True to himself for 13 years, how fabulous David’s NFT art can be?

Artist David|Photo from:Miglė Černevičiūtė

Infinite imagination of the unknowns ignited by a soul of art. Copenhagen-based David is the creator of spiritual art. Speaking of David’s artistic journey, he is a true idealist who does only the art he adores, adhering to his style. In his 13 years of exploration, faith’s always anchored still. When it comes to his unique work style, it can be said that in the art with new inspiration every stroke and paint of color is gorgeous. His scary artistic style makes him unique among the crowd. I am happy to see a variety of emerging art styles. David borrowed the name of NFT to build his own art realm to create a new concept of art without boundaries. In fact, his insistence on the self-artistic style also led him to success. As he said, it seemed like a dream came true. Just click and it carves a live miracle. The growth popularity of the NFT market has made many different lives.

Photos at work|Photo from:Ilvija Mangulsone

1 Can you introduce yourself to us, and share your story with us?

David:Yes of course. Hi, I’m David. My alter-ego Custom Horror was born at a time where I finally made the decision to pursue art as a career. This happened 2008. I had always had an creative output growing up, but circumstances and perception of things lead me to become a Graphics Designer.

Working on awesome projects with the biggest brands with exceptional artistic freedom of expression and doing covers for my favorite bands! That was the dream!

But truth is, I did corporate designs and logos for small to medium sized companies. And I had fun doing this for a while, but eventually this didn’t feed my passion for creative output. I think many creatives identify with this. At some point the crisis hit, and I didn’t manage to keep my Design Business alive, probably because of lack of passion. It lead to some soul searching. And I realized I always wanted to be an artist. But that doesn’t really bring money on the table right away, so random paths lead me to own a coffee-shop for 5 years. Was a mix of an art-gallery, music venue and creative hangout. Was a way to get my art seen and make some connections. It was called Monster Times and was even nominated more than once by big Danish Newspapers.

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2 Which brands have you worked with, and can you share any interestingexperiences with us?

David:As an artist I’ve mostly worked for private collectors or emerging brands or bands. But what’s exciting is, I do the jobs I hoped to do when I set out to be a Graphics Designer. Mostly I just create art for arts sake. I’d love to share something that’s interesting to me: I’ve had the courage to keep true to myself and do art exactly like I want it for 13 years now. Not with the purpose to make money. The purpose was just to have fun and to keep the kid in me alive. I have done side-jobs until just recently to be able to say no whenever a creative job had nothing to do with my art. So I’m proud to say, any creative job I have accepted over past 13 years, was always in relation to my very personal art and style. And the Ironi is, more and more job & income opportunities have arised the longer I have stayed on this path. And I feel it’s like a dream coming true. Like I’ve found a life-hack. The whole cliche of finding your passion and following it.

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3 What was the earliest opportunity to get into NFT?What motivates you to keep going?

David:I actually discovered nfts first time long before I engaged with the scene. A collector contacted me and asked me if I was the owner of a Rarible account. Because someone had duplicated my identity, linked to his own socials with my name and visuals and was selling my posters on there. The account got shut down pretty quickly. I remember thinking, I must check NFT’s out since then. But I didn’t jump on the wagon before the hype around March. What keeps me motivated is the thrill I’m experiencing as I suddenly dive into this whole new world as an artist. I used to do 2d works on paper and digitally up until March. But a friend had been pushing me to try painting in VR for years. One day he brought a headset to my place, and I was blown away. I got one right away and somehow that lead me to rediscover the NFT space within the same week as I started looking into more 3d work. And I’m blown away with the quality of the art digital artists deliver in this space. Also experimenting with all this technology as a tool to create my art really brings some child-like excitement out as I’m eager to see what art I do next. And hey.. also the money. I actually just quit my side-job at a coffee-shop. I’ve always had an income as an artist, but not like this.

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4. Cooperation is a two-way choice. Why do you choose NFT platforms such as http://CryptoArt.Ai and KnownOrigin?

David:As an artist with a limited reach on socials, I rely on exposure by partners like you. I realize this whole NFT space is new and that we as platforms and artists are early movers. So I’m interested in creating relations with platforms as we grow together. I believe support from platforms like you is the key for my initial success. I’ve been pretty focused on reaching out to platforms that are emerging and still have a limited repertoire of artists. Lets say compared to Opensea, Rarible & Foundation. I have works on them all, but my works there are only exposed to the people I can lead there myself.

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5. After contacting NFT, what kind of influence did it have on your life and creation, and what impressed you the most?

David:I touched on that a bit earlier. I’ve really become a workhorse of passion. Like before NFTs. I’d be happy even if I spent 15 minutes doing a piece on paper or digitally and share it with my audience. But now with all this new tech and bigger potential in income. I’m producing and promoting my work and networking with the scene all the time. I’m really really excited and impressed by this spaces innovations. It’s a future I really believe in and really wanna see happen.

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6 The style of your art works is very special. Can you explain the concept and style of your works to us?

David:I keep finding new ways to describe what I think do. Lately I conclude I create Expressionistic Characters. I’ve done characters all my life. But over time it has become a practice of effortlessness and intuition. I like hasty strokes, I embrace happy mistakes. I wanna say I never plan a piece. But that’s from the 2d era. Some intuitive workflow gets lost when rendering and animating. It’s not just a wild stroke on paper. But because I paint my models in VR, I feel I retain my intuitive, lively and playful feel and look. Because in there, it’s just like regular painting. What’s amazing to me in my own work, is that the final piece is unknown to me when I begin. So it’s like I’m discovering my art as it gets created in front of me.

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7 How do you think the NFT market will develop in the future, and how do you see the slow transaction in the secondary market of the NFT trading platform?

David:I think the concept of NFTs will move far beyond art. I do believe this is only the beginning, and as most futures it’s hard to tell exactly where it goes. But here is a scenario: I think we as humans will live life digitally more than naturally, if you can make that distinction. It’s already happening via our phones. I think we will interface with the internet differently. Probably via a highly developed version of VR. As we transition to this era, NFTs and the whole crypto space may very well become the centerpiece on which all this is built on. I believe games are the next big step with tokenized items. It’s already proven successful with sales of cosmetic items in games in via the regular economy. I think NFT fashion items, which are already emerging, will be a gigantic market. As soon as people live their identities more virtually, they will wanna look good in there.

About the slow transactions on the secondary market. I don’t have much insight. But I guess only the most hyped artists will see decent traffic on their secondary sales like art before NFTs. I don’t think NFTs will change the perception of art or solve exposure problems artists have always struggled with. It’s just another channel through which to trade and consume it.

However hyped NFT’s are, I’m certain only a little percentage of all the artists attempting make a proper income. Just like the art world outside the NFT space.

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8In the NFT field, the game market has shown its own advantages. What do you think is the breakthrough point for the future development of NFT art?

David:I think the breakthrough point has already happened. The fact that people already accept the contract on the chain as proof of owner-ship is a big thing. The rest in my opinion is for the tech to reach mainstream by slowly iterating, expanding and innovating.

Editing: Isabelle

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