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DADA NYC: A Digital Artist Playground
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Art is life and amazing how it's always open to interpretation regardless of what thought or medium was used to create it. With soo many advances in the digital age we live in, visual expression was bound to hit the pixels hard and become something that many people participate in, converse and share. Now we have an amazing start in the art and collaborative space called DADA nyc, a visual social network where you can communicate, collaborate and occupy a space where expression is key. I absolutely love the idea of having daily topics where people create pieces from and also the ability to have someone else come in and draw in the same piece as you. 

Visual conversation by artists at dada.nyc

Art is an amazing tool to communicate with, share our lives and thoughts, especially when no barriers and labels. I believe this site has an amazing idea and drawing tools (desktop only for now) for an amazing collaborative movement in a public space without getting arrested, haha. Their interface is primitive yet beautifully stylized and I love it, from the illustrated site buttons to the way type is utilized in menu options. Want to start drawing right away? Below is what you'll see once you click the pencil on the site's bottom center. Nice clean canvas... have at it.

They have also released their first art gallery named "Creeps & Weirdos" (see below) where you can even buy a piece of digital art using Ethereum (ETH), I am completely on board with cryptocurrency and glad they have their foot in it. Yes you can own limited edition art on the blockchain, once purchased you will received the edition number and the right to resell the piece as well. They are currently working on the certificate of ownership which will even further solidify this projects contribution to the art space. You can literally collect art that's limited and most importantly support the artist for their work, how cool is that?

Easily said this is a highly ambitious project and one that has very cool achievements already in the art and crypto space. There seems to be a great community there with folks sharing their pieces and coming together as artists to create. I am also going to start using the drawing tools myself and hopefully I'll see you guys there as well.

For more information: DADA NYC | DADA NYC Blog

I Needed Color and Maybe I Need Less Sleep?

In an amazing mini-documentary, THE Jim Carrey has managed to blow me away with his expression and art. Confusing and complicated is the mind of an artist and blessed are we to somehow let those thoughts and emotions out. A great looks into his mind, his art and how life sometimes works it's way into solving heartbreak and feeling.

He mentioned something that struck a chord with me, being up late and creating which I used to do a lot. In a recent creative slump I have had many thoughts as to what is the contributing factor, be it time, energy or motivation but time frame might be a contributing factor. I create best when there's isolation and no interruptions, this might have sparked me trying to find a better way for me to work without being up at 3AM cause... work, haha.

Thank you Jim.

What geekery am I up to?

Hey giants! Sorry about the down time on the site, work and family stuff can keep you busy for a while hehe. My lil Giants are now 9, 3 and a soon to be 1 yr old, yep almost got my own basketball team but now I need energy, haha. So the geekery never stops in my house and there's been a disturbance in the usual digital world of playing Star Wars Card Trader which is dying off for me (another day) because of Topps' greed, I have two new sites/apps I use that are taking much of the little free time I have. See below for both and if you join, don't forget to add wgmeets! They are Clect and Neonmob, check the goodness below!

First up is Clect, I've been a non-posting member for a while but now that I am in the beta testing stages for their iOS app, I'm all for it and having fun uploading photos of my toy collection.

What’s Clect exactly? A website where you can upload pictures of all your collectibles, figures, toys and toy photography while being able to see others as well. Talk toys, like others collections and shoot the shite. You create packs (sets) and the photos you upload are cards that can go into whatever packs you like. They will also let you buy/sell in the near future which is a major plus for me since I have a few figures looking for good homes. I have sooooo many photos to take... 

Check it out if you can and tell em wgmeets (add me) sent ya!


Secondly is Neonmob which is an online card trading site where you can collect other artists/photographers work, it's been very pleasant so far and some of the art there is pretty dope. Yes I am a digital card collecting addict... no shame haha.

They give out tons of freebie cards daily and when or if you decide to buy coins to open packs, the artists are actually getting some of that, you can also buy prints of their work if you really dig their work also! You can create sets (70% royalty) also which is a part of the service I am currently working on creating a set for. So many art styles and I already collected all cards from an Animal Crossing set, yes there is an Animal Crossing set haha.

The traders are pleasant and the experience has been good so far, don't forget to add me and send me a trade! I like the browser IU, good clean design and the iOS app currently in the works is shaping up to be a great on the go addiction... err addition. Yeah addition.

The WGM Art Gallery is now up!

I've been slowly but surely gathering a few folks to start an online gallery where I can showcase artwork and photography from all sorts of mediums and places. Today is the day that I reveal the WGM gallery and extremely glad to have the trust of fellow artists to display their work properly. Thanks also goes to Google's Open Gallery folks, they've been a great help as I picked their brains, they have created such a wonderful concept and powerful zoom, you can really get in there and see the detail of the work.
I hope to have more artists join in and perhaps have a rotating exhibition per artist on a monthly or bi-monthly basis... let's see. A Giant thanks to the first participating artists which are Dewey Saunders , Eduardo Colon, Adam Lister, MtheNelson, Rasheed Chappell and Sean Conley. After each exhibit you can see information about them and their respective links. Hope everyone likes the gallery and remember to ZOOM in on the pieces, that's half the fun besides their amazing work!

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The Whitestone Experience

What if when you listened to music, you could also interact with the art or experience it in a better visual sense? No longer a background act or static image you stare at but immersing yourself into that album or artistic vision and able to tip said artist or creator. Sounds cool doesn't it? Well the good folks at Whitestone are trying to build a network of just that and boy does it sounds great. It seems like an insane amount of work and I'm not sure what goes into it all but the idea that I can interact with the album cover or more like how Björk has done, in one place and with many artists sounds very appealing. I'm always preaching about how there should be a stronger focus on the album art, this might strike that happy medium or surpass what I've been looking for.

Independent, interactive and immersive. Take a look at what Roey has to say about the service below and visit their Thunderclap to help spread the word. Whitestone will also be launching a Kickstarter on August 30th in order to stay independent and work personally with artists and not labels or grubby venture capitalists hands.