CryptoSketches is a blockchain art gallery. Here’s how it works.

Craig McMahon
Mar 17, 2018 · 4 min read
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Photo by GoaShape on Unsplash

The problem

But this confidence is misplaced. Everything you share online is subject to censorship — whether by states or by the increasingly-powerful tech titans of Internet search and social networking. Those places where you share your digital dreams are vulnerable to hackers, to accidental deletion and even bankruptcy, should the business model of your content host not work out.

There are also other costs to the ways in which we share online, and other ways in which electronic art cannot current live up to its physical counterpart. If a file is copied a thousand times, how can we prove which is the original, and who created it? How can a unique piece of art ever truly be valued as a stream of bytes?

The blockchain solution

We’re all familiar with cryptocurrency, the most obvious use case for blockchain technology. But what if we were able to publish a piece of art in its entirety to a blockchain? We’d get:

  • an immutable work that couldn’t be censored by alteration or removal without compromising the entire blockchain;
  • an unalterable record of who created it;
  • an unalterable record of any transfer in ownership; and
  • backups all over the world!

Introducing CryptoSketches

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What’s our vector, Victor?

Unique and collectible

  • Skill: the brush is not one you hold in your hand, but one that’s applied via trackpad, mouse or touchscreen. Nonetheless, there will be those who weld it more deftly than others! Some sketches will be detailed, others crude, some loaded with meaning and others open to interpretation. None can be altered or removed from the blockchain, though we may opt to hide offensive works from our gallery or homepage (nothing stops another website from showing them).
  • Provenance: with a transparent record of authorship and ownership on the blockchain for all to see (at CryptoSketches or any of a number of websites that display block contents), you’ll know who created an artwork, how many times it’s changed hands, and for how much. Although Ethereum accounts are typically anonymous “addresses”, CryptoSketches allows you to verify your identity with Twitter if you so choose — and perhaps thereby increase the value of the works that you’ve created or own.

Anyone may bid on your sketches. You may accept their bids at your discretion, or place a price your work so that it can be bought directly. A 3% commission is charged on sales to support maintenance of the website.

A lasting legacy

Draw something on CryptoSketches today. It’s the cave art of tomorrow!

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