Good Night Crypto Domino



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The Redlion Gazette is the first NFT weekly publication. Each week, we document all the NFT news and global historic events, which we then curate into interesting and educative articles and content.

The covers are all depictions of the news of that week filtered through the lens of many styles of art.

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The ArtDrops are exclusive NFT art commissions that are available for free to ONLY the Redlion Gazette tokens owners of that week. The aim is to highlight good artistic work and ultimately to aspire artists to want to be featured on the ArtDrop.

憇: Hiroshima

憇 means 'to rest'. The sun beats down, you feel the beginning of an impending orchestra of wind. Halt your travels and glance over the guard rail, taking a rest as a powerful gale flows over you and down the hillside, rousing foliage in the nearby trees.

Kreum is a SuperRare artist from Canada who is passionate about creating pixel-art tilesets and character sprites that focus on Japanese themes.

Good Night Crypto Domino

Week 24 2022 Review

Issue #92 dropped on Sunday 19th June as crypto plumbed new and dismal depths.

There's only one thing to do in the grip of a crypto winter: hibernate. A classic “gn” had to take centre stage but we needed concept art to accompany it. LUNA triggered a cascade of collapses and Celsius had just frozen withdrawals. The markets were falling like dominos. An idea was born.

Before we even got to work, Amal had to test the dynamics in Cinema 4D. Fortunately, the concept worked. He settled on using Adobe Illustrator, inserted a screenshot from the top view camera in Cinema and then created a custom brush style for the placed dominos.

It was then a matter of tracing a path around the dominos, importing back to Cinema and letting the computer place the tiles. A long period of tweaks - manual adjustments, moving/editing lines and adding new tiles - followed, but after running the simulation countless times it was finally perfect. Lastly, Amal added the sweeping camera to capture as much of the domino effect as possible. 

The automated render was an overnight job - it took a “mere” 5 and a half hours!

With crypto in free fall, our lead article posed a simple question: when will it stop? OpenSea’s migration to Seaport Protocol (to cut gas fees) also made the news, along with a breaking story about Celsius suspending withdrawals. 

At least ArtDrop was more serene. ‘憇: Hiroshima’ by Kreum evokes a pastoral scene of blue skies, unbroken sun and sweeping breezes.

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