Those who have been in the NFT community for a long time know specific trends in drawing collections. And it often happens that many collections with similar art can appear in a short period. In the field of NFT art, everything works so that someone sets trends, and then other projects pick them up and make their art based on the trend.
Collections, whose art is analogous to trend projects, are called derivatives. In today’s article, we will analyze the current trends in crypto art and tell you about the most famous derivative collections!
1. Bored Art – BAYC Derivatives
Bored Ape Yacht Club, the very first NFT collection in history, was created on Ethereum and still holds the top 1 in terms of sales! Despite its age, collections are still created based on BAYC art and often fly to the top.
BAYC has 2 main trends that have survived to this day:
1) Bored Art – creating “characters who are bored.” Characteristic fatigue on their face or simulated emotions stand out.
The most famous Bored Art collection is Solana’s DeGods, one of the few on our list that didn’t drop in 2022 but still found its peak of popularity this year.
Moreover, the creators of DeGods themselves directly state that they planned to be a derivative of BAYC, but instead, they created original art.
However, in addition to them, another popular Bored Art collection was released in 2022 – this is Okay Bears. But they were able to distinguish themselves from BAYC much more than DeGods.
A small list of medium collections with Bored Art:
- Oak Paradise ;
- Rare Apepe ;
- Ukiyo ;
- Communi3 Mad Scientists;
2) Ape – fashion for monkeys.
It doesn’t need many words. This is probably the most crucial trend in all NFT Art existence. Every 5th collection uses monkeys in their drawings, and BAYC set the trend for this. There are many analogs of Yacht Club with monkeys.
Let’s list the main Ape – collections now:
- Solana Monkey Business;
- Primates ;
- Trippin’ Ape Tribe ;
- Jikan Studios ;
And this is less than 1% of all collections with monkeys in the title role!
2. 3D Avatars – CloneX Derivatives
Like in real life, everyone in the metaverse wants to look pretty. CloneX set out to create high-quality 3D avatars that can be used anywhere. For example, you can stream or host a zoom meeting using your avatar.
And thus, they set the trend for the creation of 3D avatars. Especially in 2022, when the metaverses are becoming more and more popular, quite a few collections of avatars are being dropped. And here are some of them:
- Sachi ;
- FLUF World;
- Meta Crew;
Speaking in general, there is now a fashion for creating 3D models as art for NFT collections. But unlike many projects, 3D avatars have the excellent utility of commercializing their character anywhere.
3. Anime art – Azuki derivatives
Anime-style drawing is a prevalent type of art in real life and has also become a trend in the NFT field. But expressly, the vector of drawing and style was set by Azuki!
And their style is regularly used in modern collections. And often, it comes to users very much. Here are some famous anime-themed NFT collections:
- ON1 Force;
- Akuma Origins;
- HAKI NFT;
- Ragnarok Meta;
Anime collections are exciting to follow because they often create a whole universe of their characters, which is released into a manga or even an anime where you can participate! Therefore, they cause a stir in the NFT community.
For example, you can appreciate the world of Azuki and feel like a hero in a manga. Items in Azuki World are interactive and allow you to learn more about the history of the characters.
Thanks to today’s article, you have learned about the main trends in the NFT community, and it will be easier for you to evaluate drops. Since the ability to understand trends in the field of crypto-art is a paramount quality! At the very least, knowing the trending collections by ear will help you distinguish worthy drops from the mass of others.
But it is essential not to forget that drawing is not the main component of every NFT collection; you need to pay attention to the utilities or technical products offered. Also, derivative collections do not always succeed and are often “fake” original projects.