Please tell us more about your background, how you got interested in blockchain & DeFi and what you are currently working on?
After graduating college, I kept aiming for working in videogames, and landed a job with Activision, working for the 2019’s acclaimed Call of Duty title: Modern Warfare. I also contributed to Call of Duty’s popular free-to-play Warzone, and pioneered a Digital Watch called Tomogunchi that appealed a vast audience in the gaming community. Today I continue to work in the Call of Duty franchise, as well as being a crypto artist in the NFT space since March 2021.
I have been passionate about technology and art for as long as I can remember, and as soon as I found out about crypto and NFTs, I immediately saw its potential and started my journey in the space.
I created my genesis collection: ‘Reimagining Art History’ in Foundation during my first months in the space (https://foundation.app/@lopiart). In this collection I chose to recreate some of the most famous paintings through my female perspective, seeking to provide better representation of women in art. I am honored to announce that Season 2 of this collection is in the works right now!
I get so much fulfillment and personal growth doing art that has been created and published entirely by me. It has given me a lot of belief in myself and my work and has changed my life in many ways. Being 100% responsible for my artwork is something my job sadly can’t achieve since I specialize in one discipline: animation. And even though I love to contribute to these incredible games, and I grow a lot as an animator each day, I truly love the empowerment that comes from creating and selling my own work.
I consider myself an extremely driven and passionate artist. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me, as I have many goals yet to achieve. I truly believe limits are only in our mind, and we can make any dream come true if we put our mind into them!
Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you?
I believe that we can attract physical things in this world by thinking about them deeply and acting on it, and that our mindset can truly change the outcome of everything.
What is your definition of web3?
My definition of web3 is a new generation of the internet that is smarter and more autonomous. Web3 will allow its users to be interconnected in a decentralized way, which will create deeper connections with people around the world.
Why should we care about it?
- Web3 allows users to sign in everywhere with one wallet, which means less possibilities to lose passwords and usernames
- Public addresses provide transparency in the blockchain
- Web3 makes website owners lose control of the data as user data is mostly controlled by the user itself
- Web3 provides the possibility of digital ownership, which will change the way we consume goods
What is different working as an artist creating NFTs?
- The art is minted by the artist in the blockchain providing digital ownership and copyright of the artwork
- Buyer receives blockchain-based certificate of ownership
- Artist can see previous ownerships of the artwork, as well as sales and volume traded
- Easier to put the artwork in “digital galleries” than it is to put them on the real-world galleries
- Removes the “middleman”, as artist can interact directly with the platforms and sell their art
- Allows the artist to make a profit on the artwork, often in currencies that have lots of potential for growth
- No need for the struggles of shipping physical artworks and delivering them around the world
- Possibility of artist that work with animation or other moving images media to sell their art, as they could often not do so before
- Allows deep connection with artists and collectors
- Encourages artists to collect from other artists, and support each other in the space
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What's the most important or impactful piece of art you created?
My most impactful piece until today is my artwork: Sacred Temple
What made it so important or impactful?
I wanted to illustrate the importance of loving our bodies and recognize that this is such a hard process for many people around the world, including me. But also, I wanted to remind the viewer that loving ourselves is not a race, but a journey which we must appreciate each step of the way.
This piece has become a constant reminder for me to be kind and accepting of who I am, and how I look. And it is one of those artworks that fills me with joy every time I see it and makes me feel proud to be an artist and see how powerful my artworks can be. I really hope this work helps the viewer uplift their self- esteem and help them love their bodies one step at a time.
Tell us about the greatest creation day of your life. You're at home in the evening, sitting on your couch and thinking about what you accomplished. What made you so happy that day?
My greatest creation was the first time I illustrated my feelings and thoughts. The comic was titled: ‘HOW TO DEAL WITH BEING THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM’. You can find it here.
As I have stated before, I work in the videogame industry, which as you might know already, is an incredibly male dominated field. It is frequent that meeting rooms are 99% male with only one or two women present, which is an issue to be discussed another time.
I remember one day I had a meeting at work, but this time I felt so nervous to speak up because not only I was the only woman in that room, but I was surrounded by male co-workers I’ve never seen before because they were from another department. I remember being so nervous during that meeting, but near the end of it I conquered my fear and spoke up. I was so grateful by how incredibly respected I was, that it made me realize to not overthink situations presented to me and to not let these insecurities control me, as my voice was listened as much as anyone else in the room that day.
After my workday was over, I wanted to talk about these feelings but struggled to do so on paper, so I did it in a comic form. I sat on the couch with my iPad and started drawing away my feelings. It came so natural to me. This was the first time I put my feelings into paper, and it was great. I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders, and it also felt like therapy! And then when I shared this comic publicly, everything became even better because I felt such an incredible amount of love and support by people around the world, who made me feel I wasn’t alone and that my feelings were valid.
I also noticed how people were able to conquer their fears because of my artwork, which truly made me realize that what I was making was important and that I had found my purpose in my art. Today, I continue to do so in my NFT artworks, by illustrating subjects that truly resonate with me and have an important message I want to carry on into the world forever.