DeltaSauce is a visionary artist who carved his niche in the digital art world in 2021, merging traditional sculpting and woodworking skills with modern AI technology. His art reflects a deep appreciation for the transformative power of technology, echoing a blend of modernism and classicism.
In early 2005, he embarked on his creative journey, drawing inspiration from his father’s passion for art and a desire to strengthen their bond. Delta’s artistic influences extend to prominent figures such as Jim Buckels, David Hockney, and Edward Hopper, shaping his unique style.
As a full-time artist, Delta uses his art as a form of escape and relaxation and a means of connecting with others. Many of his pieces capture moments or objects frozen in the past, evoking a sense of nostalgia or familiarity akin to rediscovered memories.
With a steadily growing community of supporters and a growing list of notable collectors, Delta aspires to gain recognition for himself and his chosen artistic medium within the broader art world. He recently gained prominence for his project “Views,” with over 124 ETH traded in less than 24 hours.
Every week, nft now’s Next Up unveils a new artist from our curated list of ascendant talents who have been making significant waves throughout Web3. This week, we’re excited to explore DeltaSauce’s journey as an AI wordsmith, digital artist, and “curator of nostalgia.”
nft now: How did you first become interested/involved in digital art?
Delta: Around 2021, I got into digital art, mainly doing abstract work based on photos I took around my area before finding out about AI Art. I became interested in the space, due to how open the community was to newcomers.
How would you describe your art?
I would describe my art as a form of liminal space that meets nostalgic views. It’s this affinity for past events, and how calming these memories are that mean the most to me as an artist. We live in a time where there is so much noise, that I often find myself wanting to escape into art as a form of solitude.
What’s your process like? And where do you usually find inspiration?
I typically find inspiration in my own memories, as well as old commercials and home video tapes. As for my process, it’s dependent on the piece I am working on. I typically start with a background piece, either using Midjourney or StableDiffusion to create before pulling it into Photoshop.
When in Photoshop, I will collage other pieces of work I’ve done. If I need a coffee cup, I have a library of coffee cups made to pull into the scene. This has also expanded into inpainting specific items into the work as well as using different programs. I’ve also begun to paint over my work by hand in some of my newer pieces, I think this is a valuable skill to work on, and I want to develop this as time goes on.
I’ve found the post-process part of the creative process the most fun, because it reminds me of my woodworking and sculpting days. Being handed a lump of clay or a pile of wood and being told to make something of it.
What are the biggest challenges facing rising artists in web3?
I would say the noise is a big issue, there are quite a bit of narratives being spun about what is the best way to gain success, or even people saying what the definition of success even is. At the end of the day, it is up to the artist to determine what is success to them, and what they aim to build to achieve it.
What advice do you have for rising artists in this space?
I would definitely say put more focus on your own art and what you are trying to accomplish. Comparison to others will end up causing more harm and resentment. Do what you love, put passion first and continue to do so even when you find that success.