Discovering Art Layers
“You also start to learn about different kinds of art. There are so many different styles out there. I find it interesting and motivating.”
Singapore-based Kaejunni is renowned for his meticulously hand-crafted character designs. He brings his characters to life by showing them through dramatic day and night-time shift animations. His characters hint at a world in the Metaverse that hasn’t been fully explored yet by balancing between soft color palettes and bright cyberpunk cities.
This talented artist has been drawing only since 2013. Since then, he has built up a portfolio of designs, and being invited to art shows, and has worked on commercial projects.
Then, his friend got him an invite to Foundation, and his Web3 adventure began. “I think people were talking about how I could sell my digital art online using crypto at the time,” he says. “I was very interested, and since I had played around with cryptocurrency in 2018, I was curious about how the whole thing would work.”
From early on, Kaejunni’s art has been heavily influenced by Japanese style, usually from Japanese RPG games or anime, which he loves. “You also start to learn about different kinds of art. There are so many different styles out there. I find it interesting and motivating.”
Kaejunni’s 1/1 works have been wildly popular in NFT spaces, and his most prominent contributions include the designs and characters he created for NFT projects like “Capsule House” and ”Beaniepunks.” Busy is an understatement.
He skipped drawing on paper and went straight to drawing on a computer. He says it was tough because when you draw on a tablet, you must get used to how your hands and eyes work together. “I learned how to use many art programs and 3d to see how it could help me in the long run. My main tools for my NFTs are Photoshop and After Effects. I would draw my character and background in Photoshop, separate the layers, and then move them into After Effects to animate them.”
Kaejunni thinks that being an NFT artist is more than just making art because you must make connections in the space and can’t just stick to your small group of friends. He thinks it’s important to get out and talk to people. That’s how he built up a big group of people who discovered him.
“You also start to learn about different kinds of art. There are so many different styles out there. I find it interesting and motivating. Like how people can play with colors and make art in their own way. Also, how the community sees it, connects with it, and buys the piece.”