We’ve seen an increase in anime projects after a rise of women-led NFT programs. As you know, I am a huge anime fan. I was happy to witness these new developments in the NFT space . I have met many talented NFT anime artists along my journey, and one of them is LigthenBee.
It is inspiring to see her journey and the progress she has made. From struggling to sell her first piece of art to almost selling out every single one she releases, it was an amazing journey. Her work is made alive by the vivid colors she uses and an element of movement. Her creativity is always amazing and I will be following her progress through this space closely. Let’s go together to the LightenBee world!
Rei Hi LightenBee! Where did your amazing artist name come?
LightenBee It was my online character’s name when I was in highschool. I thought of something like fireflies but forgot the word so I chose LightenBee.
Rei Tell Us a Little More About You!
LightenBee My real identity is Bee. Although my nickname is Peace, I think Bee will be more easy to remember and it will work. I am a Thai chef who graduated from Culinary Arts University. After one year of work, I decided to quit my full time job and follow my dream. This is not about having to work all day.
Rei How did you get started in art?
LightenBee : I began drawing at a young age, in primary school. Even though I remember writing in my future plan that I wanted to be an artist, everyone laughed at me . I was invited by a friend to start a drawing club, and that’s what pushed me to draw more.
For four years, I practiced with a regular mouse. Although I struggled, I found it very enjoyable. After I got a part-time job , I was able to purchase a tablet for drawing. Although it was difficult at first, I was able to master the skills after about two years of practice. My skills improved significantly after I completed NFTs. This might be due to the power of ETH.
Rei: It’s obvious that you are an anime fan, like me! Which sources are you most inspired by when creating your art?
LightenBee There were many anime that inspired and influenced me, such as Madoka Magica (Kill la Kill), Reborn, Toradora and Ano Hana). You guys should be able see the hints from each anime in my art style!
Rei What time do you spend on your art each day?
LightenBee I don’t know about you, but I can sit at my table for 15 hours and draw. Other days I can just lie on my bed and do nothing. It all depends on how I feel. It’s a mystery to me, but I think I’d finish my art in one or two weeks.
Rei Are you looking for a particular vibe with your art?
LightenBee I tell myself a joke about being depressed all the time. I believe it is because of my art. I don’t have the ability to create happy, bubbly art.
Rei: When did you first start making NFTs from your art? What do you think of the NFT journey so far?
LightenBee I began doing NFTs around the middle of September 2021. At first, I was struggling. My first NFTs were done on OpenSea Polygon chain. It took me half a month for my first sale. After that, it was easy. All my NFTs were sold by Japanese collectors, and some are American artists.
After I had gained enough courage, it was time to list my first NFT on Foundation. It was the most disappointing moment in my entire life. My expectations were not met when I didn’t receive the first bid. It was very difficult for me to sell the first FND on FND, so I decided to play a game lol. I tweeted about the game I was playing. Then someone replied that they wanted me to play with them and that if they had enough liquidity they would buy my NFT.
Although I wasn’t sure if they believed me at first, I was able to tell them how to get the game. Then I remembered that I had put my NFT on your tweet, in which you post your favorite tweets from the day. That person who wanted me to play the game replied that they had enough Ethereum. I was shocked to receive the notification from Gmail that informed me that my first bid had been accepted. He was a man I owe millions of thanks. He even helped me create a Discord server. He is always so kind to me. Since then, we have been best friends.
Rei What are your goals in the NFT space and what do you need to accomplish them?
LightenBee Is this your secret okay? I would like to have my NFT of 1ETH trending on FND’s home page or make it a sales. This is embarrassing, lmao!
Rei Who are your favorite artists in the NFT and general world?
LightenBee is Salmon88 my favorite artist. Even though our styles are so different I still love his art!
Rei Where can people find out more about you or your art?