I’ve recently been experimenting with AI generated art, and I’ve fallen head over heels with the technology. So much so, that with some help from friends, I’ve created a small limited edition collection called “Cosmic Muffins”….. that’s right… they’re googly eyed adorable works of AI art in NFT form.
The idea is totally for fun, intended to only do good, and share the love of art. This all came about while putzing around on Twitter… I noticed that Rob Sheridan shared a Discord link to this AI tool he had been using called MidJourney. All around the web3 space I had been noticing different types of AI generated art and I was totally compelled to test it… and yes… this was (part of) the result… lol…
Immediately I began to identify the absurdity in this idea (giggling like a fool the whole time). With a nudge from a friend, I started to make more images… my wife and I started to come up with names… ingredients… and what started as 12 became a collection of 60 “Cosmic Muffins”.
With the little free time I had I started creating astronaut imagery… designing a logo… building the website… worked with the dev wizard known as Dillon Lomnitzer… and before we knew it we had a proper minting site ready to go. We picked a mint date and said LFG!
With a mint date set I decided to keep it small and relaxed. I shared the project quietly amongst friends, coworkers, and those I knew in the NFT space. Our little muffins were well received so the adventure began.
Developing the website was a lot of fun. This beauty had to be simple yet elegant. The web3 space doesn’t always have polished experiences and the last thing we should do is deliver a clunky interaction for anyone willing to pay for art. The site was built responsively in React leveraging the power of the Ionic framework. Interactive elements are driven by particles.js and custom CSS by myself. Web3 was implemented to support MetaMask, Coinbase, and WalletConnect crypto wallet providers.
After minting your Cosmic Muffin, the placeholder image was something adorable we called the “Muffin Blob”. This animated space oddity would appear in your wallet before your randomly selected NFT was being “inter-dimensionally baked”. The idea was every 12 minted muffins, we would reveal that “batch” of muffins for our collectors.
We eventually minted all 60 muffins in total, gave a bunch away as free gifts, and revealing the collection was a ton of fun. Everyone loved their muffins, the lore-like meta data, and so the Cosmic Muffins NFT collection was cemented into the blockchain forever. You can view the full OpenSea collection here. Here are a few from the collection :)