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Drawing Connections: Releasing my first NFTs

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Drawing Connections

"Releasing my first NFTs"
Vol. 1, No. 9, October 2021

Stories Behind the Art

I released my first art pieces as NFTs. What is that you may ask?

It has been difficult for artists producing digital pieces to have their art recognized and their work compensated in a way that reflects the effort they have put into it. NFTs or non-fungible tokens provides an opportunity for artists to sell their work and have their pieces and the related transactions secured within a blockchain.

You may have heard about the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin which is managed using blockchain technology. Many artists are using the Ethereum blockchain or “eth” for their work. An artist can take a digital file (image, audio or video) and add it to the blockchain as a new “genesis” block through a process called “minting”. Once minted, it is on a public ledger and can then be made available for sale to others. Each transaction is tracked within the blockchain as a new block (transaction) which is connected to the previous block and all the way back to the first/genesis block. The buyer/collector that purchases an NFT may decide to resell it but the artist may attach a percentage to each subsequent sale which is typically no more than 10%. This is known as a smart contract and is embedded directly in the blockchain for that art piece. This provides the artist with a secondary income if the interest and value of their art increases.

In the case of visual art, NFTs may be photos of physical works or digital from inception (stills or video). When searching for NFTs on marketplaces like OpenSea and KnownOrigin, you may find a very strong collectible market. There may be a collection that could have 10,000 editions with each having a slightly different appearance increasing the rarity of certain pieces within that collection. Bored Ape Yacht Club and Cryptopunks are examples of this. In my case, I am focused on fine art NFTs with my first collection.

I created a collection of my digital Procreate paintings of butterflies. These will only ever be sold as NFTs and each was created on my iPad from scratch using Procreate and is not a digital manipulation of a photo. I have created 6 butterflies and have 4 editions of each available. You can click on the image or the button below to view the collection and read more about the inspiration behind these pieces.

Digital Emergence Collection on OpenSea
Procreate Paintings - Digital Emergence NFT Collection on OpenSea

NFTs are not going away anytime soon and while there may be bumps on the road, this does provide a sustainable way for artists to make a living. This also provides buyers and collectors access to work from artists they admire that may have been previously unavailable.

Recent Drawing Inspiration Episodes

Here are a couple of the most recent “Drawing Inspiration” podcast episodes. The podcast is available wherever you listen to music.

62: Scientific Illustration, Flying Trilobites and Social Media with Glendon Mellow

58: Discovering Something Special with Nature Journaling

I talk about some recent work, podcast starter packs, and Inktober plans. Artist and writer Glendon Mellow joins the podcast to talk about scientific illustration also know as #sciart. He talks about his journey from a fine art degree, to retail and then writing for Scientific American. Glendon and I talk about the tools of the trade and how being a dad impacts your art. We also talk about finding your ambassador piece. Glendon then provides some helpful information on how to navigate social media as an artist and the importance of online allies.

63: Exploring Curiosity and Nature Journaling with Bethan Burton

59: Turning a Passion into a Tool for Change with Wildlife Artist Sophie Green

I talk about a very special crossover episode of this podcast, Inktober and an NFT drop. Bethan Burton, artist and host of the “Journaling with Nature” joins the show to talk about capturing and documenting the world around us. She talks about fine-tuning your senses and using intentional curiosity to find the hidden secrets at our feet. She then shares her experiences in empowering kids and adults. She also talks about the annual event that was the reason she first started the podcast.

Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, you can support it through Patreon. Your financial support goes directly to the costs associated with recording, hosting, and running the show. I also have some great benefits through all three tiers. You can also support the show by leaving a review within your podcast player as well as sharing the podcast with others.

Support Drawing Inspiration on Patreon

Mike Hendley on Journaling with Nature

Podcast Guest Appearance

I had the privilege of being on the other side of the microphone as a guest with Bethan Burton on her wonderful podcast, “Journaling with Nature”. We talk about my creative journey, my art and the podcast. You can check out the episode here or wherever you listen to podcasts.

What I'm Watching

We just finished the two seasons on Ted Lasso on Apple TV+. Awesome series with great acting and character development. Well worth the time!

I am always looking for great science fiction and found the series Foundation, once again on Apple TV+. Based on the original books by Isaac Asimov, the series feels like a mix of Dune and The Expanse. It has been good but a little slow moving. I am holding my breath that this will develop into a great series.

Online shop and discount code

Visit the my shop at and
use the code FALL2021 for a 15% discount
on any order (excluding NFTs).

Discount code valid to November 15, 2021

Stay safe, take care and keep drawing.


Vol. 1, No. 9, October 2021