About Erphan Malek
Erphan (@ErphanMalek) is an Iranian game, animation and Illustration artist.
Malek started his career at the age of 18 by designing backgrounds and characters for animated series. Later, he gradually became interested in illustration.
Having Bachelor of Arts and Animation degrees, Malek has worked in different roles such as character designer, environmental artist and UI Designer.
How would you describe your work?
Most of my work focuses on the deep feelings and sorrows of human beings. I usually use desaturated & grayscale colors with rusty textures in my illustrations. I am often inspired by the emotions I have experienced and I would love to find beauty inside of grief.
I also have many different art styles and I love to illustrate nature and animals too. Some of them are very color full and it’s some kind of paradox in my artwork Illustrating colorful nature & animals is paradoxically my other art style, which I enjoy doing.
How did you get started with NFTs?
About a year ago, I stumbled upon one of the platforms by chance, but I did not know how to sell my work, I figured out how with the help of a friend, and then I published my first work from the “My Monuments” collection, which I am still working on.
What are you inspired by?
I get ideas almost from everything. I can be inspired by nature or animals. I may refer to my experiences, people who I connect within my life, and sometimes to the books I read or animation and movies I watch also I like to use ancient Persian elements in some of my artworks.
How have NFTs helped you as a creator?
It has become a side job alongside my main job and I would like to spend more time on it. I always did a lot of personal illustrations for myself and I did not make any money from it. That’s because I just love to create. Now I have the opportunity to work with more energy and also meet so many great artists around the world.
What advice would you give to creators who are new to the NFT space?
I know people who are in a hurry to sell their work but after a while their work doesn’t sell, they get discouraged and don’t continue. I suggest you be patient and try to grow your NFT community also, start with low prices and gradually increase the price of your work after a few sales.
How do you think OIX can contribute to your success?
OIX looks like a very professional platform for both artists and collectors. I think introducing new artworks from creators could and interviewing them is very helpful for their success.
By the way, I have very important news, I would like to announce with excitement that I will be joining OIX with my new collection that will be released very soon!