If you are new to NFT market, you might think only digital arts or programmed contents can be NFTs. But actually the market is rather open to artists in various styles, and further to say, you don’t need to be a genuine artist, but you could be a musician, a poet, a photographer, or any other type of creator. So, let’s take a look in major creative styles in NFT market!
1. Digital Graphic and Animation
Although there are many sub-genres, digital graphics and animations are the Big 2 in NFT market. Some artists manipulate progressive and creative software to render a generative image or video based on some algorithms or computer programs and others create pixel art and vector art as well as digital painting. As well as 2D images, of course 3D art is widely minted and listed, such as digital sculptures. Although there is a maximum file size limit per upload, you can mint JPEG, GIF, PNG, MP4 files commonly on any NFT marketplaces. On some platform, you can also list SVG vector files.
But you don’t need to be technically trained with these advanced tools or you are not required to be good at programming, if you wish to go with your illustration. Even though the illustration is not so futuristic as digital art, there are many collectors who are looking for genuine illustrator. If you are an illustrator, do not hesitate to mint your works. You can easily monetize your creative talent with no extra skill beyond your daily creation.
3. Analogue Art
Although there are controversies, technically you can mint your analogue (physical) art pieces too. If you are an oil painter, you could scan your paintings and digitize them as JPEG files. The challenge is you need to add new value to your digitized files somehow, otherwise it is simply a scanned copy of your original works.
NFT is valuable because the blockchain verifies the legitimacy of the NFT and its originality. If there is any copied version, the NFT would fail to secure its value obviously.
4. Photography and Film
Monetization of photographs has longer history than NFT market and you might have already been using some of the monetization platforms, such as Shutterstock. If your photos are moving, aesthetic, beautiful or having a story to tell, you can mint them as NFTs. Although the customer demographics are different from Shutterstock, there are collectors who are looking for photo NFTs and often they are traded at much higher price than the existing photo stock services.
5. 3D & AR
If you wish to sell your 3D models rather than a piece of JPEG file, you can do that! Although only a few platforms let you upload 3D files, but you have several options of format. If you are on Opensea, you can upload either GLB or GLTF files, and Foundation will extend their platform for OBJ files. USDZ files – a format for AR (Augmented Reality) – is to be accepted soon on Foundation too.
6. Audio & Musical Composition
If you are a musician or sound creator, you have a chance in here too. Any types of audio files, such as musical compositions, sound effects, sound logos, can be NFTs. As long as it appeals to collectors’ passion, you can go your own way, in your genres and WAV, MP3, FLAC and OGG are commonly compatible format for NFT minting. One thing to note is, you will get better engagement if you accompany a video along with your audio NFT. This looks more appealing to collectors than a single audio file with no visual.
7. Virtual Properties
Virtual shoes, virtual space, virtual car, virtual home and virtual girlfriend… Many virtual properties are traded at the Market and some of them scored very much higher price above 100,000 USD. Still, this sounds quite strange, but it maybe becomes a standard consumer lifestyle in a next few years…
Even an internet meme can be an NFT! The famous internet meme “Overly Attached Girlfriend” sold for 411,000 USD by the portrait right holder last month. No one knows what gives you great business opportunities…
9. New Ideas
Like memes, now you understand anything can be NFTs as long as it catches collectors’ heart! Some artists sold their invented letters which do not exist, and some minted a geographic location. If you are the first to do something in the market, you will have a big chance to meet enthusiastic collectors full of curiosity.
So, anything can be NFT
You perhaps realized that basically everything can be NFT, as long as it’s original and unique! Standing in collector’s place and thinking what item would look interesting and attractive to them is the key to making you a successful NFT artist. Probably there are still many works not mentioned in this article, but potentially become innovative NFTs. If you have your unique creative idea, don’t be shy to step into the market. You can be the pioneer!