emta • Artist Spotlight

What got you in to Crypto art?

I saw mentions of sites like Superrare and KnownOrigin on Twitter and was intrigued by the concept. The idea of limited runs of art has been a thing since basically forever in traditional, physical mediums; and it’s really exciting to see that concept brought to digital media.

What do you think of traditional artwork?

I think traditional art is great. I’m not very good at it myself, but I have immense respect for people who are good with traditional mediums.

Do you think your art is fulfilling a purpose?

Absolutely! I’m staff for an online art community called FORM, and lots of the work I do as an artist is for that. I’ve made album covers, posters, videos, etc. for the events we hold, whose proceeds almost always go to charity. We’ve raised thousands of dollars for various charities and it’s very fufilling knowing my work as an artist contributes to great causes like that.

How did you start out as an artist?

When I was about 10 years old, I would always play around with Photoshop on my dad’s computer. In high school, I took a lot of art/film/design classes as electives and those really solidified the foundation of my skill set. During high school I loved to draw, but over time I started lose interest and shifted my focus towards digital art. I started taking graphic design seriously about 2 years ago, around the same time I joined an art community called FORM. The people there were extremely supportive and gave me the confidence I needed as an artist. I really owe it to them; I really don’t think I’d be anywhere near as good without their overwhelming support.

Who or what inspires your work?

I am really inspired by online culture. I’m heavily involved in the Soundcloud/DIY scene, and lots of ideas and inspiration come from the artists in that circle. I’m also a furry so I draw lots of inspiration from that scene too, especially the art and the culture. In lots of my work you’ll find subtle furry references if you look close enough. Visuals for artists like Iglooghost and BABii really influenced my style as well. One of my signature styles that uses a lot of bright, pastel colors (my friends often call it “emta color”) was actually first inspired by the Iglooghost - Clear Tamei EP cover art.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Like I mentioned earlier, lots of my inspiration comes from online culture. I also like browsing Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for inspiration too.

Which other artist(s) do you admire?

iglooghost, safehaven, clqqng, viktor kadic, david rudnick, timothy luke

Final question, what’s next for you as an artist?

Right now I’m trying to expand my skill set and experiment with different styles and mediums. I’m starting to get into 3D art with Blender. I also really want to improve my typography and illustration skills too. There’s so many different things you can do with art and I want to expand my horizons and try new things.

We would like to thank emta for giving up their time to collaborate on this with us. Article by @emtacolor.