Procedural generation is a defining feature of the NFT metascape, machines dreaming of undreamt art and animals, riding along rails of randomness. While it’s inarguably fascinating to find the cast of characters that emerges when we put different kinds of hats onto cacti, Ether Cards is expanding the boundaries of what procedurally generated art can be.
Ether Cards worked with over a dozen of the world’s top digital artists, a roster handpicked by legends in the space like Tony Herrera, to explore the intersection of procedural generation, craft, and collaboration.
Each artist was asked to design their perfect Ether Card: a five-layer composition meant to adorn the front of a card, with some loose parameters defined for each layer. For example, the first layer was meant to be the background of the image, the fifth layer an object representing the centerpiece of the card.
The work produced by these artists was incredible – see some examples below.
What happened next was even more remarkable. The Ether Cards team took these individual works of art, separated the layers, tossed a few more possibilities into the mix (these uncredited layers are called “common” layers in the Ether Cards ecosystem), and produced “accidental collaborations” between these fantastic artists that represent the next evolution of generative artwork.
These accidental collaborations are included on all 10,000 Ether Cards NFTs: on the front 9,000 Founders cards and on the back of 900 Alpha, 90 OG, and 10 Creator cards.
Perhaps coolest of all, cardholders will be able to leverage the dynamic nature of Ether Cards NFTs, using both on-card traits like Reforge and Synthesis Ritual as well as $Dust, the currency token of the Ether Cards platform, to continue to further shape and refine the art on their card.
Some brave trailblazers have in fact already used the Ether Cards Forge to transfer art layers between cards, crafting Perfect cards where each layer comes from the same artist or simply creating masterpieces that suit their own vision.
It’s also worth mentioning that a cardholder can adhere the name of their accidental collaboration to the blockchain for all eternity with the True Name trait.
This type of generative artwork drives exciting, and otherwise undiscovered, collaborations between incredible artists, and the technology of the Ether Cards platform allows cardholders to continue to develop and refine the artwork of their NFT. Ether Cards is an innovative, utility-focused project utilizing NFT technology, and it should be no surprise that its artwork pushes the limits of what generative artwork can be.
This post is by a community member and does not reflect the official opinion or position of Ether Cards. Any opinions mentioned in this post are of the author and not Ether Cards.