A Beginners Guide To Creating NFT Art

Everyone wants to be an NFT artist, it’s a dream job for just about anyone. You sit at your computer, get creative, and you produce some epic content that sells for millions of dollars overnight. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, especially if you don’t know how to create your first NFT art piece. So, how do you create NFT art?

NFT art can be created by anyone who has access to the internet. Simply create a digital item such as; an image, song, video, or anything else — save it as your preferred file, choose your blockchain and marketplace, then mint your token on the blockchain using any of the various marketplaces like Rarible.com and OpenSea. Minting NFT Art is simple and quick.

There are many forms of non-fungible tokens and they aren’t limited to just pieces of artwork. Literally, anything can be made into an NFT. You can take a picture of your wall, mint it on the blockchain, then post it up for sale. It’s really that simple. But we’re here to learn about different ways to create NFT art, not post pictures of your wall.

What Are The Different Types Of NFT Art?

Before making my first NFT art piece, I had no idea what kind of art to create. Naturally, I began to wonder; what are the different types of NFT art you can make? After minting a few of my own NFT art pieces, here’s what I discovered.

There are numerous types of NFT art you can create including, but not limited to:

  • Photography
  • Digital Images
  • Digital and physical paintings
  • Digital and physical drawings
  • GIFs
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Clothing Design

The kind of NFT art you create ultimately comes down to your interests and skill level. If you’re a great photographer, mint your photography pictures; if you enjoy creating music, you can mint your own music album and sell it on a marketplace.

Likewise, if you are a skilled digital artist but your true passion is designing clothes, you can do both! The blockchain is the perfect space to learn a new skill. Considering NFTs and blockchain technology is such a new concept to a majority of people, learning what kind of art you like to create and how to create it, early in the development stage is perfect!

The Cost To Create NFT Art

Although creating your first piece of NFT art is rather simple, it does come with a price. Depending on which blockchain you choose to mint your non-fungible art, the price will vary. So, how much does it cost to create an NFT art piece?

The cost to create NFT art may be as low as $15 and as high as $250 per token minted. This price includes the transaction fee for the blockchain, as well as any additional art design programs and classes you may need to invest in. Here’s a chart that breaks down the cost to create and mint a non-fungible token.

NFT Art ExpensesCost
Blockchain transaction feeEthereum ($10-$100)
Bitcoin ($20-$30)
Art Design ProgramsPiskelappPixel Art (FREE)

CanvaImage and video edit/ design.
(FREE or $10 per month for PRO Version)

Photoshop Photo editing, digital painting, animation, and graphic design. ($20.99 per month)

Rebelle 4Realistic watercolor, acrylic, wet and dry media artwork. ($89.99)

Krita – Professional (FREE) and open-source 2D painting program.
Digital Art ClassesGoogle and YouTube (FREE)
Udemy Classes ($15-$20)
Prices are for reference only.

Some of the costs when creating NFT art are one-time purchase costs, such as Rebelle. Moreover, other costs may be a recurring monthly fee, so make sure you are aware of what you’re signing up for. I recommend starting with the free art creation software options and while you are honing your creative skills, you can take a class or spend time binge-watching how-to videos on YouTube and reading informative blogs on Google.

Choosing whether or not to take a class or use free resources really comes down to your search analysis skills (understanding what you need to learn and learning it) and your time frame. If you’re looking to learn something very specific, use your free resources and take advantage of YouTube. If you’re looking to learn a more general digital art skill, buying a class on Udemy.com may not be a terrible idea.

If you have nothing but time on your hands, try learning as much as you can for free, then invest in yourself once you have soaked up all the free content available on the internet.

Creating Your NFT Art

Creating NFT art couldn’t be easier. Basically, if you can use paint on your computer, take a selfie or a screenshot, then you can create NFT art.

You can create and mint your own NFT art in 4 simple steps:

  1. Pick Your Art Type
  2. Choose Your Blockchain
  3. Create Your NFT Art
  4. Mint Your NFT Masterpiece

1. Pick Your Art Type

The first thing you need to decide when creating your NFT art is what kind of art you’re going to create. Choose whatever your heart desires because you are going to learn as much as you can about the type of art you choose to create. Again, you can choose to make digital paintings, drawings, music, videos, and anything you could ever think of.

2. Choose Your Blockchain

Choosing which blockchain you are going to mint your NFT on is important. Once you mint your NFT on a blockchain such as Ethereum, it can’t be sold on a different blockchain such as Binance Smart Chain. Ethereum is the most widely-used blockchain when it comes to NFT art creation, distribution, and purchasing.

I personally use the Ethereum blockchain, however, that can always change. The NFT space is new so it’s important to understand things can change, and trust me, they will. Assuming you are going to use ethereum as well, I will supply you with the most popular marketplaces.

Here are the most popular marketplaces available on the ethereum blockchain:

When you are minting your first piece of NFT art, try using the beginner markets first; such as Rarible and OpenSea. These markets are easy to signup too, and even easier to post your first NFT masterpiece. While you practice selling on the beginner marketplaces, signup for the more exclusive options like SuperRare and NiftyGateway.

You can experience great success on any of these marketplaces and likely on any blockchain, however, it’s best if you follow the proper steps to becoming a successful NFT artist on the marketplaces. Anyone can create NFT art, but not everyone knows how to sell it…

3. Create Your NFT Art

Now you’re ready to create your NFT. For example’s sake, I will create my own NFT using Piskelapp.

Creating my NFT ART on Piskelapp.

Keep in mind, when you’re crafting your art, try to avoid the unrealistic expectation that your work needs to be perfect. Focus on creating art that expresses yourself and gets your message across to the viewers.

Making your NFT art should be an overall enjoyable experience, otherwise; what’s the point? Regardless of what type of art you decide to produce, the overall process of minting NFT art pieces on a specified marketplace remains the same. Once you’re finished fabricating your digital work, save it to a file where it can be easily accessed.

4. Mint Your NFT Masterpiece

“Pixelated Summer 2021” Created by: AlexWGomezz
NOW AVAILABLE on Rarible.com

The moment you have been waiting for — minting your NFT masterpiece! How does one go about minting an NFT art piece?

Mint your NFT art using a blockchain marketplace such as Rarible and OpenSea. Create an account for free, click the “create” button; then upload your NFT file, fill in required token info including token title, price, description, royalties (where applicable), and properties. Lastly, provide your digital signature and pay the blockchain transaction fee.

After minting your non-fungible token art piece, you can choose to either keep your token collectible in your wallet or post your NFT for sale or auction. Even if you don’t post your NFT for sale, the buyer may still put in a bid on your piece, which you can choose to accept or decline.

Congratulations, you have officially minted your non-fungible artwork! Now you need to work on building your following so you can start selling some of your art.

Is Creating NFT Art Worth It?

There is so much hype around NFTs and NFT art, it can be difficult to decide if creating NFT art is worth your money, time, and effort. Since creating some of my own non-fungible pieces, here’s what I think.

It’s worth creating NFT art if you are an artist of any kind, entrepreneur, hobbyist, or someone looking for something new to learn. Although creating NFT art can be labor-intensive and expensive, your return on investment can also be huge. If you’re even considering creating NFT art, you have already answered your own question.

Some questions I asked myself before creating my first non-fungible token were;

  • Do I enjoy making art?
  • Do I know what to make?
  • Can I afford to make NFT art?
  • Is it easy to do with the resources I have?

After finding the answer to all my questions, I determined I was the perfect test subject for creating NFT art. My recommendation is don’t overthink the question, if you are creative and you want to make an NFT, just do it! The sooner you start, the quicker you become better at creating NFT art.

Top Tips For Creating NFT Art

There is a list of things you need to know before creating your own NFT art, but, with a little research, you can mint your own token in a matter of minutes. With that being said, I want to share with you some of my top tips for creating non-fungible token artwork.

These are some of the top tips to follow when creating your own NFT art:

  1. Start creating your NFT art TODAY
  2. Waste no time perfecting your NFT
  3. Learn to have patience
  4. Mint your artwork late in the evening or early in the morning for cheaper transaction fees
  5. Start building a following for your artwork

1. Start Creating Art Today

The number one most important thing you can do to create non-fungible token art is, START TODAY! Stop wasting time procrastinating and debating if it’s something you should try or not. If you are even considering trying something new, don’t you think that alone is enough to start?

The sooner you start your journey as an NFT artist, the sooner you will be on the right path to success. So, start today, create your art, mint it, and call it a day. Once you go through the initial process once, you will be more likely to continue creating beautiful works of art.

2. Don’t Waste Time Perfecting Your NFT

Wasting all your time on the small details, especially when you’re first starting out; is really not worth your time or effort. Your main focus should be getting comfortable minting your NFT on the various platforms you wish to use, once you feel comfortable navigating the marketplaces, then you can spend more time sculpting your work to near perfection, as well as building up your following.

3. Learn To Have Patience

Learning to have patience is key when creating anything. You need to have patience when learning to create your first digital art piece, also through the actual minting process, and finally, patience when waiting to sell your first item. It may take months to sell your first piece, but once you do, you are hooked! Make it your goal to sell at least one piece of your art within 3 months of starting.

If you don’t succeed, don’t worry. You still have time. You may need to reconsider your social following and how you are building a loyal audience. It may be something as simple as posting your work on social media once per day. All it takes is one person to see that underlying value in your art, whether that be monetary or sentimental value will depend on your ability to speak to your audience and build a community around your work.

4. Mint Your NFT Early In The Morning Or Late In The Evening

Want to save some money on blockchain transaction fees? Then, make sure you mint your NFT either early in the morning, or late at night. The reason being is that blockchain transaction fees are based on the current demand for transacting on the blockchain, hence, minting when fewer people are active on the blockchain results in lower demand, which means lower transaction fees.

5. Start Building A Following For Your Artwork

The last tip I will leave you with is the most important tip, build your following from the beginning. Without a following or some sort of underlying value, your NFT art is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. Look at it this way; if a random person was selling their original art on the street, you aren’t likely to buy it. However, if a famous artist or celebrity was on the street selling their art for the same price, you would buy it in a heartbeat.

The reason for this is supply and demand. The artist offers something limited, which then creates scarcity, which then ramps up demand, ultimately creating value. Without value, all you have is an empty crypto wallet, and no one wants that.

In the big scheme of things, creating non-fungible token artwork is very simple and can be done in a matter of minutes. Create your art, mint it, then sell it. It’s that easy.


Alex is passionate about informing others on Web3 tech. He previously worked for Gary Vee at ONE37pm as his Web3 writer and has written for other media outlets including Voice. Alex is an avid researcher and investor in the Web3 space and strives to help others while keeping a curious mind.

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