Creator Spotlight: SKAN
Versus is extremely happy to have the opportunity to host talented digital artist, SKAN, for his first ever NFT drop on June 9th!
Get to know SKAN and his experience as a digital artist below:
This is SKAN’s piece; “The Conductor”, which will be dropping on Versus this Wednesday (June 9th) at 10am EST.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey as a digital artist.
My name is Skan Srisuwan, or in the comic industry known as SKAN. My mission is to create art that turns into different things and formats like games, movies and merchandise. It excites me, every time I see the art I create become something beyond just a drawing. I studied fine arts and then started going towards more digital art. After spending a few years in Singapore to learn and work with many talented international artists, I came back to my home country of Thailand to start my own art studio, “Studio HIVE”, with my partner Kan Supabanpot.
We started in comics, where I’m fortunate enough to have had a chance to work directly with Stan Lee for his Romeo & Juliet the War graphic novel and since then I’m a regular comic cover artist for MARVEL, DC and many more. I’m mostly known for my Venom covers and did the first cover appearance of “Knull” so that’s really awesome for me.
Our studio has been working directly with AAA game studios for concept art and digital assets since the PS3 era. My first project as an art lead was Front Mission Evolved with Square-Enix, and later that series’s spin-off called “Left Alive” where I work directly with my artist idol Yoji Shinkawa. There’s many other awesome projects as well such as “Hearthstone” and an upcoming title “No More Heroes 3” with SUDA51. We’ve also worked on creating the artwork and designs for many different toys and collectibles.
To think that all this started from a few digital artworks I created 18 years ago, feels amazing. It’s great to see how far we’ve come and think where we are heading. I think NFTs will play a role in where we are heading.
What about NFTs excites you as someone who’s done digital art, but never dropped NFTs before?
For me NFT is a new kind of platform for the art world and I want to see how far art can travel through this new found frontier. I can feel that this is the future of digital art.
How exactly do you think that NFTs will change the digital art landscape?
In the past digital art has never had the same value placed upon it as traditional art. This is because traditional art could have only one copy, while digital art couldn’t be scarce. This has changed with NFTs! In my opinion they bring a true sense of ownership and authenticity.
As someone who has experience in both traditional and digital art, I passionately believe that the effort put into and value of both should be equal. It’s amazing to see NFTs finally enable this for digital artists!
I have been working in the digital art industry for over 20 years, I don’t want to miss out on this new page in history.
Tell us a little bit about your piece being auctioned at Versus?
This piece is one of my debut digital artworks I made back in 2005, because back then there weren’t that many digital artists around so this piece was shared in many forums and featured in publications as well. I think this one is extra special not only because it’s one of my first, but I also created this artwork with a trackball mouse and it brings back a lot of memories. It feels fitting to me that one of my first digital artworks will also be my first NFT.
“This was created for a challenge in the cgsociety forum back when I was first trying to learn about digital arts. Thinking back it was crazy that I had so much energy to spend 2 full weeks, day and night, doing this with a trackball mouse. I was introduced to a wacom pen after this and my life changed forever.”
Check out more of SKAN’s work on Instagram here
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