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Weekly HUG #0050: Custom Artwork & Emergent Artists

Be the first to collaborate with and collect art from the leading creators of tomorrow

🤗 At HUG, we believe curation is the future of the creator economy. That's why we've curated the most important news and updates on what we're doing, building, and perfecting just for you!

Collaborate With Your Favorite Creators

After traversing from Lagos, Nigeria to sunny California— HUG’s Head Curator recently welcomed home a custom artwork from HUG Artist Silas Abrifor! NFTs provide the opportunity for artists to diversify their offerings to collectors, with the commissioned NFT for Abrifor’s piece, PEACE CULTURE, coming with the added benefit of being a physical artwork.

Are you interested in collaborating with and collecting art from emergent artists? HUG Artist Profiles connect collectors to creators open for commissions and allows them to submit their requests directly. Whether you want to treat yourself or give a one-of-a-kind gift, HUG is here to help. Browse diverse art from diverse creators and click through to their profiles to start the conversation today.

How Dynamic Are Your Digital Dinner Plans?

We are thrilled that share that HUG is an official partner in Async Art’s Forever Supper! HUG’s expansion pack, A Round of HUGs for the Table, features artwork from jprittee and will be available as a free claim for a limited time.

Forever Supper is the biggest, ongoing digital art collaboration. This is Async Art's first Dynamic Blueprint collection, a homage to First Supper, the world's first programmable, dynamic NFT that was minted in 2020. This collection allows for a completely new way to create, collect, and interact with NFTs.

Everyone starts with an empty room. Over time, Async will release different backgrounds, decor, and characters called Expansion Packs for collectors to pick and decorate their room with. How you customize your room is entirely up to you. Make it your story.

HUG’s Homepage Celebrates #AAPI Month

In honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, you can now find Asian Artists highlighted on HUG’s homepage. Be sure to explore HUG’s growing library of diverse creators for you to support and celebrate all year long.

Oh, and some added alpha? You can earn HUG Points from every single review you write. However, every month HUG rewards our most prolific reviewer with $50 USDC! Last month’s winner was Maleha Arif. Will you be our next?

Nice to meet you, Nhefertiti!

Every month, Meta Angels partners with Adobe to commission a piece from an underrepresented, emerging artist. We’re thrilled to introduce Nhefertiti, our May Artist-in-Residence.

Nhefertiti is a digital illustrator with a background in architecture whose works explore themes of femininity, inner worlds, and feelings. We look forwarding to sharing her creative past and creative practice with our community over the next month! Until then, be sure to visit her HUG profile to explore her portfolio and leave a thoughtful review.

Perennials & Lessons in Persistence

Minting is open for the commission from our April Artist-in-Residence jprittee aka Jack! Jack is a designer & 3D illustrator that is on a mission to spread joy and make Web3 a more inclusive place. Jack created this work as a gift to our community and as a tribute to the first NFT he minted one year ago, Perennial Pals.

"Perennials are the most enduring and persistent of flowers, blooming year after year. This is a fitting metaphor for all of the artists that have continued to create, grow, and thrive through the bear markets, crypto winters, and numerous other hurdles presented to us on a daily basis. As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers – and while this rainstorm may seem never-ending at times, as long as we nurture and support each other this garden of ours will continue to flourish."

jprittee, Artist-in-Residence

Gas fees got you down? Pepecoin has taken Ethereum transaction fees to a 12-month high. In light of this, we’re extending the claim window for this free mint through next week to ensure it’s accessible to every art collector.

Innovation Laboratory Prepares for Launch

Our very first Innovation Laboratory has come to a close!

More than 40 independent creators have completed the debut Innovation Laboratory at HUG Studios, a two-week program aimed at fostering creativity and innovation. The first course centered around NFT burning mechanics, with participants receiving real-time guidance on strategy, technical aspects, and marketing, in addition to complimentary minting support from our partners at Heymint.

As the course has now come to an end, these innovators are gearing up to launch their art using these new burn mechanics! It will be exciting to see how they apply their newfound knowledge and get creative with their work.

Learn Entrepreneurship From Experts

​How can you effectively grow your business in 2023 using innovative creator tools?

​Join HUG Studios, Virtualness Founder Kirthiga Reddy, and social media influencer Cassandra Bankson for a free webinar as they discuss how to build a closer relationship with your followers and superfans.

​Whether it’s selling digital goods paired with physical products, getting to know your thousand true fans, or the future of earning meaningful income through digital goods - you’ll walk away with actionable strategies to begin interacting with the latest innovative tools to further engage with your community.

Bonus? ​Participants in this webinar will gain special access to win 50 VIP slots to be the first users on the Virtualness platform.

The Latest in AI Art with Creator Royalties

Midjourney5 Prompt used: Kodak disposable camera photo of a group of young Indian kids gathering around the spice stands at a crowded Indian street market, golden hour - ar 16:9

Since Creator Royalties’ first issue on AI in January, developments in AI have only continued to accelerate. And while there has been much discussion around AI's disruptive capabilities, the advancements in AI art tools have continued to spark the most thought-provoking conversations about what it means to be human — in an age where technology is blurring the line between man and machine.

Read this week’s edition and subscribe to Creator Royalties, as we help you get caught up on the latest development in AI art tools, and how AI can help to take your creative work to the next level.

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