πŸ™ Yazid is Creating Simple, Minimal and Artificially Imperfect NFTs

Get a quick glance of the artist behind Hashed Cities

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If you are into minimalistic and abstract designs that still resemble physical objects or scenes, then you will love Yazid’s work. Like many other creators, the generative artist started his journey on the Tezos blockchain in April 2021 through the hic et nunc marketplace.

Yazid Origins

His work in professional services led him to crypto and eventually into NFTs. That’s when he decided to get his hands dirty by minting to grasp all the concepts behind this emerging technology.

Hashed Cities #95 by Yazid

Hashed Cities #95 by Yazid. One iteration from Yazid’s most famous work.

I work in innovation for financial services and around late 2020 I started to notice a few trends which were starting to converge, such as more mainstream adoption of crypto, and the emergence of new groups of investors and asset classes (such as art, collectibles, or fractionalized assets). My research led me to NFTs and I eventually decided to do what I usually do whenever I want to get a better understanding of something technical, which is to get my hands dirty and actually try it. The fact that I was already familiar with crypto and comfortable with both technology and visual design made it slightly less daunting for me.

You could say Hashed Cities is his most popular generative collection until today. With a total volume of over 16k Tezos (~ $60k) and a market floor of 225 Tezos (~$800), it is one of the most iconic collections on the FxHash marketplace. This series continued his genesis drop on the same platform, titled Hashed Arcs.

Hashed Arcs #163 by Yazid

Hashed Arcs #163 by Yazid This is one piece out of his FxHash genesis collection.

Yazid has been making a daily NFT in a special series

This year, Yazid released a new series called 365. Described as β€œMinimalist representations of each day of the year,” he mints a new piece each day and is sold through open auctions on objkt.com. I wonder for how long will these series run?

365 Collection, #001 by Yazid

365 Collection, #001 by Yazid. This work symbolizes the 1st of January, 2022.

Yazid’s Creative Process

When asked about his creative process, the artist has an open method, where he explores different ideas and sees where they get him. Sometimes, he said, those will not materialize into a final piece, so he saves them for future references or inclusions.

I usually set out by attempting to execute a concept or some kind of imagery by code and just take the process from there. The initial spark of inspiration could be anything from old/traditional artworks to anything visual that I’ve seen really. These explorations don’t always materialize into finished products but there would typically be some kind of function or component that I’d create in the process which would come in handy later. So I’m just amassing these reusable primitive bits and pieces as I go and pull them back up whenever the need arises.

I find this way of designing very interesting. Especially when toiling with code, it might be wise for generative artists to think about β€œcomponents” or β€œmodules” that can later be reused or improved, similarly to building software products.

FxApes by Littlesilver

FxApes by Littlesilver is one example that incorporates Yazid’s Artificial Imperfection. His Hashed Cities series inspired the background.

How Other Creators found inspiration in Yazid’s work

Other creators found inspiration by his particular style and incorporated it into their pieces. For example, M J Lindow mentioned β€œArtificial Imperfection” in the tweet below and attributed the concept to Yazid. The Non-Spaces evolutionary feature from ismahelio was inspired by this idea. Also, FxApes by LittleSilver included attributes like the artificial imperfection on the sun’s background. Finally, Complicare by nichhib included Yazid, among other artists, as his inspiration source.

Complicare by nichhib included Yazid in his inspiration list.

Complicare by nichhib included Yazid in his inspiration list.

M.J. Lindow @mjlindow

I decided to loosen up the lines a bit on this project, to include more "Artificial Imperfection", as @Yazid calls it. #genart #genartclub #Cryptoart #nft

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9:42 PM βˆ™ Dec 10, 2021

Upcoming collection on Art Blocks

When I asked what he is currently focussing on, he pointed out a special algorithm he has been developing since September 2021. The β€œSharpie Bot” has kept Yazid busy for several months, and it seems like it might be dropping very soon (although the platform and blockchain are still TBD).

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Automatism' is inspired by the practice of artists where they are given a writing implement and a blank surface, and they go freestyle, almost mindlessly filling up the space with whatever comes to their minds and out of their hands. I've often wondered where a machine's mind and "hand" would wander given the same opportunity.

The way "Sharp-E" draws the strokes is through a mix of various movements β€” irregular curves, straight lines, sudden changes in direction β€” in a classic random walk algorithm.

So where does your mind wander? What forms do you see?

Twitter avatar for @Yazid

Yazid (.eth / .tez) @Yazid

Oo… This was the look I was looking to achieve generatively with my Sharpie bot! πŸ˜„

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SuperRare πŸ’Ž @SuperRare

Coming soon, Mr Doodle genesis artwork on SuperRare, Monday 27 September πŸ‘€ https://t.co/GhWWFwcC1S https://t.co/VusCbEihXU

7:12 AM βˆ™ Sep 26, 2021

Don’t forget to follow Yazid on Twitter to not miss this exciting new drop.

Until next time,

- Kaloh


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