This digital creator donated $2,000 to a local dog shelter – thanks to NFTs

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When a DC-based digital artist Vincent Croper First thought of breaking into the NFT game, he started from a simple philosophy: everything is better with dogs.

After leaving a day job at AT&TCropper started looking into stocks before he came across top-shotthe National Basketball Association producer of NFT-based digital trading cards. This experience brought him to the NFT market. From there he found OpenSeawhich is home to many digital art NFTs from artists around the world, and decided to create a dog-focused project: moon dogs.

“What’s really cool about the NFT space is that it just gives artists a way to express themselves and make money without necessarily needing a huge sponsorship or a gallery d ‘art,” Cropper said. Technically.

For Cropper, who says he always wanted to be an artist but adds that his cousin learned all the skills in drawing, digital art has brought a new opportunity for creativity. Inspired by the moon cats project, he decided to create his own NFT pet – with the twist of donating some of the proceeds to real pets. His 44-pixel art moondogs, which Cropper largely created in photoshop but feature accessories from other digital artists, are bought and sold with Ethereum. They were posted last August and sold out in about a month. In the end, Cropper took home around $35,000 in profits and donated $2,160 to Lucky Dog Animal Shelter in DC.

A moon dog. (Courtesy picture)

Cropper, who is a dog lover, said adding the donation aspect (10% of profits from a Moondogs “adoption” goes to the shelter) is a great way to shine a positive light on the NFT world.

“I just thought it was a really unique way for NFTs to actually help something outside of what you see in the news, which is, ‘Oh, NFTs are just the new Baby Hat or whatever,” Cropper said. “But there are actually some really cool people in space building technology.”

To keep them unique, Cropper also offered voxel cars – which can be driven in the metaverse – to original buyers. Moondogs can be resold by buyers after purchase, but Cropper said he won’t be making any more for this project to keep them rare and unique.

Instead, he’s been working on a few other NFT projects with friends from Decentology, a blockchain community. They are working on a manga with NFT options for merchandise and more, which they hope to try out and eventually animate.

He is also working on an NFT studio for digital artists, where Cropper will lead in-person blockchain events and sessions and help other artists turn their work into NFT, as well as gain community engagement.

With the ease of turning an online work of art into an NFT (OpenSea lets you download for free in exchange, if someone is sold, for a portion of the profits), he thinks NFT spaces can be a great place to that artists get started. With everything online and accessible to anyone with a computer, he believes this marketplace offers artists who don’t live in metropolitan areas or have ties to IRL galleries something unique. Instead, they can make the Internet their gallery, he said.

“I really love seeing all of these artists come together in one space and not having to fight for just enough food to survive,” Cropper said. “It’s just a lot more open for artists and they have a lot more control.”

Given the positive artistic and charitable possibilities of NFTs, Cropper hopes he can help change the conversation and put technology in a positive light. In the future, as he also sees other utilitarian aspects such as NFT licensing flourish, he hopes his studio and NFTs can be a place where artists can grow together while looking back.

“Hopefully it can come back and show people there’s a silver lining to NFTs,” Cropper said. “You can actually have a vision and donate to charity, and actually help the world around you, through this medium of art.”

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