From his love for anime to his diverse background in various art forms, let’s delve into dedMan’s story, his fascination with NFTs, and his goals for the future.
DedMan’s artistic journey began with his love for anime and cartoons. He was amazed by the fictional worlds depicted in these shows, which fueled his desire to artistically bring those stories to life.
However, as he grew, he explored various art forms like graphic design, motion design, photography, videography, and video editing. This eventually led him down a different path. He pursued doing freelance work using these skills from high school to college.
Therefore, Dedman is now trying to go back to his roots as an artist to create art and incorporate his animations into something that reflects him.
Discovering the World of NFTs
Dedman’s fateful encounter with NFTs came by chance, as he initially ventured into the world of play-to-earn (P2E) games. Little did he know that this would be the catalyst that ignited his interest in the art-centric side of NFTs.
Discovering the creative freedom and limitless possibilities offered by NFTs, dedMan found himself irresistibly drawn to the artistic realm within the space. His first foray into the NFT art community began with the Aswang Tribe. It is an immersive and vibrant community that celebrates Filipino mythology through unique art styles.
Although dedMan has yet to release a significant number of his own NFT pieces, his prowess in animating NFTs has garnered recognition, particularly through his work with Aswang Tribe NFTs. His animations breathe life into still images, evoking a unique emotional connection with viewers.
“There is a unique feeling when you see your NFT come to life, and I feel genuinely happy with my clients’ reactions too. (Teaser: my first collection to be released soon will feature contrasting human emotions and feelings!),” Dedman hinted.
Inspirations and Challenges
Inspiration comes in many forms, and DedMan finds himself inspired by a multitude of artists and artworks. Among them is Aswang’s ability to immortalize Filipino mythology in a distinctive art style that resonates deeply with him.
“I consider Aswang’s art the most influential and impactful. In addition to being able to immortalize Filipino mythology, Aswang also did it in a unique art style,” Dedman explained.
Moreover, like many artists, DedMan has faced his fair share of self-doubt and fear of failure. Overcoming these challenges has been a gradual process, one that has been made possible through the support of fellow creative individuals and art enthusiasts.
The nurturing environment of the Aswang Tribe community, in particular, has encouraged dedMan to put his work out there, build a name for himself, and gain the confidence to navigate the NFT art space.
His advice to those hesitant to embrace NFT art is to take it at their own pace, appreciate their own craft, learn from failures, and ultimately find their own unique voice.
For aspiring artists looking to connect with other creators in the local NFT art scene, dedMan recommends three vibrant communities: CryptoArt PH, Tezos Philippines, and, of course, Aswang Tribe. These communities provide a supportive space for beginners to connect, collaborate, and learn from one another.
Accomplishments and Future Goals
Reflecting on his journey as an NFT artist, dedMan’s proudest accomplishment thus far lies in his Aswang Tribe Banner.
This significant milestone has not only allowed him to showcase his creative spin on the concept of “Aswangs” but has also served as a major stepping stone in his career within Web 3.0.
🧵The 1st prompt for this week’s Alamat lore event is: The haunting MRT-themed banner by @_dedManwalking_ – a talented digital artist and animator from the Philippines and our newest Featured Artist from the Aswang Multiverse. pic.twitter.com/XmYG5p3jKz
— Aswang Tribe (@AswangTribe) May 10, 2023
The opportunity has enabled him to forge valuable connections with fellow NFT enthusiasts and has instilled a newfound confidence in his work.
Looking ahead, dedMan’s aspirations encompass both personal growth and community collaboration. His immediate goal is to launch his own NFT collection, an exciting milestone that will mark a new chapter in his artistic journey.
Beyond that, he hopes to collaborate with other artists, particularly those in the local art scene, thereby solidifying his presence in both Web 3.0 and the Philippine NFT art community.
Dedman’s artistic journey from anime-inspired dreams to the world of NFTs reflects his unwavering passion and dedication to his craft.
Through his innovative approach to NFT art, dedMan is reshaping the boundaries of artistic expression, leaving a mark on the local art scene while inspiring others to explore the endless possibilities of Web 3.0.
With his upcoming collection and collaborative aspirations, we can’t wait to see how dedMan will continue making waves in the digital art landscape.