In a world where art and technology come together, a new group of artists is rising, embracing blockchain and NFTs.
Today, we introduce you to Kai, a talented pixel artist and animator from the Philippines. Kai’s love for video games and determination to follow her dreams have led her on an exciting journey into the world of NFT art.
The Pixel Path
Kai’s background is deeply intertwined with her love for video games. As an only child and an avid gamer, she spent countless hours immersed in virtual worlds, honing her skills and developing a keen eye for the intricate artistry behind gaming visuals.
It was during her college years studying Multimedia Arts that Kai discovered pixel art, and an undeniable connection was formed. The simplicity and charm of pixel art resonated with her. That’s why she then embarked on a journey to explore this medium further.
Embracing the NFT Revolution
Inspiration can come from unexpected places, and for Kai, it arrived in the form of a close friend and fellow artist, Hannah.
Witnessing Hannah’s success in the NFT space sparked a fire within Kai. She recognized the potential of NFTs to not only showcase her work but also to connect with like-minded individuals who appreciate this unique art form.
Moreover, with dedicated practice and continuous improvement, Kai ventured into the world of NFTs, eager to meet fellow enthusiasts and receive valuable feedback.
The Balance Between Tech and Artistic Expression
Balancing technical aspects with artistic expression is a crucial aspect of Kai’s creative process. Before embarking on a new project, she conducts thorough research to understand the subject matter and ensure her artwork conveys the intended message.
Whenever she encounters technical challenges related to NFTs, she seeks assistance from experts in the field, like her helpful developer friend Sibyl. And of course, Kai values self-care, making sure to prioritize sleep and fueling her creative energy with coffee.
Challenging Stereotypes and Inspiring Others
Kai’s art carries powerful themes and messages close to her heart. Being an artist in the Philippines, she has faced criticism and skepticism, with many dismissing art as an unviable path.
However, Kai has chosen to ignore the naysayers, allowing her work to speak for itself. Pixel art, with its seemingly simple yet intricate nature, embodies the essence of her message.
Through her art, she aims to inspire others to pursue their passions fearlessly and remind them that their work will find an audience among the right people.
“My dream is to make a video game of my own and I wanted to inspire people to do what they love to do. The right people will always find your work interesting,” she added.
Little Aswangs: Kai’s Favorite
Among her numerous creations, Kai holds a special place in her heart for the NFT artwork called “Little Aswangs.”
This piece represents a breakthrough for her as it combines character sprites with backgrounds—a departure from her usual style.
Besides that, its inclusion in the Art Fair PH 2023 marked a significant milestone in Kai’s career, where her work was exhibited on a grand scale.
Influences and Inspirations: Artists Who Shaped Kai’s Vision
Kai draws inspiration from a variety of sources, with notable artists and creators leaving a lasting impact on her creative vision.
Akira Toriyama, renowned for his pixel art style in the game Chrono Trigger, has been a significant influence. Additionally, the captivating art and lore crafted by Aswang have left an indelible mark on Kai’s imagination.
Furthermore, she credits Brandon Greer’s informative YouTube tutorials for equipping her with essential skills and knowledge in creating pixel artworks.
Overcoming Self-Doubt and Taking the Leap
Just like many aspiring artists, Kai has faced their fair share of self-doubt and fear of failure. However, she have learned to overcome these challenges by adopting a bold mindset.
Kai believes that focusing on external validation, such as likes and shares, can be a hindrance to artistic growth.
Instead, she emphasize the importance of internal factors, such as mastering one’s craft, improving artistic creations, and fearlessly sharing them with the world.
Kai’s advice to hesitant artists is simple yet profound: “Fuck it” and see where it takes you. Embracing vulnerability and taking risks can lead to unexpected opportunities and personal growth.
A Community Built on Passion
Kai’s success as an NFT artist wouldn’t be possible without the vibrant art community she belongs to—the Aswang Tribe.
This community not only focuses on preserving culture but also fosters connections among artists and enthusiasts worldwide. It has provided Kai with invaluable support, collaboration opportunities, and lifelong friendships.
For beginners seeking artistic connections, Kai recommends exploring the Aswang Tribe as a top choice. The community’s passion for art and the camaraderie among its members make it an ideal space to connect with like-minded individuals and gain inspiration.
Proud Milestones and Future Aspirations
Reflecting on her journey as an NFT artist, Kai has achieved significant milestones that she takes pride in. Celebrating her first anniversary as an NFT artist was a memorable moment, signifying her growth and dedication to her craft.
Another notable accomplishment is her ongoing personal collection, “City Square.” This interactive NFT project, inspired by everyday Filipino establishments, showcases Kai’s creativity and storytelling skills. With only 50 unique pieces forming a colorful and animated map, she plans to airdrop special rewards to holders once the collection is complete.
The Sari-sari Store – the very first 1/1 from my collection is already available on OS: https://t.co/EOetUuHxPb.
Initially was intended to be on fnd, but I thought of dropping it on OS instead(in case 👀).
Below is how the map looks like when all 50 City Sq bldgs are minted. pic.twitter.com/1GOHk5jjnj
— Kai (@mitokaiNFT) March 31, 2023
Lastly, being included as an exhibitor in the Art Fair PH 2023 is also a great milestone as an NFT artist for Kai. Looking ahead, Kai’s ultimate aspiration is to develop her own video game, where her pixel art can come to life in a fully immersive experience.
As we watch Kai’s artistic journey unfold, one thing is clear: her ability and drive are pushing her toward a successful future.
With each carefully placed pixel, she gives her goals more color and depth and encourages other artists to follow their own creative paths. We can’t wait for the day when her game takes the world by storm. And shows that passion, persistence, and pixels can create magical experiences for us all.
Follow Kai to stay tuned for more pixel-perfect adventures!