POLYGON Interview

Another week, another artist feature. Meet @Arke56374430, Polygon community behind a myriad of projects like Personae, Arke Originals, Arke Art Cards and The Burning Eyes

Give us a brief intro about yourself and background as an artist.

I attended an art and graphics school where I mostly focused on traditional techniques and “academic” drawing, delving into the study of bodies, as well as the treatment of light and shadow, and sculpture. My preferred tools were charcoal drawing and ink. Afterwards, I pursued a career as a graphic designer.

What is your creative process from idea generation to finalizing a NFT mint?

It can start from a sketch during insomnia, a premeditated theme, or a spontaneous desire to engage in drawing or craft a 3D sculpture at that particular moment. With the widespread availability of the iPad and Procreate, I mainly use this tool for digital drawing and painting since they offer a direct transcription of the gesture with an increasingly realistic feeling similar to paper or canvas. Moreover, it gives new perspectives of experimentation linked to digital tools. Same goes for 3D sculpting with Zbrush and graphic tablet.

Where is the biggest impact of NFTs in your view?

In the essence of the concept itself, NFTs serve as mere vessels: in terms of artistic value, they offer an interesting avenue for selling and owning artwork. This approach lends credibility to digital art, granting spectators the opportunity to financially support artists who create the artworks they admire. It goes beyond the conventional appreciation found on various online art platforms by introducing the concept of digital ownership. If more artists can sustain themselves through their art, it theoretically allows them to dedicate more time to their creativity and foster its evolution, although money also brings its share of drifts.

What inspires you, and why?

I have many different influences ranging from Rodin, Camille Claudel, Dodeigne, Caravaggio to Magritte and the surrealist movement; Yoshitaka Amano, Yukito Kishiro, Tsutomu Nihei, Katsuhiro Ōtomo for Japanese inspirations, and a lot of Science Fiction and anticipation literature with Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert, or even the French comic book artists of the “Métal Hurlant” period with Philippe Druillet, Jean “Moebius” Giraud…

What advice do you have for aspiring NFT artists or collectors just starting out?

Engage in what feels right and necessary to express your creativity and emotions. Connect with as many fellow artists as possible to foster friendships and engage in a reciprocal exchange of assistance and support.