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Hi Hi! I'm back after another long break. Sadly, my body's readjusting to a different time frame since I'm going nocturnal just to be able to study better. I have no idea why? But I struggle to study during the day, but not when it's around 2-3 am. I'm pretty sure I was supposed to be born an owl or something. Anyways, I was to give @MisakiLhaine an update for when I mint my traditional art as NFTs in the juungle. It's doable and after looking it up a bit more, I found that even on other platforms, artists also mint their traditional art and turn them into NFTs. The thing is, that minting traditional art is quite controversial of a topic.
NFT collectors value authenticity (this is based on searches I did before proceeding to do anything) I have no idea how valid this statement is now, but on a couple of platforms I've checked, if you apply as an artist and that you'll be minting traditional art, they will ask if you're on other NFT markets or if you sell your traditional art offline as well. This is to ensure authenticity, especially in the markets under the ethereum blockchain. They really value having only one piece available on the internet. I also don't know if people still do this, but sometimes, buyers/collectors ask to receive the physical copy of your art. I know this used to be a thing under the ethereum blockchain. I also read somewhere that some buyers ask for the original piece and any copy of the piece they bought be destroyed. It's a pretty extreme thing, but then you'll see there that they really value the authenticity of the piece they just bought, but I'm still on a 0/50 if it's a good thing or if it's just too extreme.
They also value a single art style. I do think that this is more on making your name and mark as an artist though since a style does define an artist, most of the time.
As for my first steps in minting my traditional art... it actually took me 2 whole days. While the minting process is already tedious, it becomes much more laborious when it's a traditional art. First, you have to scan your pieces or take a good-quality picture of them. I actually spent an entire day on this since I had so many pieces I wouldn't mind minting.
Then there's the editing if the scans came out with such high brightness that it altered your pieces way too much. In my case, since I compared my scans with the pictures I took, I stuck with the pictures so I only had to affix my signature and do very minimal retouches.
Once you're satisfied with your pieces, you have to save them as png. This was also another struggle since ALL of my pieces were over 50Mb in file size when I converted them to png. I had to compress them to 25 Mb or lower so I could upload them on github.
That's all the NFTs I've had to create in just a single day XD
For now, I'm just gonna keep adding more pieces to my collection while doing a bit more promotion on other platforms such as the mainstream ones. Juungle doesn't have that much exposure all in all so I do think this is a huge need. But then again, even the BCH community lacks exposure. Sure, it's slowly getting there because of Benswap and the SmartBCH network but it's still a pretty closed community so in a sense, this is how I'm promoting BCH, through art and through the juungle. I'm not sure if it will work with inviting more artists (to overthrow the waifuus) but since the minting process here is external, unlike in most NFT marketplaces, I think it'll take a while before the juungle will flourish like what you see on the ethereum blockchain. Still, it's not so bad to try. And through teaching new artists how to mint, I do end up teaching them about BCH fundamentals so it isn't such a huge waste of time on my end when someone inquires
That's all from me for today. I just wanted to rant a bit about my 2 day minting spree because I am never doing that again XD
I think, as soon as I finish a piece, I might have to mint it ASAP to avoid that kind of congestion again.