This week, our ArtDrop is created by Zeus Creates. He’s a young NFT artist from India who was featured on the Daily NFT Show a while ago.
We’ve kept an eye on him ever since and admire the young artist’s persistence and eagerness to improve and be part of this community. Hence we’re excited to introduce you all to him and his work.
1. When and how did you start creating art in general?
I started using Photoshop around April 2020. I learnt it a bit to help with my brother's YouTube channel thumbnails! Of course, it had no relation with art but it did help me increase my skills a little at least. I was really drawn into Photo manipulations when I found out about Benny's channel (Benny Productions) and I just knew that I had to learn it.
I then got more serious about creating digital art at the end of 2020 and made an edit for Benny’s Spooky Edit War contest in October 2020.
Along my Photoshop journey, I found out about the wonderful world of 3D. Had literally zero ideas about it and I almost gave up after my first try in January 2021. It felt like one of the hardest things in the world! However, I gave it another shot in February and it really clicked. I haven't looked back since then. Funny thing is that I got an RTX 3080 in December 2020 and I thought I would be using it to play some games. The way the universe works is really weird I guess. Without that lucky RTX 3080 impulse buy, I wouldn't have started 3D and who knows what might have happened. "You can only connect the dots looking backwards" ;)
2. How did you get into NFTs?
I heard about NFTs for the first time in Blenderguru's podcast. Heard about Beeple's story of course and it intrigued me. Thought it was a Ponzi scheme/money laundering BS as everyone else. The news about NFTs just kept spreading though and I got really curious. I was looking for a Foundation invite but I didn't get it for quite some time. One day in April, sb.editing (@edit1ng) offered me an invite to Foundation out of the blue. I didn't even ask for it and he gave it to me. This was my entry to the NFT scene and I sold my first piece after 20 days of listing it. @llBeefyll bid on it when I was least expecting it and I started believing in NFTs from that moment! :D I have sold 6 pieces so far. Hope it continues, and I will also be collecting some art soon! :)
"Lost Legacy" is now live on @withFND. This was my most ambitious work IMO as I really spent a lot of time detailing the environment! https://t.co/LzBitrgskp— Zeus Creates (@zeus_creates) November 13, 2021
Any support is really appreciated! 💙 pic.twitter.com/SywkEvbNzX
3. How did you develop your current style?
I would say that my style really changes quite a bit. I am not the person to stick to one style and grind it forever. That would just bore me to death, I believe. At the moment, I really love creating epic ancient buildings of different shapes, and styles in different sorts of environments. I am learning 3DCoat and I guess these landscapes are the result of that.
4. What inspires you?
This is a tough one. I have to say that many things inspire me. In terms of art, any big and beautiful environment piece sparks my creativity. Whenever I see these kinds of pieces, it makes me want to imagine what the rest of that world would be like and how things work there. It’s a very childlike curiosity I get when I see a place I’m unfamiliar with. That’s why I enjoy focusing my attention on creating worlds in general. I often open Artstation and browse through the beautiful environmental concept works there. To create similar high-quality pieces is what I want to achieve in the long run. I could name some artists who inspire me, but then I would be missing someone and that would make me feel terrible.
To be honest, life itself inspires me. To wake up each day and have the privilege to create something. Music also directly affects my work. I listen to a lot of genres based on the moment and the feeling I want at that moment. LoFi playlists are at the top of my list!
And then there are video games, like Assassin’s Creed, Red Dead Redemption, and GTA. They’ve all had their influences on me! I could probably keep naming a thousand more games but you get the idea. The massive worlds they create are simply incredible. I will never forget my experience playing RDR2, it really impacted me emotionally.