Everything You Need to Know to Mint Your First Piece

“Not Your Plaything,” a traditional-digital work by the author-artist via Foundation.

If you’re here, I’m guessing you’ve heard the phrase “NFT” once or twice — or 18 times — this week alone. And you might be wondering what this wave is doing, crashing into the art scene like a tsunami, or you might be ready to mint your first piece.

We’ll start here: with a brief overview of crypto media (also known as NFTs, short for non-fungible tokens) and a step-by-step manual to minting your first piece.

If you’re not quite ready for this, or you want a more robust foundation before diving in, check out this article: “Navigating New Territory…

The Inclusivity and Opportunity of the NFT Space

Crypto art by author-artist Sophie Sturdevant
Tokenized artwork by the author, available via Rarible.

I am analog in every sense of the word — I still read the newspaper, I scour new cities to find old bookstores, and when it comes to my artistry, I’m “pen to paper” all day, baby. (For context, this has nothing to do with my age; I’m a millennial, 28 years old living in Chicago and working for a digital marketing agency. The irony still strikes me on occasion.)

You won’t find me in Procreate (at least, not yet), and I’m only dangerous enough in Photoshop to compose my face onto the bodies of people like Bob Ross for…

Because, as an Artist, It’s Easier Said Than Done

The author-artist via Instagram. Photo by Brian Crawford.

I have an ugly confession to kick this one off today: I do not *inherently* believe in myself. Now, before anything else, I need to preface this article with the following: This is not a pity party. This is not a means to fish for compliments. I don’t want anything like that, nor am I seeking it in writing this.

But I do need you to know where I’m at, and why it matters, because I think it will help you, too. Especially if, like me, you suffer from imposter syndrome, are burdened by limiting beliefs, and have an aching…

10 Daily Reminders to Stay the Course of Authenticity

The author-artist hanging work for a solo show.

Most of my biweekly Medium articles are tactical tips for artists: pricing strategies, tools to navigate NFTs as a traditional artist, a how-to guide for sustainable art success…that sort of thing.

Today, though, is a little more personal. Because I can’t help but believe that the more we’re inundated with other’s successes, triumphs, and even failures, the more blurry the vision for our own lives becomes.

I’ve taken most of this month off of social media — popping on occasionally to share good news or a photo of me looking like the Seinfeld love child, and the longer I’m away…

And Make Your Best Artistic Work Yet

The author-artist in her studio. Photo by Red Feather West.

Above any other tangible “role,” outside of relational roles (sister, daughter, partner, friend), I am an artist. More than a writer, a content creator, a consultant, etc., I am an artist. But even after beginning to sell work and take commissions (about 8 years ago), it took me a while to be able to claim the title without feeling uncomfortable, at best, and like a total fraud, at worst.

(I’m writing this because I know I’m not the only one. I’d even go so far to say this is a majority of artists, especially those emerging and interested in beginning.)

(Applicable Outside NFTs, too)

The author-artist’s sister, Emma, at the museum.

If you’ve ever Google searched “how to price my artwork,” you’ve probably found yourself more confused than when you started. And if you’ve ever Google searched, “how to price my NFTs,” you’ve probably found nothing at all. Which is more confusing than anything.

Here’s the thing: The game is early. NFTs are still only scraping the surface of mainstream notoriety, and since there’s no true “formula” or official “blueprint” to look to (other than our successful peers in the space, and none of them is like another), listing your first piece can be extremely intimidating.

On one hand, pricing yourself…

And How to Avoid Those Pitfalls for Sustainable Success

The author-artist in her studio, with Keep Your Color: A Note on Growing Up.

I’ve been documenting much of my NFT journey over the last few months, providing instructional insight, creative inspiration, and pep talks (mostly for myself) about once a week.

The most common — and most appreciated! — feedback I’ve received is: “This is great advice for NFT artists *and* artists in general.” Today’s article is, of course, for my fellow artists navigating the crypto space, but for all of us: digital, traditional, audio, visual, 2D, 3D…you name it. As an “emerging” artist, you might be ready to create your first painting or you’ve been emerging for the last 60 years. …

There Are Two Ways to Play This Game — But Only One Promotes Longevity

Out of the Box, a digital-traditional piece by the author-artist.

In all the communication I’ve had with the NFT community since entering the space in late 2020 — with the exception of “Can I get a Foundation invite?” — I’m posed this question more than any other:

How come I’m not selling like other artists?

Here’s the short answer: The NFT game(s) are a tricky one.

It feels a little bit like a catch-22, in which artists — especially those coming from the traditional or fine art world, like myself — are seeing the significant and overwhelming success of a small (but growing) handful of other creators…which leads us to…

A Workshop in Creativity, à la Mark Rothko

I’ve shared this will small groups of people in creative workshops IRL, and in direct messages, and have gotten the coolest photos returned to me of those that have implemented the following strategy.

Now, it’s a little bizarre, too, but it’s real, and that’s what I’m here for anyway. Aside from creativity, one of my favorite things to talk about is feelings. (I know. Stick with me.) As an artist, or a creator in any capacity (and as a human, thriving only in authentic relationship with others), expressing our emotions is key. …

And a Kick-in-the-Ass Reason to Stay the Course of Creating

“The Illusion of Limitation,” a mixed media work by the author-artist via Sturdevant Studios.

As we stand on the edge of (or as we sprint into, really) a powerful and pivotal creative renaissance, there’s something I’ve been sitting on for a while. It’s the concept of Creative Responsibility, having come to me in a “download,” almost, while meditating one evening in the quiet of my apartment. This was at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, and I’ve been chewing over this for a while…

What does it mean? Do we have a responsibility to create? What makes an artist an artist? Is there consequence to not creating, if we know we’re made for…

Sophie Sturdevant

Chicago-based artist-writer, talking about creativity as our greatest responsibility. Expert in copywriting for multi-million dollar brand launches.

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