5 min readJul 28, 2021


Explained: How to create NFT Art with zero coding experience

You’re probably reading about NFT for the umpteenth time, and that’s largely because the topic has only recently gained attention from many people, especially investors, despite having a long history dating back to 2012. As a result, we won’t bore you with needless bluffs and instead focus on the main topic: how to create NFT art with zero coding experience.

However, that doesn’t mean we will jump right into the discussion without briefly explaining what NFT means. At least for the sake of those who may just be stumbling on the topic for the first time. So what does NFT stand for?

Understanding NFT

NFT stands for Non-fungible Token, and according to experts, is described as a kind of cryptographic token on a blockchain that represents a single asset. Assets in this context do not necessarily refer to any sort of cryptocurrency as you may expect; rather, they refer to real-world goods such as art, music, in-game items, and movies, among other art collections.

Notably, the word “Non-fungible” may sound strange, and you may be wondering what it is in this context. First, fungibility in finance describes the property of a good or a commodity whose individual units are essentially interchangeable and each of whose parts is indistinguishable from another part.

To put into context, fungibility is when two different assets — for instance, a unit of $100 bill, and another unit of $100 bills or perhaps 5 units of $20 bills — with the same value can be interchanged and still maintain their actual value. Similarly, in the crypto world, 1 Bitcoin is the same as 1 Bitcoin, same as 1Etherum if interchanged with another.

A “Non-fungible” asset, on the other hand, is one-of-a-kind and has a separate value from another NFT of equal or similar value. In other words, each NFT is unique in terms of its qualities, and their worth is not always constant. In comparison, NFTs can be compared to precious stones like Diamond, gold, and their likes.

How to create NFT Art with zero coding experience

Straight to the main discussion, how are NFT arts created? First, the recent increase in market demand for NFTs has prompted many individuals and potential investors to seek information on how to create the digital asset.

For instance, Coindesk reported in one of its publications that trading volume at OpenSea, a popular NFT marketplace, increased from $1 million in August 2020 to $8 million in January 2021 and $50 million in February 2021.

Even more thrilling, the startup also disclosed a $23 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm (a16z). This all adds up to a demonstration of how disruptive NFT is in the crypto space. By now, you are pretty much as excited to dive into the “How”. Here we go!

To begin with, contrary to common belief, you don’t necessarily require a skill in coding or program development to make an NFT; although, if you do, it’s a major plus considering that it increases your chances of getting sales with higher bids. So how do you go about this as a beginner?

Quite frankly, To be honest, there are several ways to develop an NFT, and although some require a significant amount of time and effort, others require little skill and, of course, a shorter time frame, possibly less than an hour. And guess what? They all sell anyway.

Notably, NFT leverages on art in any form or medium, and as a result, you may be required to have a creative skill. In this case, we’ll employ graphic arts as a case study to demonstrate what the process entails.

As a graphic artist for example, you. will be required to work with such graphic editing tools like Photoshop, MS Paint, or CorelDraw and their likes. Afterwards, you will have to come up with an idea; you may consider something unique, and different from the truckloads of art that’s already on your preferred choice of market place.

You can also try alternative ways, such as 3D modeling, which is a more difficult road for novices. You will be expected to use a 3D modeling tool to design animated graphics, characters, or anything else that would attract potential clients’ attention.

Once you’ve finished creating your piece of art, you may list it on a reputable NFT marketplace, where you’ll be required to prove ownership of the work before it’s placed up for sale. You might be wondering how to join an NFT at this point; we’ll get into that shortly.

How to enlist and sell NFTs

The process of enlisting NFT arts differs from site to site, and this mostly has to do with their respective blockchain protocol. For some Marketplaces, you may be required to apply to create a project to be sold as an NFT.

In other cases, all you have to do is just to create a MetaMask wallet on the market place. Before we go further, what does the alliteration word stand for?

MetaMask, according to Yahoo Finance, is used to describe a wallet that exists solely on your computer and gives you full control of your funds. Similarly, Wikipedia also described it as a software cryptocurrency wallet used to interact with the Ethereum blockchain.

“It allows users to access their Ethereum wallet through a browser extension or mobile app, which can then be used to interact with decentralized applications (dApps),” Wikipedia explained further.

Specifically, NFTs are most commonly kept on the Ethereum blockchain, although they can also be held on other blockchains.

Moving on, by creating a MetaMask wallet, a user becomes a potential trader (i.e buyer and seller), suggesting that you can upload your NFT art on the market place, wait for the collection to be whitelisted (i.e approved and accredited), then patiently wait for a buyer to reach out.

While NFT art sales are lucrative, giving artists the ability to monetize their works, increase their wealth, eliminate intermediaries, and avoid traditional market forces, it also has a significant drawback in that artists are charged a very high gas fee. To put it another way, a high commission is charged at the end of every successful transaction, one which may prevent artists from making as much money as they should.

Also, most projects with a marketplace where NFTs are transacted don’t own tokens. However, some exist such as AFEN tokens owned by AFEN building a decentralized NFT marketplace for African art. Most of these tokens are promising as they have a long way to go in terms of market valuation. The NFT industry is still in its early stage and will only get bigger as mass adoption becomes a reality.

Overall, NFT still remains a very lucrative business, and you may want to learn more about AFEN NFT market place to get started.

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