and Ai (Illustrator), as well as text. If you are intrigued something new and unique, why don’t you sign up Zora?

Pros: No service fee, Large choices of supported format

Cons: The number of users (collectors) is still small

Visit Zora:

5. hicetnunc


DISCLAIMER: Hicetnunc is discontinued and no official support is active anymore.

Here is another unique NFT platform! Hicetnunc has been explosively getting popular in the latest couple of months upon the growing demand for alternative currencies under the concern on ETH’s high gas fee. On hicetnunc, all NFTs are traded in Tezos (XTZ). Thanks to its remarkable low gas fee, although the gas fee is needed for minting, creators are not asked to pay even more than one dollar to mint an NFT. While the commission by hicetnunc is 2.5%, you will pay almost $0 any network fee!

The reason why the gas fee for Tezos is overwhelmingly lower than Ether is because of the different types of smart contract, so Tezos can process the NFT related operation with much less energy consumption (and this is why Tezos and hicetnunc is considered more eco-friendly).

On Zora, an extensive range of file formats can be uploaded (including ZIP! This technically allows you to mint “any” files). Although Tezos is not a major currency yet and the population of Tezos users is still in the midst of long way growing, but as you can see more and more #hicetnunc hashes are tweeted day by day, it will probably soon happen hicetnunc comes to be one of the giant platforms.

Pros: Inexpensive gas fee, Large choices of supported format, Currenty in trend

Cons: Tezos is not major yet

Visit hicetnunc:

Closed Market

Okay, so for artists who have sold well in those markets and are ready to step forward, let me showcase some closed and more “premium” platforms. All of 4 marketplaces below require you to either get invited by another existing user, or pass some rigorous auditions.

6. Foundation

How to get invited as a creator on Foundation?

Foundation is probably the most accessible and populated closed marketplace. Officially launched in Feb 2021, the fame of Foundation has rapidly grown and now thousands of creators are already invited and registered. The invite codes are often give away on Twitter to eminent and unique artists, or sometimes traded for money or NFT! Along with the invitation chain, Foundation has been running “Community Upvote” system, which gives a chance for artists to vote each other and the top 50 artists with the highest votes can enter the community as creators. We wrote about basic tips on how to get a Foundation invite on our previous article 5 + 1 Essential Tips to Grab a Foundation Creator Invite, so please visit for more useful information.

Obviously, the advantage of taking part in Foundation is tremendous for its “grade”. If you are Foundation registered creator, collectors will know you are in such grade and your works are more likely to deserve high value. Although the commission charge by Foundation is 15%, larger than the open markets, and the gas fee is also remarkably high (as well as minting and listing fee, creators are asked to pay the auction settlement fee!), it would pay off the value you get as a Foundation creator.

The platform design is still basic and has a significant difficulty for artists to get discovered, unless they are featured by Foundation curators, as the website itself has no keyword search engine and technically no one cannot organically discover your art. Although it is still under improvement, promoting themselves should be inevitable for artists. Currently only JPG, PNG and MP4 are supported (Audio, AR and 3D are coming soon).

Pros: Accessible, Premium

Cons: Expensive, No organic keyword search option equipped

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7. Makersplace

Makersplace is another “premium” platform which is less accessible than Foundation. This is because Makersplace is not based on community invitation system and the only way to join in Markersplace is to submit your profile and portfolio to Makersplace as an audition. If you successfully pass the audition and officially got an invitation from Makersplace, you will immediately be able to mint your works on there.

The audition process works relatively smooth and you will most likely to be let wait for more than a couple of months. If you want to get into any exclusive platforms, probably the best plan is submitting your portfolio to Makerspace and meanwhile asking around Foundation invites.

The pricing is more reasonable than Foundation, as you only need to pay gas fee once per minting, and the commission charge is 15%. The supported format is JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF and MP4.

Pros: Premium, Audition doesn’t take very long

Cons: No Community Invitation System

Visit: Makersplace

8. SuperRare


SuperRare is an exclusive NFT platform operated by PIXURA Inc, since 2018. Although it has been more accessible and open platform in the early period of NFT, as NFT cultures has got more and ore popular it has come to more exclusive and closed community these days.

So today, you need to apply for the creator invitation by submitting your profile and portfolios, and to make matters more painstaking, you also need to submit your 1 minute application video to capture your self-introduction. The application is not always reviewed in one or two months after submission, but it often takes longer. This is why SuperRare is “beyond premium”. So, if you are successfully on SuperRare, you shouldn’t hesitate to boast your profile to collectors.

The gas fee and the commission fees are almost same as Makersplace, but SuperRare also charges buyers 3% transaction fee as well as charging creators 15% commission per NFT sale. JPEG, PNG, GIF and MP4 are supported.

Pros: Super Premium!

Cons: Very difficult to join

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9. Nifty Gateway

Nifty Gateway

Last but not least, Nifty gateway is historically one of the most well-known NFT marketplace, where some big names Beeple, Michael Kagan, Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 have pioneered the NFT culture! Like other exclusive platforms, to get a creator invite, you need to apply from the invitation request form and go through the audition.

While the service fee charged by Nifty Gateway has been recently increased to 20%, but you can think it is still reasonable if you can stand alongside Beeple and other prominent NFT legends in the same artist list, can’t you?

As an artist, you can mint image files, such as JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 video file.

Pros: Super Premium!

Cons: Very difficult to join

Visit Nifty Gateway:

So, now are you ready to choose one to start?

As explained, each marketplace has different pricing, market size, supporting file formats and platform designs. If you want to go for the cheaper option, probably Minatable or hicetnunc would be ideal. If you want to start with the largest market, Opensea would be recommended. Depends on your business style.

For closure, here is the summarized chart of the comparison of the 9 platforms discussed. I hope this will encourage you to get your first step into the amazing NFT world!

Comparison chart of 9 major NFT marketplaces. Hope this helps you instant understanding!

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Foundation – How to Get Invited? How to Get Activated as a Creator? – Account Registration Steps: NFT Beginner’s Guide

This article explains how to register your account and mint your NFTs on Foundation ( Please jump to the bottom if you want to skip the general and fundamental instructions and are in haste to get invited as a creator on Foundation.

Why Is Foundation Recommended?

We recommend Foundation the best out of other dozens of NFT marketplaces for following reasons.

  • NFTs get sold easier than other marketplaces
  • NFTs get higher bids than other marketplaces
  • Because the platform is invitation-only basis, there are less competitors and more chance to be collected.

The most characteristic feature of Foundation is of course the invitation-only system. Only artists who are invited by the existing creators already on Foundation can activate themselves as creators on Foundation and are eligible to mint their NFTs. Therefore if you are on Foundation and mint your work there, your NFTs have some sorts of “premium” value that let your NFTs get collected more easily for greater price.

This is why invitation for Foundation has been often considered as “a golden ticket”.

In other words, getting invited is not so easy and you will need some effort if you don’t have acquaintances who are already on Foundation. So get yourself connected to artist communities for your mission in the early NFT journey.

We also explained the major ways to get invited for Foundation in this article so please take some time to drop by if you are interested.

How to use Foundation

Okay, now let me explain how to use Foundation! In this article, mainly the process of account registration will be discussed.

Account Registration Steps

1. Connect to Metamask

Your Foundation account needs to be connected to your Metamask wallet, as well as other marketplaces accounts. It would be better to set up your Foundation account with your Metamask prior to invitation, although you can create a Foundation account after you receive the invitation too.

Go to and click “Connect Wallet” on the right top.

The message “Connect Your Wallet” pops up. Then click “MetaMask” and you will see the Metamask popup window. Follow the instruction as the popup message leads you.
After all the process including signature, now you completed account setup on Foundation and connecting Metamask. Now you are able to edit your profile information and images from “Edit Profile” button.

2. Accept invitation and activate yourself as a creator

At this point, you are not registered as a creator on Foundation yet and you are not eligible to mint or list your NFTs on Foundation marketplace. You are now only registered as a collector. In order to start minting your NFTs, accept invitation and complete the creator account activation.

Open the link from your “inviter” and you will see the message above. Click “Accept Invite” button and you will jump to the profile edit page.

Now you are invited!
For activation, you are asked to verify your Twitter account and connect it to your Foundation account. This is an essential step to enable your account to mint NFTs. Proceed by clicking “Verify Twitter” button.

The system will let you post a tweet with your ID (wallet address).
After you post the tweet, do not forget to copy the URL of the tweet.

Back to Foundation edit page, you will see a section to paste the copied link. Once the verification process is completed, you will see the your Twitter account name in the Twitter verification section. Now all the process for creator activation is done!

Did you go though these all smoothly? Our next article will give you instructions for minting process on Foundation.

Note about Foundation invites

Although you might sometimes see artists or internet services are selling Foundation invites on Twitter or Discord, you are not officially allowed to sell or buy invites. But there is a trick for you! If you hire NFT minting outsource services, you will be able to create and list your NFTs on Foundation without creator invitation. If you are eager to sell your NFTs on Foundation, it’s worth a visit to NFT minting outsource service.

All the best to your NFT creation!

7 Boring Art Themes Collectors Never Want to Buy – The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists

In the previous article, we discussed on what kind of creative works can be NFT art. So this time, let’s look on what kind of art you’d better not to create.

As an NFT artist, being strategic and has a marketing scope is important as much as purely pursuing the beauty of art. However, if you go excessively towards commercialism and follow commercial trends instead of building up your own art style, you will definitely fail in unsuccessful career building in the NFT market. So, let’s look on the typical 7 boring art themes and styles which collectors never want to pay for or never wants to collect even for free! If your art pieces apply to any of the following 7, either you are too lazy to have your own creative idea or simply you are lacking in talent (no offense, and I hope you have been just too lazy).

Note: I would not mean to say all works in the following styles have no value. There are of course many works with additional originality and I do love them a lot!

1. Symbol of Ether (Bitcoin or Tezos)

This is one of the most “basic” art theme that artists often adopt in their works when they have no idea on where to start their creation. Yes, having Ether symbol in your art is very convenient. With this, you can easily create a digital art which is at least related to cryptocurrency so thus NFT, without any effort of creating your own story.

Of course, there should be works with a meaningful Ether symbol, with a dramatic background story, I guess. But 99% is not. Sometimes they alternatively use Bitcoin or Tezos, depending on platforms or contexts, but this is basically the same. I recommend you using these crypto symbols in your art only when you are confident to tell the story behind or when you are confident to say you have added originality more than enough on it.

2. CryptoPunks (Bored Apes, or Pepe) Derivatives

Note: I don’t mean to fool this NFT in public. I personally love this work and have a permission to use in the article by the original creator.

Well, I would say the CryptoPunks was great and epoch-making. I fully understand the value of the aesthetics and minimalism of the 24 x 24 pixel art, yes. But these values apply to the original only.

Cynically, since the original CryptoPunks has built the record sales, many artists follow the style and created a great number of derivatives. I wouldn’t say they are copies, rather they are derivatives, as I admit that they are not copyright thieves but artists who followed the way of legend.

But as you can see, most of the derivatives are looking almost the same as the original CryptoPunks. Nothing new, nothing interesting. Who would buy them?

Of course, there are some brilliant works in CryptoPunks style with new ideas, but if you have your own creative idea, you’d better not to follow this style to get labelled as a “basic” artist.

3. Doge

Doge itself has a funny story, but how about NFT works with Doge in them? Are any of them ever funnier than the Doge itself?

This is a very common theme that thousands of artists are choosing to create, but if you want to take part in the trend and create something with Doge, you should note that this creation has a high risk to degrade your career as an artist.

Doge is one of the final weapon that artists would take when they fall into a terrible slump of idea creation. You might still have another tactic to take, before you exhibit your mediocrity in public.

4. Elon’s Portrait

Needless to say, it’s not interesting at all. Not new, not creative, not valuable, but sadly thousands of artists are creating art with Elon’s face with them. Why do you need to use Elon as the main actor in your story? Would he tell your story of art in effective way? Why don’t you create your own character to perfectly convey the story of your art?

Obviously, artworks with Elon’s portrait have no story behind. They might have a bit of superficial item descriptions, but you will get no meaningful drama from that.

Maybe, in a small chance, there are a certain people who wanted to express their love, anger or any types of emotion against Elon through their works, but you should note another thing, that it still has a risk of portrait rights infringement. Selling pictures of someone’s face (no matter how famous they are) without permission is basically prohibited by laws. Even though Elon is unlikely to sue against every single NFT, If you are an artist, please learn the basic laws about copyrights and portrait rights.

5. Trading Cards

The idea that a virtual 3D-looking trading card is spinning in virtual space is indeed quite interesting. But now too many artists are creating this kind of NFT works and there are no longer characteristic variations anymore.

The problem is, artists have been too lazy to think up a good idea of what content they should put into the cards, because the spinning card frame itself can look satisfying to them already. Through the creation, artists unfortunately tend to go blind and lose their ability to evaluate the quality of the art. This is why collectors think the trading card NFTs are all looking the same and they often skip those items.

To matter of worse, there are often combo of battle cards & Doge or Elon…

6. Invisible Property

Last week you were probably surprised to hear an invisible sculpture by Italian artist Salvatore Garau was sold for $18,300 and this brought up a controversy. Some people admire this as a sophisticated progressive art and others mention the idea is already old and it is nothing but “nothing”. Well, here let’s put this discussion aside, but now what I would like to say is that even a famous artist did not sell his invisible work without receiving negative comments so how can small artists sell invisible works peacefully?

Sadly, there are some artists or dreamers who are trying to sell invisible or excessively conceptual art (such as one-pixel art) but here is an advice, it looks easy, but it would never be easy to get the instant million bucks without lifetime story building.

Last but not least, actually the most importantly, as a creator, you need to thoroughly understand copyright laws but unfortunately there are many amateurs who don’t recognize copyrights sincerely or deliberately ignore. You cannot steal someone’s creative idea which is protected by copyright laws, including other artists’ materials and branded characters. Typically, copyright infringement commonly found in the NFT world is such as Nintendo’s yellow electric rat or the world most famous “Mouse” character.

If you create and sell NFTs with these copyrighted characters, you might get sued by the right holders in quite large odds. Even if not, sensible collectors will never pay for taking such risk. If you already made any, I highly recommend deleting all of them as soon as possible and clear your contaminated career by revising your portfolios and any online information about your artist page.

Create Your Own Ideas!

Learning from pioneers is essential for inspiring yourself, but following someone’s style is not always a great idea for your own brand building. If you have your own creative idea, keep sticking at it and you will get connected to right collectors sooner or later.

5 + 1 Essential Tips to Grab a Foundation Creator Invite

If you have been in the NFT market for more than a couple of month, you must know very much about Foundation (FND) or at least you have heard of it. Foundation is one of the most prominent invitation-only NFT platforms so not open to everyone, this makes emerging artists so enthusiastic to grab Foundation invites – the only limited number of golden tickets! So, for those who are running on all the long way struggles, hopefully this article will help to increased the chance to get invited to FND!

Why is Foundation So Great?

Foundation is one of the hottest invitation-only marketplaces.

In case you are very new to this culture and still don’t understand why so many artists are looking for invitation to Foundation, let’s start with a quick explanation on why being a creator on Foundation is so admired.

Invitation system has been successfully performing for lifting up the fame of Foundation, as it allows only eminent artists to join the community as creators, which maintain the overall platform quality. Unlike Opeasea or Rarible, where everyone (including even spams or other non-artist business marketers) can register and list works, Foundation is a haven for mesmerizing creative collections. So, we can say the invitation system is working as a quality filter.

On Foundation, collectors are highly motivated to by NFTs as you have greater chance to find your favorite art on this sophisticated platform, compared to other open markets. This means, if you are a creator on Foundation, you will more likely to sell your NFTs.

NFTs on Foundation often get the record-high bids for more than $ 1 millon USD.

You also note that sales value often goes very high on Foundation. We got thunder shock surprised when Edward Snowben’s Stay Free NFT raised 2,224 ETH (values $5.4 million USD on 17 April) and this is the forth highest-selling NFT of all time as of April 2021. We are recently amazed again by Itzel Yard’s Dreaming at Dusk NFT reached 500 ETH ($2 million USD on 20th May) which is historically the highest female artist’s NFT as of May 2021. These might be a mere dream only for one in a million, but there are many other NFT works which are collected for more than 10 ETH.

Also, any sales on Foundation, or even only being a creator on Foundation, will decorate you with an honored medal. So once you are on Foundation, you look greater, more appealing and convincing to collectors and this will lead to your sales on different platforms as well.

How to Get Invited?

Sounds very fascinating right? But it’s not so easy to get the invites out of a flooding number of enthusiastic artists. Invitation is only sent by creators who are already on Foundation and sold their works. There is no other way (except community upvote). If you want to get invited, you need to get connected with one of them and appeal you creativity to make them feel like inviting and welcoming you as a new member of Foundation. So Let’s look on some tips to take the lead in the competitive invites-begging race.

1. React to “Shill Your Work” Tweets

Twitter is a giant tool for all NFT creators and this is the most common and basic tactics to appeal your creativity to existing FND artists. There is a trend: when FND artists have sold their first work and get a few invite codes available, they often start invite giveaway campaign on twitter by tweeting like, “I sold my first piece and got some Foundation invites Shill me your work and I will choose one to invite!”. As this works for the organic growth of the number of registered users on Foundation, probably majority of the artists have got invited in this way, by reacting to those tweets.

The rule is very simple, you basically only need to shill (show) your NFT art in a reply to the original tweet and sometimes they ask you to do some extra (typically retweet and follow). So what we would recommend is, keep yourself updated by some trend search with hashtags like #Foundationapp and #FoundationInvite and react to as many tweets as you can.

2. Show Your Portfolio

To stand out, not only does a catchy artwork draw their attention. If you have any social media accounts, business accounts, homepages or other NFT marketplace accounts, shill them! Artists often put their Linktree link in their Twitter profile to make it easier to browse their artist profiles and portfolios. Preparing a website to exhibit your own works as well as your self-introduction as an artist and connecting it to Linktree, This would give a magnificent professional image on you as an NFT artist.

3. Make Yourself Look Bigger

Well, if you are a newly born artist and don’t have many to show off, then go with this one. Theoretically on social media, the more followers you get, the bigger name you appear to have. If you are the one who has invites, you probably choose to get more famous creators being connected to you on Foundation, rather than small names.

As Rome was not built in a day, normally it takes history to create a Twitter account with 1000+ followers. But as you already know it while being in the waiting line of FND invites, tweets with some trend hashtags often get engagements by many and it helps to trigger a great chance to rapidly grow the social media followers. Our previous article The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Get Connected to Your Potential Patrons describes some strategic tips to gain your followers quickly.

It’s also good to get connected with curators (LIKE US!) and let them exhibit your NFT works on their platforms, so that you can be confident to show your portfolios with external links (FYI, if you would love to exhibit and promote your NFTs, submit your works from our Submission Page!).

4. Don’t Disturb Artists Too Much

You are now gradually understanding that strategic uses of Twitter is a powerful dream catcher for FND invites. But you need to be aware that impertinent action on Twitter might be considered as a harassment and let you miss the boat! If you are trying to directly contact to some of the FND creators by direct message even though you are not followed by them, don’t to that.

It might have worked couple of months ago, but now too many users are rudely asking a limited number of invites so the artists are unwilling to communicate with those, rather it possibly encourages them to report your action to Twitter or Foundation for harmful attitude. Obviously this would degrade yourself and does not make any good to your career.

5. Connected with Foundation Discord Channel

In Foundation Discord channel, you can interact with artists, collectors and Foundation managers in many purposes.

If you want more fields to appeal yourself to FND artists out of Twitter, take part in their Discord community. Foundation is officially running a community Discord channel where creators, collectors and emerging artists who are waiting for invites can join, discuss and get inspired by each other.

If you are not a gamer Discord is not very familiar to you but it is a mainly chat-based online communication tool. In the Foundation Discord channel, FND artists are allowed to shill their NFTs as well as having a discussions on some technological topics, while also the non-invited artists can communicate with the FND artists under their guidelines and learn some topics each other.

Also you can find useful resources in the channel, such as breaking news, technical updates and report of server error. So if you are an NFT artist who wants to join in FND, keep yourself posted by subscribing it.

Extra: Our Foundation Invites Capsule Toy

There is a great news for you! We are offering a brand-new campaign called “Foundation Invites Capsule Toy“! This capsule toy (a.k.a. Gacha) randomly drops Foundation invites in a small proportion. Of course this won’t charge you at all, but it only gives our exhibition’s partnered artists more chances to get exposed.

This is supported by the donation system, as Foundation creator’s kindness helps us to operate this system. As soon as we receive Foundation invites donations from artists, we add the invites to this capsule toy. The odds are very small, like 1 in 1,000, but we hope we still have at least a great chance for you.

Again, this service is completely non-profit and you will never be asked to pay anything. Please feel free to play the toy and find what other artists create, and if you are very lucky, you will get invited to Foundation!

Go Easy and Spare Your Time for Creation

Now 5 (and an extra) tips are given to you, but my final advise for you is, go easy and spare your time for creation rather than sticking to a Twitter timeline whole day. It cannot be more painstaking if you are sending lots of replies to random artists and have got no invite after all. As well as being strategic on the social media side, cherish your time and energy to fuel your creativity and make new beautiful works. This may be the standard, but also the most effective way to reach out an FND invite.

The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: How to Set the Right Gas Price and Gas Limit for Minting NFT

When you are at the minting stage for the first time, you probably notice that you may manually set the two parameters “Gas Price” and “Gas Limit” to determine the Gas Fee. Can we set those amounts as low as possible? Unfortunately, no. If we set the mount too low, your minting will not go successful due to errors, or might take forever to mint only a single image file.

So, let me concisely explain what Gas Price and Gas Limit are and what they do.

Gas Price

When you ask the Ethereum block chain to proceed your request, you need to pay some fees for miners on the network. This fee is called Gas Fee and this is calculated as Gas Price x Gas Amount (We previously explained the overview about Gas Fee in the article The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Budget Plan for Minting an NFT).

So Gas Price is one of the factors that determines the final amount that you need to pay, and you might already know that Gas Price is always changing dynamically along with how busy the network is. The thing is, although the standard price is shown by Metamask, you are able to customize the Gas Price as you like.

On Metamask Basic tab, three options are provided.

When you open “Customize Gas”, you notice there are three price options labelled Slow, Average and Fast. It shows the higher price you pay, the shorter time you will take to mint your NFT.

An example of Gas Price shown on Etherscan. Three standard prices are shown.

And these price options are synchronized with Etherscan’s Gas Price chart too. So you can know what is the standard price as of now.

Customizing Gas Price

You can choose one of the three options, but also need to note that the “Slow” option might take several hours sometimes. So what I suggest you is, set more specific values manually by yourself.

On Metamask Advanced tab, you can set the values manually.

So, open the “Advanced Tab” instead of Basic one on Metamask and you will find the two windows where you set the value. Here you can name your Gas Price as low as possible until a message “Gas Price Extremely Low” comes up.

When the alert “Gas Price Extremely Low” is shown up, you might take more than a few hours to mint your NFT at the price.

“Extremely Low Price” alert is an indicator that you should not go further low otherwise your minting might take more than a few hours. So the best value that we recommend you to name is, just one or two Gwei higher than this threshold. It typically takes only a few minutes so you would have an affordable transaction as well as acceptably speedy processing.

Gas Limit

Then, you might wonder what value you should put in the “Gas Limit” tab. Although you can manually set Gas Limit you like, we strongly recommend you to leave it unchanged from the suggested value.

Gas Limit is a maximum gas amount that you permit the network to consume for minting your NFT. If the network use gas more than the limit you set, the minting process will immediately fail and ultimately you might waste your money minting nothing.

Gas consumption varies depending on the transaction and it does not always consume the 100% maximum amount that you set. So to make your transaction smooth and to avoid unnecessary expense, just setting it as suggested is the best way to minimize your payment.

Be Flexible!

So now I hope you understand how to set the right Gas Price and gas Limit manually! It is always nice to be flexible for setting value with some margin because Gas Price goes dynamically up and down. Minting multiples and experiencing trials and errors would be the key to success!

The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Get Connected to Your Potential Patrons

After you get used to the whole process, you start to feel minting and listing NFTs is not very difficult as expected. And you will notice the hardest part is promoting your listed NFTs to potential collectors. Some NFT marketplaces have function of “searching” so technically collectors can organically find your pieces out. But realistically, the chance is very small.

So what you need to do is create your own channel to get connected to potential collectors who might be interested in your creation. Your social media, especially Twitter will play this role if you are aware of the trend and some cultures that NFT artists and collectors get interacted with each other.

Follow the “Shill Your NFT” Culture

There are many collectors active on twitter and some of the enthusiasts are often tweeting typically like, “Today I have 2 ETH to spend! Shill your art by reply!”. These collectors are trying to find new collections by interacting with NFT creators. If you have something to appeal (shill), sending them a reply with the link to your NFT and a short description to attract collectors at a glance.

Use Trend Hash Tags

Collectors often seek for new collections with some trend hashtags, such as #NFTcommunity #NFTartist #NFTart and so on. Follow some top NFT artists and carefully observe what hashes they frequently use and get engaged by collectors with. Tweeting with unnecessary hashes too frequently might cause Shadow Ban on your twitter account, which results in less exposure to public. So be sensible to use only relevant hashes in appropriate frequency.

Promote Other Artists’ Artworks

Maybe you are full with your own NFT promotion, but sometimes helping other artists also helps your promotion too. As well as you, many artists are looking for chance to appeal their works and they are actively reacting to some twitter accounts who support their promotion. So, creating a tweet like “Follow me, RT this tweet and Shill your work. I will retweet your artworks for more exposure!” will help you get more engaged and the growth of your tweets and account.

Don’t Waste Your Time with Fake Collectors

But you also need to be careful about fake collectors when you follow the “Shill Your NFT” culture and interact with a tweet which asks you to follow and retweet. Some of them are not real collectors, but fake accounts which just looking for more followers. This is not very harmful, but it is nothing but a waste of time. Do not randomly interacting but pay your sensible attention to their single tweets and profiles and check if they are really collecting artworks or having any promotion to support artists.

Twitter Is a Strong Channel for all NFT Creators

Although it doesn’t always work perfectly, Twitter and other social media are string channel for you to promote your works and get connected to potential collectors. Strategically using these channels will give you a bigger chance of sales!

The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Tips to Minimize Gas Fee

As we previously discussed in the last article The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Budget Plan for Minting an NFT, every artist needs to prepare budget typically amounting over 100 USD for the first minting. Probably, you want to cut it down as much as possible to be honest, don’t you? Don’t worry, it is a common pain every artist holds at the beginning. But if you are aware of some technical tips, you are very much likely to half down the cost with no painstaking hard work!

Wait until Ether Goes Low

You will pay all the fees in ETH, so why don’t you wait until the ETH goes down? Crypto downfall is a nightmare for investors, but not really for creators. When ETH is low, it is time to mint your masterpieces as well as collectors are highly motivated by the lessen bidding gas fees. Although the timing cannot be precisely anticipated, but ETH always go up and down as well as other cryptocurrencies. Keep yourself always updated with trend charts would be the key to catch the wave!

Choose the Right Day and Time

Besides the ETH price fluctuation, gas fee is also changing dynamically along with real time network traffic. As we explained in The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Budget Plan for Minting an NFT, you need to pay higher gas fee when the network is busy. This means you don’t need to pay much gas fee if you mint in a time range less people are active in the ETH market. Now you can somehow imagine when it would be, right? Yes, it basically works the same as the stock market.

There is a typical weekly tendency. If you are in the EU, that gas price gets lower in the midnight and gets higher afternoon to evening. Typically the gas price goes the lowest in Sunday’s midnight (early morning on Monday). Friday and Saturday are relatively better days compared to other days of the week.

All these trends can be checked in the report Ethereumprice provides and easily anticipated by yourself. Also, you can check the current gas price at Go nocturnal might bring you a lucky!

Be Aware of Schedule of Ethereum Update (Hard Fork)

If you are not an investor, you don’t need to follow tech news related to crypto so keenly. But being aware of Ethereum Hard Fork will definitely help your financial strategies.

Hard Fork is scheduled technical updates of Ethereum, to make future ETH transactions smoother and safer and to provide more customer oriented transaction with lower gas fees. So theoretically, ETH price goes high before a hard fork and then gas price goes low when the hard fork is complete.

The schedule of hard forks is open to public, so keep yourself updated and be ready for the next upcoming hard fork.

Choose the Right Platform for You

You should note the pricing structure varies on each marketplace platform. Some platform charges more gas fee and commission than others. If you are looking for the cheapest option, you will want to sign up on Mintable. This platform offers an affordable option called “Gas-less” so you will not be asked to pay any gas fee at minting and you will only be charged the commission fee after your works are sold.

Go Financially Sensible

Even though your main duty is creating art, artists need to be financially sensible in the NFT world. The more money you save, more resource for creating you will grant. I hope a penny you save in the old days would lead to your future tremendous success…

The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Budget Plan for Minting an NFT

NFT is a great tool for artists to monetize their creativity and some of the top talented creators are earning pretty high amount on every NFT listing. But you also need to be aware of the cost that artists pay to mint and list their works onto the NFT marketplaces. So, to get your NFT career started, let’s quickly look at all the cost that you need to pay for one NFT listing, and hopefully it will help you calculate the necessary budget for your successful debut in the NFT world!

3 Types of Fees

The key to being familiar to NFT in financial terms is understanding what types of fees will be charged. When you convert your money into ETH on crypto exchange services or sending your ETH to your Metamask wallet, you will need to pay some transaction fee. And then, another fee called Gas Fee will be charged when you are in a NFT marketplace and are minting and listing your NFT art pieces.

Depending on NFT marketplaces but before or after your listing, the NFT marketplace asks you to pay commission fees to use the platform as well. So, you need to simulate the total estimated costs gathering those three types of fees and prepare the relevant budget would make your smooth first release.

Transaction Fees on Crypto Exchange Services

Let’s look at the transaction fees for crypto exchange service first. The cost varies depending on service providers, but let’s say if you use Binance, generally 3% to 4.5% of trading fee will be charged when you buy ETH using your credit card and 0.003ETH (as of May 2021) will be charged when you transfer your ETH to your Metamask.

Gas Fees at Minting and Listing Your NFTs

When you mint and list your NFT for sale, you need to pay gas fee for the network service. This varies depending on marketplaces as well as other factors.

Gas fee is calculated by a multiply by Gas amount x Gas Price. Gas amount varies depending on the action you are taking (for example, if you mint your image data, the amount would be around 200,000 to 500,000, while if you send ETH from your Metamask to Your friend’s Metamask, it would be only around 20,000) and gas price is determined by the real time network traffic and roughly ranges 30 Gwei to 200 Gwei (Gwei = 0.000000001 ETH).

Let me demonstrate a fee calculation example on Opensea. Let’s say you are trying to mint and sell your first NFT on Opensea at a fixed price, a typical required gas would be like, 300,000 x 60Gwei = 0.024ETH

When you mint your item, this calculation is automatically demonstrated on Metamask and you can easily check the payment amount in USD. So you don’t need to calculate like above every time.

This is the total required gas fee on Opensea but some NFT platforms, like Foundation, separate this fee into two different fees, minting fee and listing fee. So in this case you would need to pay gas fee twice.

Commission Fee

Commission fees are charged when you list your NFT for sale or after your work is sold to somebody, depending on marketplaces. Amount also varies, but let’s say you are using Opensea for now, the fee would be 2.5%. This would be deducted from sales you made, so the rest 97.5% will be your profit.

Simulation of Total Cost for the First NFT Listing

Now all the fees are explained. Let’s calculate the estimated cost you need to pay for your first listing. So the cost would be like:

(Gas fee for minting a NFT on Opensea 0.024ETH + Binance transfer fee 0.003ETH) / (100% – Binance credit transaction Fee 3.5%) = Nearly 0.028ETH = Approx. 110USD.

So, 110 USD is the typical budget that you need to prepare for your first minting and 2.5% commission fee will be deducted from your sales price after the successful sale.

Prepare Your Budget with a Margin

Here is one more important thing. It’s always better to have some extra budget. As explained, the gas fee is dynamically changing based on the real time network traffic so you might not be able to pay enough if you cut down small pence. Maybe you can add 15-20% margin to your budget just in case, otherwise you might need to repeat all the steps to add extra ETH to your wallet with extra expenses for the additional fees.

It’s always better to keep you updated with the latest standard gas price. You can always check the real time gas price on

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The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Preparation Before Creating First NFT

If you are a talented artist, you have a big chance to monetize your creativity in the NFT market. But you don’t know how the NFT market works and have no idea what to prepare before you create your first NFT?

So, this article will explain the basic required and recommended preparation before you are getting into the NFT market, by as easier language as possible!

Understanding How NFT Works in the Market

As previously explained in our article The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Understanding the Basic Concept of NFT, NFTs are not just single digital image files. Every NFT links to Ethereum Block Chain and has different token IDs. This is why NFTs work as digital properties which can never be copied by anybody but the owners. In order to alter your creative art pieces into NFTs, you will need to register for one or more of NFT marketplaces and go through the “minting” process.

To get you ready to mint your artworks, let’s look at everything that you should prepare!

Prepare Ethereum Wallet (Metamask)

Ethereum, a.k.a. Ether or ETH… one of the major cryptocurrencies, is the main tool to buy and sell NFTs, which works as something like US dollar in the NFT market. In order to buy their favorite art pieces, collectors firstly convert any fiat (like USD, EUR, GBP… any currencies, which we use in our daily market) to ETH. The price of NFTs is shown in ETH (For example, 0.1ETH… this is almost equivalent to 400USD) and collectors pay or bid on the auction based on the proposed price.

So, every transaction is in ETH. When your work is sold, you will receive the profit in ETH. And you will pay the transaction fee to the market, this is also in ETH. This is why you need to prepare ETH and a virtual wallet to send and receive ETH.

There are many virtual wallets, but I strongly recommend Metamask, the most widely used crypto wallets for NFT creators. Because almost all the marketplaces are supported with Metamask, you will have no struggle of troubleshooting or any crucial errors by using it.

Buy Ethereum

After preparing your wallet, then you need to buy some ETH to pay your minting and listing fee. The system asks you to pay a little amount of network fee (called as Gas Fee) when you get your image files minted and listed onto NFT marketplaces. You will need to sign up an account of a cryptocurrency trading service to convert your fiat money to ETH. The international famous services are Binance and Coinbase, and you maybe find domestic service providers in your country too.

Get Your Twitter Account Active

As well as ETH preparation, you need to get ready on the social media side too. Often collectors seek for NFTs on Twitter and there are many chances for creators to show and appeal their creativity, I highly recommend you to create an active Twitter account. Some NFT marketplaces require an active Twitter for verification on sign up process too. Linking yourself to collectors and other creators are a great key to success in the NFT world!

Sign Up an NFT Marketplace Account

Once everything is ready, get yourself registered as an NFT artist! You will want to sign up an account of any NFT marketplace websites, such as Opensea, Rarible or Mintable. These three are the most common gateway for emerging NFT artists because anyone can sign up your account for free and will not require any additional contests. There are also some NFT marketplaces that asks you to submit your portfolios, like SuperRare. On this platform the moderator strictly assess the submitted portfolio and only a limited number of talented artists can join as creators.

Foundation and Makersplace are the platform that only invited artists can join. So starting your NFT career by using one of the major 3 and challenging to those exclusive platforms will be the best strategy!

So, This Is All You Need to Do Before Creating NFTs

Now, did you get yourself familiar with the basic steps to be an NFT creator? If yes and you want to look at the procedure more specifically, please visit other articles that give more technical information and instructions!

The Easiest Guide for NFT Artists: Understanding the Basic Concept of NFT

NFT is a new monetization option for any creators and artists and the NFT market has rapidly grown as much as the crypto market has become more public in the recent few years. But not surprisingly, still many artists did not take their steps into this “gold-rush” market and are hesitant to start their career as “NFT artists” only because of lack of knowledge about the concept, value or technologies of NFT.

Yes, NFT is truly difficult if you look at the deep inside. It has some relations with Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technologies. But you – as artists – do you fully understand the software architecture when you use any creative tools? Do you need to write any code when you are on Adobe Illustration? Well, basically creating NFTs is same as this.

When you are creating NFT arts, You don’t need to understand how blockchain technology works. Leave it as a black box. This article will try to give the quick, concise and complete guide for creating NFT arts by the easiest words. No difficult language. Clear explanation. No difficult concept! Yay!

What Is an NFT?

Okay, let’s get started. First of all, what is an NFT? Wikipedia might say, it is an abbreviation for Non-fungible Token. But who cares its real name? You only need to know that an NFT is a kind of online data, and each data file has their own “identities”.

We may think it is something like a shape of digital arts, encrypted data or whatever. But to go easier, we don’t need to think that an NFT is anything but a tradable digital art. People buy Gogh’s physical art pieces. Here the same, people buy your digital art pieces. This is what an NFT is.

Why NFT Is Valuable?

So, we understand an NFT is a digital art piece, but here is a question. If it is just a single image file, it would be so easy to copy the file and has no chances to be valued like Gogh’s artworks. What makes NFTs so valuable? The answer is related to the identity granted to each NFT file on the blockchain contracts.

What does it mean to have their identities? Okay, let me show an example.

Here is an image file of the NFTX logo. Do you think this is an NFT? Actually, this is not an NFT yet, because you can easily duplicate the image by copying or taking a screenshot.

When you create an NFT from a single image file (we call this process “minting“), your image file is uploaded to an NFT server and linked to Ethereum blockchain. Your image becomes an NFT at this point, by granting an identity a.k.a. Token ID.

On the blockchain, anyone can track the NFT, from the beginning to the end, so from the creator to the last collector. Even if you can duplicate the image itself, how can you duplicate all the tracking history, which is linked to the blockchain? This is how the value of NFT is ensured.

Why Do People Buy NFTs?

But still, you can’t image what drives people to buy NFTs, can you? You can’t imagine how come people buy such virtual and intangible properties, can you? Well, this might be the most difficult part to understand about NFTs, but let me explain the motivation of the collectors.

The reason for buying NFTs is basically same as the reason to buy physical art pieces. Why people want to buy art? Collectors want to own pieces when they are moved, impressed, inspired by the story or aesthetics that the art has. People just want to possess it because they like it. This is purely an instinctive motivation that belongs to any human beings.

Physical art collections can be displayed as an interior decoration, or exhibited in their galleries to show off when they welcome their guests. NFTs might not work as decoration (or possibly works if you equip digital displays), but if you build your online gallery, it would be much easier to “show off” your collections to more audiences compared to physical gallery.

Also there are financial reasons. Some people buy art to invest, expecting the value of the art will be increased years later. Or investing in art is a good scheme for tax saving. When it comes to NFTs, it works completely the same. Furthermore, as the value of cryptocurrency is steadily growing, the value of NFT will be correspondingly getting higher, many investors thinks.

Anyway, there are many ways collectors are motivated, even though it is not a physical property.

How to Create NFTs

Then, how can artists sell or deliver their artworks to collectors, as NFTs? Simply uploading an image file to your homepage would not work at selling NFTs. You need to go through “minting” process when you alter your image file to NFTs. Minting is a process that links your uploaded image files to Ethereum block chain and give a token ID. This is done by NFT marketplaces systematically, so individual artists don’t need to make any technical effort, such as coding.

Got Along with the Basic Concept of NFT?

NFT is a tradable digital artwork, which is connected to blockchain and its value is guaranteed by the technology. This is all you need to remember! If you got more interested in creating your first NFT, please check more articles on NFTX!