Who are you?
Hi!!!! I’m Nam.
When did you start making art?
It all started in elementary school where I would doodle sonic characters on my notes and homework. Luckily I had cool teachers who actually enjoyed seeing them lol. From there drawing just turned it to part of my identity and is something I feel compelled to create.
What inspires your style?
Now that I’m older, I find the things that inspire me the most are things that captured my interest as a kid. Life gets dull the more you grow up. You start realizing how messed up everything is in the world. The feeling of wonder and excitement I had as a child is something that greatly inspires me and is something I deeply treasure.
How did you manage to work with some pretty big names like Bladee & Juice Wrld?
During the beginning of the pandemic, I spent a lot of time learning 3D and practicing animation. I would make new posts to my IG every other day and started to get a following from it. The internet is so crazy because your work can really be one finger tap away from your favorite artist at any time.
What is the process for creating a piece?
Music is the best inspiration for me. I visualize scenes and characters in my head while listening to music, which is how most of my work came to be. If I have a clear vision of what I wish to make, it’s just a matter of finding time to sit down and make it. Sometimes I find myself just doodling until I see a shape or object that sparks something.
What is the biggest challenge for you while animating?
The biggest challenge for me is being able to top myself with every post. It’s such a toxic mindset but it definitely helps me push the boundaries of whatever project I’m working on. Also sound design hard lol.
Out of your creations do any stand out as your favorite?
So far, my favorite creation has to be the Bladee – reality surf music video. Working on that video with him taught me a lot about collaborative projects and technical skill. I was also going through a rough time in my life and was couch surfing for a few months with my PC.
What do you have planned for the future?
I’m currently working on a web show called Virtua Panic! It will be completely on youtube and the first episode will be released some time in the winter. I also have a series of collectibles NFT monsters coming based off the show’s characters. Much fun things to come.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to animate with no idea where to start?
Think about what your interests are and how to communicate them through your work. Observe film and media with a new perspective and learn how important camera angles and timing are. Come up with an idea then find out how to execute it.
Unrelated to NFTs, what are some must play video games, must hear songs, or must watch shows?
Jet Set Radio, Speed Power Gunbike, Katamari, Monkeyball, Megaman, the list will literally go on forever! Same thing goes for music, If you watch my animations on IG you can get an idea of the type of music I listen to lol. Also, Squid Game.
How do you feel about people reselling your art?
I think it’s awesome. The fact that there’s even a market for that is insane to me. I’ve always made my living off purely commission work. Being able to freely make art and sell it is huge, and all that comes with it is totally fine with me.
Are there any artists or people you want to shoutout?
There are sooo many people that have helped me through my time as an artist it wouldn’t feel right to leave someone out. Pretty much everyone that I’m following on IG has supported me in some impactful way.
Just wanted to say how crazy of a time this is for us artist and remember to use all the tools that we are blessed with in this generation. Work hard, be consistent, and you will reach your goals in no time.