Paras is a digital art card marketplace built on blockchain technology that offers true ownership and digital scarcity. Paras use NEAR cryptocurrency as the medium of exchange between creators and collectors to support cross-border transactions.
A quick glance at Paras reveals an NFT marketplace that doesn’t look like others of its kind. Most markets, especially the larger ones on Ethereum, allow users to upload just about anything. It’s a constantly-churning flow of media, with an array of artistic styles and formats. While vibrant, these markets are a clutter of low-effort work, weak community experiences, and little sense of curation.
NFT Curation on NEAR is fast, simple, and low-cost
Just as art galleries and trading card publishers exhibit and publish select works, Paras takes a curatorial approach to its artists’ output. This selection process ensures consistent quality and elevates creators.
Each artist releases NFTs in themed or related collections, giving buyers an overview of the artist’s skill as well as several related pieces worth considering. Perhaps more importantly, these curated collections give artists a chance to tell a story or present multiple viewpoints on a topic.
Artists have shown fantasy and mythological figures, surrealist tableaus, manuscript illustrations, and nature scenes. Every collection gives each individual NFT artwork more context and meaning. For those who enjoy browsing, they can read about each artwork to better grasp the artist’s process and technique, just like in an art gallery.
Curation breeds creativity and community
Far from inhibiting artists, Paras’ curatorial approach unleashes creativity. A wide array of subjects and styles are encouraged, with artists creating still images, GIF-style motion graphics, and other supported media.
The formats also foster something most NFT marketplaces on other blockchains struggle with: dedicated spaces for artists to tell their stories and connect with their communities. Art is about more than the image. On Paras, artists can take collectors behind the scenes and put individual pieces in the context of their body of work, all while building community to encourage discussion and appreciation.
A place for world-builders
Narrative, characters, and worldbuilding are highly regarded on Paras. The curation allows collectors to see background text and other information on the back of cards, and see how characters relate to each other within and across collections. If desired, works can even be tied into novels, music, and other traditional media.
Consistent quality and features
Paras curation also makes it easier to organize and enjoy the cards. Modeled on a physical trading card experience, clicking the artwork flips the card, revealing its name, creation date, collection, and other information. Consistent format, function, and organization enhance collector enjoyment, so that if you ever had a binder of trading cards as a kid (or adult), then you’ll appreciate the Paras collecting experience.
If typical permissionless NFT markets are like the jostling busy street vendors on a downtown street, Paras is the clean, well-organized shop known for quality. There’s a place for each to coexist.