We caught up with this talented artist to discuss his creative origins, his journey into digital art, and his cross-chain adventure to find an NFT community to call home! Here is our onterview with Adrian Maull, NFT artist and the owner of two collections on OpenSea.
Could you tell me a bit about yourself, your background and how you got into NFTs?
I am a software developer with over 35 years of experience architecting and developing software solutions. You can learn more about me on my landing page. I realized that I could sketch mostly anything when I was 8 years old. So, I devoted many years to draw – mainly pencil art. I started nature photography as a hobby over 10 years ago. I think my interest in NFTs was a natural progression of the combination of programming + art + photography.
Where are you from?
Born in Mobile, AL
What fuels you? One unusual fact about you?
Learning, accepting the challenge of mastering new skills, and sharing knowledge with others fuel me.
How did you get into crypto art?
My interest in NFTs was a natural progression of the combination of programming + art + photography.
What projects are you involved with currently?
I have several NFT collection prototypes in my private incubator. Most are some type of abstract art. Stay tuned!
My other minted collection is The Real Bored Gorilla. It’s my attempt at starting the next viral meme. (Take a peek…you know that you’ve totally felt like that gorilla on those long Zoom meetings.)
How did the idea come about, where is the project currently, and what can the community look forward to?
I love abstract art in many forms. I love the idea of randomness. I wanted to see what art would be created by randomly generating and blending colors and transparency percentages. I have generated 10,000 of these truly unique and interesting images. I will continue to experiment further with this idea of randomness and abstract art. Why stop at colors? What about randomly generated shapes/polygons, 3D objects, patterns, etc. I am currently pondering how to share some of these art-generating algorithms with the NFT community – sort of a way of giving back in response to others supporting my work.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Fluid. I probably do not conform to any one style.
What are your favorite themes to explore through your art and why?
Randomness and computer-generated abstract art.
Nature photography – primarily avian and landscape.
You can see some of my avian photography NFTs on OpenSea.
I am fascinated with computer programming, and I love hiking and reviewing photos of the beautiful places I have been!
Are there any NFT lessons learned you’d like to share with our readers?
I have learned a few lessons on this journey. I will blog about these in the future, but for now here are a few…
The most important part of the process is an original idea. Take time to create something original in your mind.
- If you are artistic then this probably will not be an issue.
- If are not artistic, look for inspiration.: YouTube, NFT sites, etc.
- It doesn’t hurt to learn how to use popular design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender, etc.
- Knowing how to use these tools will help re-create your artistic vision.
- Udemy, YouTube, LinkedIn Learning, etc., are your friends
If you are on a budget and cannot afford ETH gas fees for minting, go mint on the Polygon blockchain on OpenSea there are no gas fees!
If you want to mint thousands of NFTs, it will take some planning and effort – nothing easy about it.
- Do your research. YouTube has numerous videos on how to do this.
- Some of my favorites are from CodeStackr.
- There are platforms that support automating the minting of NFTs like NFTPort.
What do you believe are the keys to success for any budding project?
Patience and just enjoy learning the process. Save some money and get a bit of marketing help will be essential. There are billions of NFTs. It’s difficult for good work to be noticed and found.
What is the biggest NFT you have sold?
I’m just starting! I haven’t sold any NFT yet. Can’t wait for that first sell.
Where can collectors learn more about your work?
For now, my two sites:
In the future, I will consolidate all my NFT sites into one site. It helps being a web developer 😉
Anything else you’d like to share? Head over to my collection and make me an offer on some truly unique pieces of digital art!