What is Generative NFT Art? A Lay Person’s Perspective.
Since my point of view is from the eyes of someone who isn’t a developer but enjoys being creative, this piqued my interest. The concept seemed to make sense but I don’t know how to program, I haven’t written code ever (well once and it turned out pretty bad), and I definitely don’t understand the blockchain like all of the intelligent folks leading this charge.
“Generative art refers to any work that is created by a system with some level of autonomy, or work that can function with little intervention from the artist.” (Generative Art: Origins, Artists, and Exemplary Works, invaluable.com, 2019)
Art made by a sequence, machine, or program that runs on its own when making a decision. Interesting. All done. Article over. 😄
The pieces of the little monsters were initially drawn by an artist. The human (pronounced “Hoo-Man” by our machine overlords) decided what the initial arm, leg, eye, horn or fin, etc. looks like. The artist initially lines, colors, shades, and creates. Then they work to decide what will fit where & how they will fit.
Ideally, this is to make a final product that looks the way they intended. My guess is, it’s ensuring not too many legs show up protruding from heads or feet where the eyes should be. They are monsters, but let’s be realistic to some degree. 😉
The pieces are then run through a program that randomly selects the final parts, the final colors and creates multiple different versions of these characters in doing so. Generating the full collection.
This is in contrast to something like my art (found here in my shameless and obligatory plug). While I used a computer program to morph my photos into comic characters, the process was controlled and all decisions were made by me. Without my intervention, the program I was using, or the camera I was using wouldn’t have created me anything. It required my creativity to produce the final concept.
The entire process was handled by me except the very end where the image was minted to the blockchain as a non-fungible token, through a different program (You could still argue that the NFT portion of the art is mildly generative I suppose). In my case, Opensea did that for me.
Sometimes the art is very simplistic (like most of my collections). Sometimes the art looks simple and adorable, but isn’t actually that simple, like Kreechures. And sometimes breakthroughs happen and artificial intelligence programs create the art completely with the only intervention being the creation of the AI program itself. (Might as well just bow right now to our artistic, creative, and hopefully benevolent machine rulers from Skynet).
NFT art appears to be the newest form of generative art. Not all NFTs are generative, but the blockchain process tokenizes the product for easier transfers and sales of the artwork across the globe. The value is still subjective to the viewer, but let’s be honest everyone wants a Kreechure 😉.