Hans, a journalism student, graphic designer, and digital artist, shares a unique background that has shaped his artistic journey.
His passion for art was sparked during his high school years as a newspaper designer, where he discovered the world of graphic design and its potential for self-expression.
Being somewhat shy and introverted in person, Hans found solace in writing and creating art, using them as powerful means to convey his thoughts and emotions.
Sparking Curiosity: Discovering the World of NFTs
Hans’s journey into the world of crypto and NFTs began as an Axie scholar in the Cryptopop Art Guild (CPAG). This guild, led by the renowned NFT artist Luis Buenaventura, aims to empower underprivileged artists in the Philippines.
Hans views his art as a personal playground, where he can freely explore and experiment. Combining 2D and 3D elements, he creates pieces that often straddle the line between edgy and ironic.
“I combine 2D and 3D elements to create a piece that mostly “straddles the line between edgy and ironic” as the artist, Aswang described my art. My art is an extension of myself because my main source of inspiration in making it are my own feelings, experiences, and thoughts,” Han’s explained
Each day offers a new wellspring of ideas, whether from his daily encounters, the music he listens to, or even amusing internet memes. By delving into his inner world, Hans seeks to connect with others and evoke emotions through his art.
Witnessing the success of artists like Beeple, who ventured into the NFT space, further ignited Hans’s curiosity and desire to explore this new frontier of art.
Moreover, among his creations, Hans holds “Lost in the Middle” closest to his heart. This piece encapsulates his personal struggle of feeling lost and lacking direction in life.
Through evocative imagery and symbolism, Hans channels his emotions and invites viewers to reflect on their own experiences of uncertainty and finding their path. It is a testament to his ability to intertwine personal narratives with universal themes that resonate deeply with others.
Han’s NFT Influences and Inspirations
Beeple stands out as a significant influence on Hans’s artistic vision. Inspired by Beeple’s exploration of various themes and his commitment to creating art daily, Hans draws motivation from his relentless drive for artistic growth.
Moreover, Beeple’s dedication serves as a constant reminder to Hans that progress comes from consistent effort and the willingness to embrace challenges.
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Moreover, like many artists, Hans has battled self-doubt and the fear of failure. There were moments when he almost gave up on his art. However, he discovered that perseverance was the key to overcoming these obstacles.
Just as in a challenging video game, being hardheaded and refusing to give up proved essential for his success. Hans emphasizes that failure is a natural part of the journey, and by learning from it, bouncing back, and trying again, growth occurs.
“For artists who are hesitant in dipping into NFTs, my advice is to be openminded. I know people are hesitant about it as it sounds and feels “scammy”, and stupid.
It is mainly because, at a first glance, people can see that it is bombarded by mediocre and soulless jpeg art with unbelievably high prices, and they tend to generalize the whole NFT space based on it. But deeper out there, there are passionate artists that are just utilizing this new tech to showcase their art and hopefully try to make a living out of it.
For me, NFTs just new tech that strongly benefits small, and emerging artists like me as it gives me the chance to show and sell my art to large audiences with me having the full control over everything,” Han’s added.
Connecting with Local Artists
Hans highly recommends the Aswang Tribe as a go-to community for new artists. This community not only fosters artistic growth but also plays a vital role in preserving and promoting Filipino culture.
On top of that, he expresses deep gratitude for the support and connections he has made within the tribe, particularly Aswang, who has been an incredible source of encouragement for artists like himself.
“I would 100% recommend Aswang Tribe to beginner artists. Aside from preserving and uplifting the Filipino culture, Aswang Tribe is a haven for artists and art enthusiasts. I am very thankful for the friend and connections I met in the tribe, especially Aswang, who is extremely supportive to artists like me,” Han’s explained.
Proudest Accomplishments and Future Goals
Hans considers being featured in the Aswang Artist Spotlight as his proudest achievement in the NFT space. Currently, he is focused on continual growth and development as an artist, dedicating his efforts to refining his art, learning new tools, and expanding his knowledge.
Therefore, without rushing himself, Hans looks forward to launching his own art collection in the near future, with the hope of sharing his creations on a larger scale. He envisions a thriving NFT art scene in the Philippines, providing opportunities for emerging artists like himself to succeed and make a sustainable living through their artistic endeavors.
Hans’s artistic journey stands as an inspiration to other artists, urging them to embrace their unique perspectives, push through self-doubt, and explore the endless possibilities that NFTs offer.
Overall, with dedication, resilience, and an open mind, artists can transcend boundaries, connect with others, and forge their own paths in the digital art revolution.