Tafy LaPlanche’s portrait work strikes you immediately with a surge of energy that comes from art that has a spontaneity and freshness of style. Her portrait of Leila A Creates has a vibrant approach to the line work and the rich skin tones are accentuated by numerous highlights. Similarly, the colourful background palette and fruit create a sense of joy and freshness that add to the vitality of the artwork.
Tafy’s monochromatic pencil work also retains a great sense of vitality and movement, while providing subtle details that add to the very character of the piece. Tafy’s work never feels laboured in any way, and yet there is detail that draws the eye further into specific areas of the artwork.
I’ve chosen another portrait that exhibits Tafy’s colourful and dynamic approach to portrait painting, but this time there is an animated element that provides colour to the leaves and fruit in the background area of the painting. The incredible skin tones are again complimented with highlights that capture subtle details around the ear, nose and eye.
Tafy’s ‘Mi Gente Dulce’ is accompanied by a wonderful personal story on her Instagram account … but I’d like to encourage you to bid on this animated artwork on Tafy’s Opensea account before it’s gone!
What is your background as an artist in general?
What is your overall process in generating art?
I do a mock up sketch (traditionally but recently digitally) and then I paint in acrylic or oil on canvas.
How would you describe your art in your own words?
Dope portraits for the unique individual
Favourite artists / influences?
Bisa Butler. Kehinde Wiley. Rembrandt. Vermeer.
How did you discover the new blockchain world of Crypto Art and NFTs in general?
I feel that if you know one artist you’ve heard about NFTs. It’s at the forefront of a progressive art world.
Has the digital nature of cryptoart NFTs changed how you approach your art practice?
Yeah for sure. As a traditional artist I never really saw digital as a medium of interest for a while. And now I’m learning things such as simple animation and 3D programs. So it’s all very intriguing.
What if anything, has surprised you about this new area of art practice?
The ability to collect such work and the endless possibilities.
How would you like the field of cryptoart and nfts to evolve over time?
I’m really curious on how this space can help communities. To be able to partner with charities and have that art sold, to add crypto in their wallets.
How can access and information to this new field of art practice be encouraged?
A lot of people are curious about this field and just helllllaaaaa confused. I just think there needs to be a beginners guide thats very simplistic accompanied by a ‘how to’ video almost. It needs to be approached like NFTs for dummies in a way. We are in an age of looking up guides and video tutorials. The curiosity is already there – its just the receiving of information that needs to be tweaked.