Kitana Gallery is an NFT collection gallery for artists starting projects on OpenSea and Rarible. They recently conducted a Twitter poll asking on which blockchain their next project will be cast.

Which chain should I cast my next project on?

– KitanaGallery.eth ๐Ÿงช๐Ÿค (@KitanaGallery) January 21, 2022

BSV won in a landslide with 83% of the votes cast with over 1,300 votes. The founder of Kitana Gallery, the artist behind the Gopniks project. Claudia Varduvescu Also known as Headscarf . I caught up with her to talk about the current NFT space and Kitana Gallery's next mint, the Based on hot girls .

Can you describe what Kitana Gallery is and how it was founded?

Claudia Vaduvescu: Kitana Gallery is a passionate project that started 10 years ago as a way to promote digital art (there was no NFT at the time). I have always been passionate about 3D art and digital art, but the art industry has always reserved digital art as a viable medium, with problems of copy and paste and file deterioration (Hito Steyerl has written a lot about this) .

Over the years, Kitana Gallery has built relationships with creators and professionals around the world, and in the last year I have begun to shift my projects to NFT. Now that NFT is culturally validated, it will be easy for an entity like Kitana to add artists and creators to the platform, allowing them to fully own and benefit from their work.

Kitana is here to help integrate their work into this medium and make it easier to make the transition. Ultimately, the killer application for NFT is empowerment, and just like cryptocurrency is digital cash, tokens are the financial track for ideas.

Why did you decide to start a project on BSV from Ether (OpenSea, Rarible)?

Claudia Vaduvescu: BSV seems to be a viable option, and as more and more chains open their marketplaces to ETH, it's starting to see some real competition. Blockchains like BSV create opportunities for creators to enter the market regardless of their financial situation, which really isn't the case for blockchains like ETH, where gas fees sometimes reach crazy numbers.

BSV is the closest thing to how real-life transactions happen and the community is fantastic in supporting new artists entering the space. There's almost no doubt about it, especially if you're already minting on ETH or Tezos to showcase your brand or art to the BSV ecosystem.

Why did you choose RelayX and RUN as the platform and token protocol to launch Based Babes?

Claudia Vaduvescu: For me, it seemed like the easiest way to connect with the community, because the marketplace on RelayX is open and available to anyone. I believe using Relay's onboarding artists will make future development of the project much easier.

I can explain in very simple steps how to set up your wallet, take out funds and create your first project, which allows artists to easily focus on building their audience and getting their work up the chain. In my opinion, this would be the first step, but NFT can be more than just art, and it will be interesting to see how creators start to incorporate utilities into their projects.

RUN makes this very easy because there are so many developers and it is becoming faster and easier to provide a great experience for buyers and sellers. Another aspect that keeps me focused on Relay is the simple fact that unlike other BSV NFT platforms, any creator is able to cast and publish in a short amount of time, which I think better captures the true dynamics of the market I've seen a lot of people take advantage of existing trends almost immediately with their mints.

Are Based Babes randomly generated and uniquely crafted and drawn?

Claudia Vaduvescu: Yes, the entire series was generated from 142 hand-drawn elements using an 8-layer system, where the algorithm layers each layer on top of each other in a specific order to create the final image. In the generation part, the algorithm has a way of not repeating the elements, thus making each 1234 version completely unique.

I'd really like to add more BSV knowledge and general cryptocurrency knowledge to the collection (e.g. @egglrd kindly suggested adding eggs, so I did) as well as focusing on the topic of collections, namely women in cryptocurrency. The goal was to merge all of these and produce something very unique for the community.

Can you talk about how NFT is usually randomly generated?

Claudia Vaduvescu: You can create randomly generated NFTs using JavaScript, I personally use Visual Code Studio. The code part relies on including certain aspects such as generating metadata and using all layers/elements in the correct order to ensure that the final image is not duplicated. Rarity is created using weighted random selection (JS).

There is a lot of documentation easily found on the web about generating sections. For the art part of my use of Clip Studio EX, the production element requires you to think in layers and double check that everything is working. Since I started doing NFT, I've had to learn how to juggle being an artist and a coder, but it gets easier with practice.

Does Based Babes have utility?

Claudia Vaduvescu: I have some ideas on how to add utilities to Based Babes and merge them with my other projects, but we don't want to use them as a selling point. For now, we will focus on several ways to reward holders and initial backers.

Invisible drop? ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

-Based on Baby (@BasedBabesNFT) January 31, 2022

You recently made fun of a "stealth launch". Can you talk about the difference between conducting a stealth launch and a highly publicized communications launch from a marketing perspective?

Claudia Vaduvescu: Well, it really depends on the scope of your project, the invisible launch takes some of the pressure off and removes the ill effects of FOMO. It is welcomed from time to time as a breath of fresh air and it also rewards active community members who turn on their notification bell or are looking to buy at mint prices.

In my opinion, launching your project stealth style is very similar to being whitelisted for ETH presales. Based on our previous experience, over-hyping is vulnerable to different "abuse" vectors for the average person who may only want to mint one or two, and early hype is certainly better for a quick sell-out, but in the long run, overuse can cause damage once the music stops, or expectations clash with reality and fall. Under-promise and over-deliver.

Does Based Babes have any interoperability with other Kitana Gallery projects or Gopniks?

Claudia Vaduvescu: I can't comment on this at the moment, but it's something I've been thinking about. Kitana Gallery's supporting artists will benefit from this process, and it may expose buyers to airdrops for future projects. The development of interoperability will be done in real time based primarily on interest from the community.

Criticism of Web3, NFT and digital currencies in general is heating up in light of the low cryptocurrency prices in early 2022. Do you think there is a bubble in the NFT market?

Claudia Vaduvescu: NFT is solving a problem that is very salient for any creator in digital media, and I think they have the potential to evolve the entire cryptocurrency and real-world landscape in terms of bridging more real-transaction use cases.

We are now seeing the applicability of NFT to creators, with the digital arts industry being the first to profit from it, but this year gaming and music are also accelerating. I believe that over time we will start to see more industries using NFT to explore their true potential. It's definitely a transition we're going through right now, and I think everyone will have a better understanding and feel for NFT within 3 to 5 years.

Looking back at what is being built now, many might say things could have been done better or differently. As always, hindsight is 20/20; I'm sure we're under some form of bubble right now, but every technology or medium suffers from abuse, fraud and opportunism as it is adopted on a large scale.

Recently, another CoinGeek contributor, Patrick Thompson, wrote an article saying, "Digital art NFT is over." What are your thoughts on this in light of the upcoming launch of Based Babes?

Claudia Vaduvescu: Well, I think it really depends on the context in which that article was written. I think the title is fairly broad, and that's one thing I can comment on. Buyers need to really understand the market before they buy a project, and expecting to take a bite out of all the art projects they buy is a very poor investment strategy, no matter how big or small the hype of the project is.

Coming from an artistic background where "real art" takes years or decades to fully mature to the crazy prices you see in real auctions, it's really about time and the context in which the art was created, and these things determine how it will be looked back on in the future.

This is why projects like Gopnikz can really appreciate in value over the next few years, along with Frog Cartel, Oni Society, etc. NFT buyers are effectively art collectors at this stage of the market, and you need to understand that what you are buying is a pledge to the future of a particular community, idea, and the health of the business and transaction.

BSV in particular allows people to trade, create and build at the highest speed of any chain currently available, which is the main thing that has me so interested in it at the moment.

How important is it to maintain the community around NFT during and after the initial sale?

Claudia Varduvescu: Very much Community is a channel to maintain and grow a market, and it's important to invest a little time as a creator to maintain relationships with buyers. I think people underestimate the value of building community, and it should be seen as a natural extension of any project you want to create.

Based Babes is another pixel art NFT, and you have also done a pixelated version of Gopniks. Why do you think pixel art NFTs are so popular (i.e. CryptoPunks)?

Claudia Vaduvescu: I personally think pixel art is making a comeback due to nostalgia. As a creator, it's a simple and easy medium that can provide you with a way to quickly flesh out ideas.

In the NFT space, CryptoPunks (because they were so early in the field) set the standard for pixel art to become a viable medium. Again, this has to do with the way the art market works in general, where the older something is the more valuable and influential it can be passed on to future communities.

Also, CryptoPunks can't be boiled down to just pixel art, they really set the current standard for how collections are built, and their rare figures are still the standard that most NFT projects use when building collections. They have apes, zombies, aliens, and I guess to some extent are included in Based Babes.

Thank you Claudia for taking the time to answer my questions about the Kitana Gallery, Based Babes and the current climate of the NFT space. I hope readers learn more about this project.

Protect your foundation baby immediately.

This article has been slightly edited for clarity and grammatical purposes.

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