It’s been about two and a half months since Koinup.com and Bigoom.com gave birth to a partnership that has added features of e-commerce to online graphic community founded by Pierluigi Casolari and Edoardo Turelli, allowing all users to sell (or buy) high-resolution prints on photo paper of their digital images (and a little more than a month since it was given to all Koinuppers the opportunity to subscribe a premium account to the platform founded by Ruggero Frigoli at a discounted priceof 35% by entering at the time of subscription the coupon code Koinup andso only pay € 2.57 for a subscription of three months or € 9.07 for a 12 months). Given the good interest in the initiative is now time to see whom of the Koinuppers have begun to use the service and what they are putting on sale. Not surprisingly, between the early adopters stand many names familiar to readers of Mondivirtuali.it to have already been reviewed on Graphic Dreams column, as Anna Anton and Nexuno Thespian, but also artists whom still have to come out of all, but long time I “keep an eye” as Starla Grey, Maiyya, Shmoo Snook, Rudyn Carter or Gioelececed. What do propose Koinuppers to fans of digital prints? Everyone seems to follow a different strategy: there are those who try to optimize some of its images and perhaps reinterpret some famous masterpieces such as Shmoo’s Room at Arles2 (which refers to the famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh), and there are those who bet on images that already have a high appreciation on Koinup.com like Aion – Sunlight through the trees! which already has over 6,200 views and dozens of “favs”. They do not seem to emerge still particular themes, ranging from fantasy or fairy-tale illustrations as Flora or Omega Sunrise to “real” (or almost) landscapes as Tuscan Summer II, Nostalgia (3), Strange days rather than Tempura – Autumn or Japanese Sunset.
Actually pictures of landscapes or interiors, real or imaginary, seem to have a slight prevalence between the images so far offered for sale on Bigoom: and avatars? Curiously (or maybe not) are less frequent as subjects of the images that Koinuppers think worth printing and somehow make “real”. There are exceptions, of course, as Adriana, or I feel love, images that also have the merit to discover something else that not only Second Life, in this case The Sims, that those who follow Mondivirtuali.it know to be, with Imvu, another platform greatly appreciated by digital artists present on Koinup. Or even Rainy Day, I’m going under, or Feels like Heaven that reproduce avatars in fashion, dark and sensual key, but overall Koinuppers still seem not to trust too much in submit images of their (or other) digital identities.
One last question: Koinuppers so far do not seem to fully understand the importance of promoting their works and, more generally, suggest examples of digital art to the general public, making full use of social networking sites such as Facebook (where I remember you can find the fanpages of Graphic Dreams and Mondivirtuali too, where to promote your works) or Pinterest (where on the board Koinup top of the top may be pinned the most interesting works of Koinup’s galleries). Perhaps it would be nice to try, not unlike the way in Second Life are used to promote all the most important content creators, be they artists, designers or builders.