Astar network, a smart contract platform for multichain activities, has now announced its partnership with the legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano for the creation and release of an exclusive NFT collection on the Astar blockchain.
Summary About Yoshitaka Amano
Yoshitaka Amano is a renowned Japanese artist responsible for iconic artwork that includes Speedracer, Sandman: The Dream Hunters cover art, and, most prominently, Final Fantasy.
“Without a doubt, Yoshitaka Amano is a legendary artist in the 21st century. I am very honored to be able to work with him and host his first NFT on Astar Network,” said Sota Watanabe, founder, and CEO of Astar Network, in the partnership announcement.
Yoshitaka is a pioneer artist in creating fantasy worlds. He coined most of his ideas of the fantasy worlds from his interests in western culture. His unique Japanese art style is widely admired and appreciated across the globe.
“For people to see and appreciate my work is a bonus. It makes me want to draw even more. That was already the case when I was a child, and it hasn’t changed ever since,” said Yoshitaka Amano.
Mr. Amano’s alluring artworks have resulted from his collaborations with over 20 authors, leading to the successful creation and sales of illustrated books. The partnership now with Mr. Amano and Twin Planet has made Astar Network the go-to blockchain network for professional artists willing to create, auction, and reveal their valuable artwork.
Partnership With Astar Network
Thanks to the partnership with Astar network, this is the first time Mr. Amano’s fantasy worlds and characters will finally come to life on blockchain technology. His art can now resonate with more people in the blockchain industry, including with projects and communities of the Astar network.
Additionally, this partnership symbolizes the beginning of Astar Network’s partnership with Twin Planet to help professionals in the fine arts industry mint their digital assets on a trusted and secure network and also help expose their art to the public. For context, Twin Planet is the talent management firm representing Yoshitaka Amano and other famous artists in the industry.
With this partnership, Astar Network will now be in charge of Yoshitaka Amano’s Candy Girl artwork, a young and alluring sensational art collection that features 108 angels. The art is modern and appealing to media applications, including the already inspiring clothing design at “Tokyo Girls Collection 2017” and high fashion at Mitsukoshi Ginza’s “Discover Tokyo” event.
The Astar network will also build a Web3 entertainment platform for the Candy Girl collection to establish in its ecosystem and branch of new galleries, entertainment, or design. Thus, NFT ownership of fine art will directly correlate with the real-world utility of the partnership. According to the announcement, the Candy Girl art collection will lead the way for Japanese content creators to have ownership of their art, music, and stories.
Notably, the creation of this limited edition NFT collection on the Astar network is not only crucial to Japan but also to Astar’s vision to bring the East closer to the West, fine art to blockchain technology, and also to present international leaders to the Web3 world.
About Astar Network
Astar Network is The Future of Smart Contracts for Multichain. Astar Network supports the building of dApps with EVM and WASM smart contracts and offers developers true interoperability with cross-consensus messaging (XCM). We are made by developers and for developers. Astar’s unique Build2Earn model empowers developers to get paid through a dApp staking mechanism for their code and dApps they build.
Astar’s vibrant ecosystem has become Polkadot’s leading Parachain globally, supported by all major exchanges and tier 1 VCs. Astar offers the flexibility of all Ethereum and WASM toolings for developers to start building their dApps. To accelerate growth on Polkadot and Kusama Networks, Astar SpaceLabs offers an Incubation Hub for top TVL dApps.