My name is ZIMMA, the director of FACTO.
This project is an article that explains the artist's career and work as an opportunity to get to know FACTO's artists deeply.
The artist this time is Onigiriman, who joined in November last year.
I will explain his career as an illustrator and NFT artist and the points of his paintings in my own way.
Please watch till the end.
[What is Onigiriman? ]
An illustrator who lives in Tokyo and is active mainly in the Kanto region.
POP and colorful illustrations are characteristic, and works of cute girls are being developed.
He is a popular young artist who mainly works as an NFT* artist, and many collectors in the area own his works.
*What is NFT?
Abbreviation for non-fungible token.
It means digital data with an unforgeable appraisal/ownership certificate. It will be long if I talk about it, so please search for details on NFT etc.
He has been drawing pictures as a hobby since he was a student, and entered the cryptocurrency world. From there, I was spending my time receiving work such as icon illustrations.
From March 2021, he started his activities as an NFT artist in earnest, and his popularity has skyrocketed since his work was exhibited at Opensea (NFT Market) in September.
Through various projects, collaboration works, word of mouth by influencers, etc., the total transaction volume exceeds 100 ETH (currently 21.14 million yen in Japanese yen) in just one month.
After that, he achieved 200 ETH (42.28 million yen) in 2 months and 300 ETH (64.56 million yen) in July 2022, and his NFT works are still popular.
Volume traded exceeded 300ETH!! ️— Onigiriman ⛩🍙⛩ onigiriman1998.eth (@onigiriman1998) July 6, 2022
The crypto market is on the decline, but we were able to come this far thanks to everyone's support! ️ Thank you so much 🙇♂️🙇♂️🙇♂️
Thank you for your continued support of 🍙Manto Nigi-chan!! ️ https://t.co/OVh0txCAk4pic.twitter.com/rHPz1BeAxP
In addition, many fans visited the first solo exhibition “First Time” held from February 21, 2023, and the first solo exhibition was a success, with works and goods sold out one after another.
Onigiriman's first solo exhibition "First time" has ended successfully!! ️To all the fans who came to see us, to everyone who bought the work, to everyone who helped us carry it in and out, and to our daughter-in-law and younger brother who helped with the operation.— Onigiriman ⛩🍙⛩ onigiriman1998.eth (@onigiriman1998) February 26, 2023
Thanks to everyone involved, it was a great exhibition! ️ Thank you so much!! ️ pic.twitter.com/1Z2MDD5jRy
[Explanation of the work]
From here, I tried to summarize the appealing aspects of his work into three categories based on my dogmatic and prejudiced opinions.
(1) Use of colors
The first thing that catches your eye is the color scheme.
Vivid colors are difficult to work with and tend to make paintings noisy.
However, I think that his work is very easy to see as a single picture and is conscious to be finished in a work that is easy to remember.
② Lines that feel the flow
His paintings are often drawn firmly with the main line.
In general illustrations, wrinkles on hands and clothes are not drawn clearly and have the impression that they look beautiful.
However, he makes the wrinkles themselves feel fluid and the work feels good.
③ line of sight
It depends on the work, but basically the eyes of the woman he draws are facing this way.
Is it appealing to something, or is it fascinated? Although it is a work of fiction, one of the charms of his work is that it makes you feel as if your girlfriend is right in front of you.
Besides that, he has a strong inquisitiveness and curiosity about painting, and the speed of producing works is fast.
In the future, I hope that more works will be released with better drawing skills and senses.
How was that?
I hope that reading this article will give you an opportunity to sympathize with and like his work even a little.
Currently, his reproduction original drawings are on sale at FACTO ONLINE SHOP until March 13, 2023 (Monday). I don't think there are many opportunities to actually get his work, so please consider this opportunity.
Click here for Onigiri Man special online exhibition sales
* Sales period: Until 23:59 on March 13th
FACTO also sells his stickers all the time.
The more stickers you buy, the more you support the artists, so please check them out.
Click here for a list of Onigiriman products
If you are interested in him, please check the latest information on SNS.
Click here for Instagram
Thank you for watching until the end.