The Main Types of Digital Art and NFT Use Cases

06/10/2021
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The way we work, communicate and entertain ourselves has changed drastically over the years. So, art has also evolved into something we nowadays call “digital art”.

Technology, science, engineering have all pushed the boundaries of art and what art can do. The methods have changed, the medium as well.

Up until the late technology era, there were 7 “queen” arts. Each of the traditional art forms offers a different experience and affects our emotions and feelings differently. 

However, our very artistic habits and views on creativity have shifted so much that now we can talk about several types of digital art. 

What is Digital Art?

So, digital art is the artistic use of technology to create artistic representations. The product can be a traditional canvas painting, but the tools are different.

It’s true, art is not usually defined by the tools used to achieve it, but the digital media arts create a whole new spectrum of expressions. We can’t describe them in any other way.

Technology enhances the media to deliver the message the artist wants to convey. Digital art ideas are almost infinite. The tools and techniques can vary greatly. However, we will try a little classification here.

  • Computer-generated visual media
  • Digital photography and mixed media
  • Digital Installations and Projection Mapping

It’s pretty tricky to sell digital art when everyone can virtually duplicate it with a simple click. Nevertheless, the NFT marketplace has opened the doors to a new digital art era.

What are the types of digital art

From digital art prints to mixed media art and animations, digital art brings a whole new array of expressions and possibilities to the table.

So, let us go through seven digital art types and what they mean for the digital art world.

Digital Photography and Mixed Media

Digital art photography is the whole process of taking a photo and editing it into a computer environment. In digital photography, the snapped shot is only half of the work. Then comes the Lightroom editing, and, depending on the artist, even other manipulations.

Mixed media is an interdisciplinary digital art type that combines more art forms to create a unique art piece. A mixed-media artist can blend digital photography and motion graphics to create a completely different presentation in the digital environment.

The artists have complete control over their mixed media sketchbooks and can develop innovative types of digital art.

Digital Painting

Digital painting is pretty much the core of digital art. It is probably the most common type of digital art.

Today we see a lot of mixed media paintings from artists who use different 2D or 3D objects, animations, and effects. They can turn a digital painting to life with motion graphics.

There are dozens of digital painting tools and types of software that help artists put their vision together.

So, a 2D digital panting can serve as the base for other complex 3D rendering and the construction of a completely different virtual space.

Photo Painting

The term “photo-painting” is just as old as “photoshopping”. Photo painting means turning digital photography into a digital painting. The artist will paint over the digital picture and turn it into an oil-like canvas.

Computer Graphics

Most 2D computer graphics types like typography and illustration are drawn from conventional art graphics.

Computers and different types of software help artists generate raster and vector images. They can then use these images for complex installations, Commercial Ads, Social Media content, e-books etc.

Vector drawing is a big part of computer graphics. It implies freehand drawing with digital brushes, colour combinations, shapes and layers. Once the vector image is done, the artist can play with shadows and transparency for complex projects.

Source: Freda Garcia

3D computer graphics are highly interactive animations that can give life to talking and moving characters and even whole cartoon movies.

Algorithmic& Fractal drawing

This is where art meets mathematics. Fractals are perpetual patterns that can run across different scales. They are created by repeating a single process over and over again in a loop.

They are not as abstract as they sound. Nature is full of fractals. Trees are fractals that repeat themselves in different copies. Each tree branch or flower is a copy of the one that came before it.

Author: Mattia Basaglia

So, artists, just like nature, can create in successive selections of algorithmic drawings.

Projection-Mapping

Projection mapping is really special. It can be monumental and act as a medium for all the digital art types combined.

It basically implies turning real objects or buildings into a canvas where artworks are projected.

So, How do You Market These Digital Art Types?

The answer is simple. You enter the NFT market. You can sell many types of art, from digital to conventional art or collectibles, on NFT marketplaces such as OpenSea.

It’s massive. Let’s take a look at nine types of NFTs that you can create and market today or that you can buy and sell later.

1. Digital Art

You pick your type of digital art and turn it into a profitable way of living. The most expensive NFT ever sold was a work of digital art.

So, whatever your craft is, digital painting, computer graphics, abstract algorithmic drawing, you can turn it into an NFT and sell it.

2. Music

Music is one of the traditional seven arts. It is a fungible good that we would record and distribute on cassettes, CDs or digitally through music streaming applications.

Now, you can turn it into an NFT or combine it with animations and sell it on the world’s biggest music nft marketplaces, like OpenSea. For example, check out this Music Treasures collection!

3. NFT gaming

In-game content like skins or in-game objects is being sold as NFTs for some time now. They are usually rare, limited-edition.

4. Collectibles

Remember when we used to trade Pokemon cards as children? NFTs are big on collectibles. People are haunting and splashing huge money on limited-edition baseball cards or other rare collectibles.

So, if you have some lost Pokemon cards around the house, you might make a couple of bucks easily.

5.Sports

NFTs are also significant in sports. But sports are pretty physical activities. So, how can you digitalize them? You can tokenize some of the most memorable moments in sports, like Michael Jordan’s iconic Chicago Bulls slam dunk.

Sport is and has been a powerful agent of change and inspiration throughout history; let’s not forget that.

6. Memes

Oh, yes, we can’t forget about memes. The Nyan Cat, the Bad Luck Brian, or the Disaster Girl racked up thousands of dollars on the NFT marketplace.

7. Domain Names

Did you know you can get your own “John.nft” domain name? It might be insanely expensive, yes. For example, a while ago, the name win.crypto was sold as an NFT for $100,000.

What can you do with NFT domain names? You can replace your unreadable crypto wallet address or create a decentralized website for yourself.

What is more, when you purchase an NFT domain name, it becomes yours, and it stays yours. You cannot buy the permanent ownership of a .com domain.

8. Fashion

You can own a virtual handbag or a pair of designers shoes for an obscene sum of money. However, you can own them. So, yes, virtual fashion is now a reality. Such a strange choice of words, isn’t it?

9. Miscellaneous

Well, it’s fairly difficult to describe the other types of NFTs that you can buy and sell online. So, let’s just call this category miscellaneous. We place Jack Dorsey’s famous Twitter sale in this category, and the sky is the limit. You might want to sell your own TikToks one day when you get famous. So, keep the door open.

In conclusion, there is virtually no limit to what digital art type you choose to create and market. As you can see, the NFTs are here to stay, and every day we see many more different use cases for them.

Maybe in the future, we’ll also see real estate NFTs or diplomas. Who knows?  

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