Lesson 3: What types of NFT Art are there?
Types of NFT art
Not all NFT art is the same - there are several distinct fields which each have their own quirks and communities who are interested in them. Here they are:
Generative art (GA) is artwork that has been created by an artist-built system that is given autonomy to create. They usually involve an element of chance. There are two main types of generative art:
- Layer based: this is where the artist creates a series of traits that are randomly combined to create pieces of art.
- Algorithmic: this is where the artist creates a rule-based computer programme that produces the artwork.
This is the art that most people think of when they think about NFT art. It’s essentially any NFt art that you can imagine using as a Twitter profile picture. Usually these pieces are characters in a layer-based generative collection, where each character has a unique combination of pre-programmed traits (for example background colour, eye colour, what hat they are wearing).
These avatars often act as a passkey to a community, where the artwork you own represents you within the community. Many communities are based around a backstory which develops over time, or are constructed around a shared identity.
These pieces are most similar to real world art pieces - where each piece is unique and produced directly by the artist, not algorithmically generated.
It is possible to sell photographs as NFTs. Often photographs are sold as one-of-ones, so the owner of the NFT has exclusive ownership of the work.