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I'm Not A Robot

Long time no see!
Having been a digital artist for 23 years (and a professional at it for 15) I've seen the highs and the lows of the medium.  About two years ago I had a gallery show in New York where I was asked to print out some of my digital art to display.  While speaking with a patron of the gallery about the possible purchase of one of my artworks, the negotiation broke down once the buyer realized that the image was printed rather than painted.  This was one instance in a long line of gallery shows for me that were less than successful because of this same issue.  Digital art throughout my career has suffered from being less respected in the tangible world but a change for the better has finally come!

I'm just now learning about the CryptoArt, NFT space and its a fascinating technology that is rapidly giving digital art a new life as a scarce and valuable art form.  In its digital form, the art can now be bought, sold and traded, just like traditional forms of art.  The technology is giving artists like me hope that we may be taken more seriously and given a chance to let our art support us.

If you are unaware of what an NFT is, to try and put it simply, it is a digital image that is minted on the blockchain, given its own unique token and the image becomes valuable due to its proof of ownership.  In other words, when we all have virtual galleries in the future, you will be able to display digital art that you own that no one else can claim.  The space has seen a boom in the last few months and I'm hopeful about its prospects.

The image you see here is my first ever NFT, which I minted 11 copies of.  Call it a rookie card if you will which will forever be known as my first in what is hopefully a long line of new art from me.  I chose to create an image in my robot style which is perhaps what I'm best known for.
If you have any interest in owning one of these 11, you can view them here...…

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1366x1800px 1.43 MB
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1/80 second
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62 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 23, 2021, 12:35:03 AM
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© 2021 MichaelO
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caddman's avatar

...most excellent work my friend ...:clap:...

Popc0rn's avatar

Amazing ! This is a great piece and its fantastic to see it for sale as an NFT! Good luck with the sale!

hello hi, how can i download this as wallpaper?

Tigershark06's avatar

OMG Dude I haven't seen you here in SO LONG! I recognized your work as soon as I saw the image here! BEAUTY As usual! Congrats on starting into a "fine art for digital" medium! I hope it proves a gateway to digital artist with your level of talent to get the recognition they deserve.

MichaelO's avatar

thanks so much!

Very interesting, and thank you for taking the time to explain. Will be exciting to see future development. Can I ask, I see on your auction that only 10% goes to you, that seems awfully low?

MichaelO's avatar

I get 100% from the initial sale. Then I'll get 10% every time someone buys one and sells it again.

Popc0rn's avatar

NFTs are amazing dude! Good luck with the sale!

Got it, that's great! Good luck with your sales :)

tsahel's avatar

great work !

milo13200's avatar

Nice to see you back here!

ScottEllington's avatar

Without pretending to understand the significance of this development in the evolution of art and commerce,

it seems to be a means to reach a kind of non-fungible token singularity, a state in which the value of art is

redefined -- making your title of this piece especially interesting as a declaration of unique identity of the work

and identifying the digital artist as NOT to be confused with the tool that has brought it to fruition.

MichaelO must not be dismissed as a mechanistic means to a decorative end because digital art is Art and

digital artists Artists, whose work is unique, valuable and eminently collectible by the enviable.

On the fussy side, however I'd love it even more if the √ were located far lower than the figure's navel

by putting a finer point and edge on this matter of reproductive rights¹ with a more pelvic placement

nearer the locus of interface of testicals and ovaries, as if to say, "Hey, patrons, I got your proprietary interests covered, RIGHT HERE!",

all crotchety and groiny and grabby and gropy of the androgynous figure's androgyna -- closing a loop that's been gaping for a while.

¹ "Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health. They also include the right of all to make decisions concerning reproduction free of discrimination, coercion and violence."

-- Wikipedia quoting the WHO, World Health Organization -- not the WHATCH (World Health of Art Transactions and Culture, Honey).

I wish there was a WATCH on suffering and sacrifice for all, but especially for artists.

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