While he may have only sold once piece so far, Vollut is destined for a successful career in the world of NFTs. Each of his pieces are vibrant, colorful, and even when dark they somehow manage to spark a smile.
One particularly notable element of Vollut’s entry into NFTs is who he sold his first piece to. Elise Swopes, a popular Instagrammer who also sold a number of high-priced pieces on SuperRare, decided that she wanted to acquire Vollut’s first piece.
After winning a short bidding-war, the piece went for 2 ETH (or approximately $4,000).
For Vollut, or frankly any emerging artist, having such success right out the gates is bound to create an addiction to producing NFT works. I reached out to Vollut to learn more about what lead up to this moment and his plans for the future.
What was your first entry into art?
I’ve been working as a motion designer for 10 years and until recently was pretty happy with it. I’m sure not all of us want to become an artist. It’s a totally different area with its own rules. But about 2 years ago I started posting my explorations on Instagram.
At first it was just a silly little animations but I ended up doing my own short film – The Idea Guide. I think that was my breakpoint. Commercial projects are still is a big part of my life because I need to pay bills. But every time I have a break I try to express my ideas in the form of 3D animation.
How has your style evolved over time and how would you describe your style today?
I’ve been mixing 2D and 3D graphics a lot because I’ve worked as a 2D motion designer for the most part of my career. For the last couple of years I’m focusing on stylized 3D and expressive animation. My style evolved rapidly after I started to dedicate more time for art. You can’t find your own voice until you’re alone and no one is influencing you.
Prior to selling your NFTs was your art your full-time job?
As for many out there it wasn’t. I was just doing it in my spare time not knowing what to do with it. I was doing freelance motion design for a living.
Were you previously involved in the cryptocurrency space? If so, how?
Not really. I was just observing. I think I realized too soon that it’s my chance to turn myself into a full time artist.
What prompted you to begin selling NFTs?
Some people just started asking me for this. And I’ve got an invite to Foundation. All I had left to do was create art!
How are your sales going so far?
The last piece was sold for 2 ETH. It was so fast, I wasn’t expecting that. It was bought by another very successful artist that I think saw the potential in my work. I hope someday she will make a fortune out of this.
Have NFTs changed your plans for the future? If so, how?
I realized that I must do less commercial projects. Especially the ones that didn’t have any creative freedom to it. Right now it seems such a huge waste of time. But I still don’t know how things will go in the future. I just believe that my art will be noticed and I’ll find my way through the art world.
What do you think would improve your overall experience with NFTs?
The common problem – high fees. But comparing it to regular art market they’re pretty low.
Do you have any exciting upcoming NFT projects? If so, any that you care to share?
Yes I do have several projects. Some of them already posted on my Instagram. The next thing I will put for sale is Flower Boy diptych. And one more is being developed right now.
What’s the best way for people to check out your work online?
My Instagram – www.instagram.com/vollutagnis and Twitter www.twitter.com/volluttt
Anything else you care to share?
My first NFT was supported by another artist and I hope that I’ll be able to give it back to the community and support the new artists. And that unique supportive atmosphere makes cryptoart so special for me.