The rise of Web3 has brought us some amazing tools that have been key to a new flourish of creativity and self-expression online. And certain forms of art have definitely taken the spotlight.
3D art has been at the center of this movement from the beginning. It’s not just that there are massive amounts of this kind of creations, it’s also that the influx of new technologies is pushing this artform forward and giving it new functions.
Of course blockchain, NFTs and the metaverse at large are the main contributors, but today we want to dig deeper into the story of 3D art, the rise of its perceived value and how it eventually became such an important part of the Web3.
The evolution of digital art
Contrary to what you might think, digital art isn’t an opposition to traditional physical art, but an evolution of it that makes the most of the latest technological tools available.
From its beginning with the first computers and early pixel art through the mid-twentieth century, to the strange-looking 3D models of the 90s and early 2000s to today, digital art has been developing alongside the software and tech available, sometimes even being the very thing that pushed it forward.
Many types of immersive art installations over the years have also worked along with engineers and software developers to create unique pieces that used technology in new, unexpected ways.
Today what started as ASCII code and the revolutionary NetArt has grown as a multifaceted and multifunctional form of art that spans throughout the internet in the form of memes, GIFs, comics, games, animations and more.
Although we’re already used to interacting with these sorts of things on a daily basis, it’s still stunning to think about the impact they’ve had on our lives and how they shape our culture, which at its core, is what art has always aimed for.
Considering the background and evolution of 3D art, it’s clear that there’s an inherent attractiveness to it, a special quality that makes this art form completely unique.
But it’s more than just looking at a pretty picture. What 3D art brings to the table is immersion, the capacity to make the digital a real experience. A clear example is the virtual walk of “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, as it’s not just contemplating a painting but diving completely into it from a new perspective.
New ways to experience art in general have been improved by these types of creations, as things like Virtual or Augmented Reality or even videogames and social media keep changing how we view the world.
These creative processes have been able to revolutionize themselves thanks to technology like game engines, which have given artists amazing new tools for building virtual worlds, objects, games, art and more.
A clear example is Unreal Engine 5, the latest game engine released by Epic Games, as it has allowed both game developers and creators across different industries to make unique 3D content and experiences easily and with total freedom.
There is an intrinsic value to 3D art that can’t be easily replicated elsewhere, and that has defined the path for many aspects of the new technological revolution Web3 has brought.
An art boom in the digital era
In a world that is centered around technology, new art forms can easily find their own digital spaces to develop and become staples of what art means to the next generations.
New creations can now easily go beyond a purely aesthetic artistic endeavor. The Web3 revolution has brought about new functiontionality to these art pieces. In the case of NFTs, it’s not just the collectible part that calls for attention, as the ownership of digital goods can be used in an infinite number of ways.
For an example, just look at how Digital Fashion is booming right now, or how creative and fun digital museums can be. Even some of your favorite videogames and animations have some 3D art in the mix, it’s the perfect tool for creating polished and complex products.
So much has been achieved through the development of 3D art, but there’s still a lot of untapped potential. As the digital world becomes an essential part of our daily lives, its use, role and impact on society as a whole is unimaginable.
Our artists at MUSURE world are incredibly passionate about the 3D art revolution and everything that comes with it, and we all can’t wait to see how else it will evolve. So, why not come along for the ride?
Until next time!