Now, 3D Asset NFTs may not look like a thing yet but they are steadily gaining ground as Metaverse ecosystems continue to emerge and web3 technologies are the basis for interactions within such ecosystems. Looking Glass Labs (LGL) the Canadian NFT architecture agency has created new 3D assets for the popular NFT collections Gutter Cat Gang and Bored Ape Yacht Club.
We were intrigued about this and reached out to Looking Glass Labs CEO Dorian Banks about this. Here’s how the interview went.
Dorian Banks CEO at Looking Glass Labs (LGL)
Please, can you tell us more about the House of Kibaa (HoK) and its 3D asset NFTs?
House of Kibaa has been primarily a producer of 3D NFTs and is now working on it’s own metaverse.
What exactly is the level of involvement of HoK with the Metaverse?
HoK has begun building our own metaverse using Unreal Engine 5, a highly realistic world building tool. We will launch our alpha version in the 1st half of 2022.
What is the creative process behind the 3D assets?
Our Creative Director works with either our internal marketing/design teams or if doing 3rd party work, directly with the client. Several iterations are completed before finalizing the collection.
What is the relationship between HoK, the Gutter Cat Gang, and the Bored Ape Yacht Club?
After Bored Ape Yacht Club launched we decided to produce 3D assets for the project, claimable by owners free of charge. It was a proof of concept for our teams. With Gutter Cat Gang, HoK has been contracted to produce 3D assets for their customers.
Why create assets for Gutter Cat and Bored Ape?
BAYC was proof of concept, taking a 2D image and envisioning what a 3D version might look like. WIth Gutter Cat Gang, we wanted to help the project advance it’s metaverse ambitions.
How will 3D assets change the NFT space?
3D NFTs are required for metaverse use. As metaverses become a reality, 3D NFTs will be an absolute requirement.
What was the inspiration for the creation of 3-D assets?
Our Creative Director and Founders have backgrounds in gaming and movie production.
Please, can you tell us more about the team behind HoK?
The Founders have backgrounds in marketing, gaming and movie production and the senior management in blockchain, crypto and the NFT space.
What is your muse?
I’m CEO of LGL and HoK but I feel that Neal Stephenson has always delivered a creative version of the future. He also coined the term ‘metaverse’.
How exactly are the 3-D assets Metaverse ready? Please, can you tell us more about this?
They have full rigging built into their 3D file, illustrating where articulation points are in the character.
What is the greatest impact that HoK has made on the digital art industry?
Dropping 10,000 GenZeroe avatars which are metaverse ready. We are even now producing a live action series based on the characters!
Please, can you tell us more about the Gutter Cat Gang mansion?
A full 3D metaverse ready mansion ready for cats to move into!
Where do you think the 3-D art industry is going with its involvement in the Metaverse?
Every 3D asset will be metaverse ready going forward. Many famous brands will now go 3D for their marketing too.
What role does extended reality (XR) play in the evolution of the Metaverse?
It will be an evolution we will see after 2022 making a realistic metaverse even more immersive and real.
What will be the importance of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in the Metaverse?
Every object you own in a metaverse will be an NFT as it shows provenance and undisputable ownership.
How have emerging technologies changed art and commerce?
Art has been forever changed with the advent of NFTs.
Provenance and ownership is proven and artists earn royalties on all future secondary market sales, something unheard of in the traditional art world.
What is your favorite digital art collection? Why is it so?
Ghxsts is my personal favourite as it shows how a completely unknown artist can produce pieces that sell for millions of dollars.
Do you have any plans for other collaborations in 2022? Please, can you tell us about them?
We have lots in the pipeline but so far cannot share names.
Where do you see HoK in the next decade?
HoK will have one of the main high resolution metaverses where hundreds of thousands of people gather daily.
What was your inspiration behind the name House of Kibaa?
The Founder’s dog is named Kiba but he couldn’t get that social media handle so he added an “a”.