#14 Cosmic Convos with Sailor Mars feat. Cake One

The creators of Sailor Mars, a blockchain card game featuring new and original characters, have been hard at work developing the project. They successfully completed their first campaign before taking to social media with this video on how it works!

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#14 Cosmic Convos with Sailor Mars feat. Cake One

We’re in for a crazy ride if the rest of the year is anything like the last month for NFTs! NFTs seem to be more popular than ever. It’s becoming more difficult to distinguish between our real and digital lives as the barriers between them blur.

This is seen in the work of contemporary 3D artists such as Cake One. She creates fantastic 3D creations that are hyper-realistic, to the point that I’m certain it’s a picture! However, nothing could be farther from the truth, since she develops all of her work using software such as Daz3D.

The development of this sort of art is happening right before our eyes. We will no longer be able to detect the difference in a few years. I’m intrigued, if not a little terrified, to see where this technology will take us.

I’m certain that artists like Cake One will make this a great experience for us by making many more lovely things to appreciate. Let’s go on a 3D NFT-style journey into the land of hyperrealism!

Rei: Hello, Cécile! What’s the story behind the name Cake One?

The First Cake: Hello, Rei. Thank you for inviting me. My name is Cécile, and when I was little, my brother would pronounce it as “Kekile” or “Kek,” as if it were a hard C. I was a teenager at the time, and my favorite perfume was Calvin Klein’s CK one. Cake One was created by combining the two.

Rei: Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you’re from?

Cake One: I grew up in the western suburbs of Paris, near Versailles. I used to be able to walk 5 minutes to the Palace Gardens for lunch every day while I was in high school, and it was fantastic. After graduation, I spent three years at L’academie Charpentier near Montparnasse, a Parisian art school.

I learnt art history, communication art editing, typography, painting, photography, and other subjects there. I worked for a while at a communications firm before landing a position at a magazine doing layouts and drawings. For some years, the French press has been in a terrible position, with organizations purchasing other groups and then being devoured by other groups, resulting in a decrease in the number of periodicals and publishers.

My publisher was purchased over by another company in 2002, and I lost my position when the magazine I was working for was shut down, making it very hard to find anything comparable. I made the decision to work as a freelancer, creating logos, illustrations, and visual identities.

I was already doing some 3D work as a pastime, generating photos, and selling some of the 3D assets I was developing when a Swiss firm specializing in serious gaming e-learning contacted me and requested 3D scenarios. They were developing a website for new immigrants who didn’t know the language and required pictorial representations of daily occurrences. For three years, I created hundreds of 3D scenarios every day, largely utilizing Daz Store materials.

Cake One

Rei: Name a few things that would characterize you as a person, apart from being an artist!

Cake No. 1: This is a difficult one for me since I despise labels. Labels, in my opinion, are quite restricting. I mean, I don’t think of myself as an artist. I use that term because it helps people comprehend what I do, but it’s difficult to place oneself in the same category as a Leonardo Da Vinci, a Carravagio, or an Andy Warhol after you’ve studied masters for years.

The interesting thing is that they were not viewed or identified as artists in the modern sense; rather, they were artisans. Artisans. Workmen with a high level of expertise. I am a mother, a partner, a dreamer, an idealist, a storyteller, a chef, a cat lover, a problem solver, a virtual photographer, a player, and many other things.

Rei: Nowadays, you produce stunning 3D masterpieces. How did you get started doing art and how did your style grow into what it is now?

Thank you, Cake One. When I was little, I used to sketch Princess outfits. I’ve always like sketching, but I’m not very good at it. We had live models for drawing, painting, and sculpting while I was in art school, but the fact is that I’m just average at best. I recall having trouble comprehending how light can mould a form, a model, at the time.

That’s why, in order to locate a light source and comprehend how it develops depth on a form, I began utilizing 3D character software. Poser was a fresh new program at the time, and you could utilize a wooden mannequin as a virtual character, posture it, generate various light sources, and study it just like a real model. With advancements in technology, software such as Daz Studio has improved as well, and we now have access to incredibly realistic 3D characters, rather than simply wooden mannequins as in the past.

Cake One

Rei: What motivates you to do art?

Cake One: I’ve come to admire the Italian and Dutch masters who were able to bend light to their will and create incredible works of art. To name a few, Leonardo da Vinci, El Carravagio, and Vermeer.

The way they manage light, frame, and emotion is an ultimate objective for me to achieve. Furthermore, I like pop culture, and I adore the ‘in your face’ approach that pop culture often employs to achieve its goals, whether via bright colors, simplicity, or emphasis. I aim to combine all of these elements to create something unique.

Rei: How long do you spend each day working on your art, and how does this process work?

Cake One: You should know that I’m a lead artist for Daz3D, which is responsible for the majority of the beautiful figures I portray as well as the free software I utilize. My job for them is to develop artwork for their forthcoming assets and figures, which will be utilized throughout their shop and social media platforms, so I essentially work all day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

When I work on personal projects, I don’t have directions; I don’t have to highlight a certain product or utilize a specific asset; I can just do what I want, which is freeing.

I work with those virtual models all day, and it’s a little like being a fashion photographer who has been hired to capture those new Gucci spectacles for an ad. So he does just that, to the best of his ability, since that is his job. But this model is incredible, and he wants to create fresh images, in a different manner, and tell a different tale.

That’s how I feel when I’m utilizing all those assets all day. While I work, everything I’ve seen and utilized will gently integrate into the back of my mind, and I’ll assist in the development of different tales and circumstances.

Cake One

Rei: When it comes to excellent art, actions often speak louder than words. Do you intentionally intend to depict particular feelings or tales when you create unique art pieces? Is this something that happens unconsciously?

Cake One: I photograph a lot of people. For my professional or personal pursuits. I’ve observed that the majority of those photos feature powerful personalities that exude confidence and strength. Is it possible that it’s because I’m lacking in my own? I’m not a therapist, so I can’t say for sure, but impostor syndrome is something we all have to deal with.

I virtually never picture a damsel in distress because the tale fascinates me. Giving those pixels a soul is what I’m most interested in. They have a twinkle in their eyes. Eyes are unquestionably a portal to the soul, and they are frequently one of my key focal points in portraiture. I just produced a nude collection with the aesthetic concept of “What can you display when you can’t show your eyes?” Is it possible to inject vigor, vitality, and emotion without that crucial component? So I worked on that idea, and I’m pleased with the outcome.

There’s always been a practice of giving art, whether visual or musical, with a pre-written tale. “What’s the backstory behind this?” I’m often asked. “I don’t know,” I say most of the time. “Why don’t you tell me?” I say. Sometimes a tale is necessary to explain anything, but most of the time, I believe it is not my responsibility to tell it. What I’d want to do is provide a blank canvas on which you may paint your own tale based on what you see, what you’ve experienced, and your own life and values.

Cake One

Rei: When did you first join the NFT space, and how has your experience been thus far?

Cake One: I started working in the NFT field in November 2021, so it’s been a few months. To be precise, almost three months. Cryptocurrencies have a high degree of volatility. They have the ability to fluctuate by 30% in a couple of seconds. It’s as though time isn’t the same in this universe. A week seems like a year, so you experience all of the emotional rollercoasters that you would typically receive throughout many months of your life in a single day.

All of this occurs to me from the perspective of the creator. Not the one with the merchant. If I sell a piece, I’ll be overjoyed because it validates my work in some way. No sale, on the other hand, necessitates a thorough examination of everything about myself and my work. I feel that one must be really grounded and in a decent mental state to be able to handle it. Many folks have told me they want to stop because it is emotionally too much for them and they believe they won’t be able to make it.

That is where assistance is required. That’s one aspect of the NFT area that I truly appreciate. I’ve found a lot of artists and their work, and I’ve connected with many of them personally, and we’re all trying to help each other out as much as we can. From the outside, it may seem like we are competing, but we are here for each other in little groups, and that is a wonderful feeling.


Rei: You’re presently the main artist on Daz3D’s Non-Fungible People NFT project. Can you tell me how you came to be in this position and what it’s like to work on such a large project?

Cake One: NFP is what drew me to the NFT sector in the first place. When Ty Duperron, Tafi/COO, Daz3d’s requested me to “create a scene,” I gladly obliged. I produced a few, each with a different lighting setup, camera, and so on. I had no idea what it was for at first. It was merely a “what if” scenario, and I was working on a portrait at the time. With the passage of time, this “what if” notion grew into a full-fledged initiative, complete with a full staff, enough resources, and a genuine inclusive objective to empower women and non-binary individuals.

I’ve loved the whole idea and concept from the beginning, and I’ve loved that, unlike a lot of companies or projects that just throw words like “inclusivity” around to make themselves look good, this project had a lot of women and non binary people on their team, that their lead artist was a woman, and that we genuinely cared about and included people of all colors and shapes, including those with missing limbs or in wheelchairs. It meant a lot to us, and we tried our hardest to convey it.

Daz, as the leading company in 3D characters, and Tafi, as an expert in avatars, made it possible for what could have been a simple PFP project to become a real entry into the metaverse by releasing all 3D assets to owners, allowing them to modify their characters, export them to other apps such as Unreal Engines, and so on.

After I finished my part (building the basis scene that would enable all of Ty and the team’s generative 3D graphics), I had the chance to manually design 16 distinct NFTs in a manner that could never have been done generatively. And, just to be sure, they’re all personally autographed by me.

Cake One

Rei: What are your long-term objectives in the NFT space? (Or, in general, with creating art)

Cake One: I feel like I’ve been working behind the scenes for years, even 20 years ago in magazines or today, with a lot of people recognizing my work but no one knowing who created it. I’ve been able to establish a reputation for myself and link that identity with my work thanks to the NFT environment. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the past, the present, or the future It’s also enabled me to meet a lot of other artists, learn about new wonderful abilities, and make new friends.

It’s also empowering to be able to engage directly with a new audience. Having hundreds of likes on an Instagram photo boosts your ego, but having someone invest in your work is a whole other ballgame. It could be a large collector who spent millions on an amazing art gallery and values your work, a trader who thinks you’ll make it big and invests in you in the hopes of a high return, or someone you know from Discord who is willing to buy a small piece for a low price because they like what you do and want to help you.

I’m currently my family’s sole source of income, and it’s difficult to create in peace when all you can think about is “How am I going to pay this past due debt, how am I going to pay for this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, The money I’ve earned so far from my NFTs has gone toward paying off some of the past-due debt that had been bothering me. I have to add that I am now more free to produce and am now feeling highly motivated.

Cake One

Rei: Which of the NFT’s artists do you admire the most?

Cake One: There are so many artists who I like and appreciate, whether they do NFTs or not, that it’s difficult for me to choose just a handful. What I do know is that, due to Twitter, I’ve been able to connect with some fantastic people who are not just brilliant artists, but also good people.

CarlCG is someone I’ve known through Instagram, and I’ve always admired his art since it seems to link with mine in some way. He has been a mentor, a friend, and a rock for me on this NFT journey, and I am grateful for that.

ColinsDoodles NfT does fantastic digital paintings in his own unique style. I believe he is a highly brilliant individual who is completely unknown, as well as a very hilarious person.

I’d also want to collaborate with others, such as Cake Nygard, whose aesthetic is so distinct that I couldn’t resist snagging one of his Caked Apes pieces. I’m hoping that one day we’ll be able to work together on anything. For the price of one, you get two cakes.

The same can be said about SHAKKABLOOD and KidEight.eth, whose art and ingenuity I admire much.

Cake One

Rei: In the next several years, where do you anticipate the NFT space will go? 

One of the cakes says, “I wish I knew.” I’ve learnt a lot in a short amount of time, and I still have a lot to study and comprehend, but I think it’s here to stay and will change our lives. I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s foolish and makes no sense, and that the token shows nothing, and so on.

But, if you think about it, no one owns the property you’re standing on. It’s only a speck of dirt. Until someone signed his name on a piece of paper, and we all agreed that this land exists because of this piece of paper. NFTs are no different; they’re a statement, and the fact that they largely reach digital realms doesn’t change that.

Rei: Could you provide me a sneak peek at anything fresh you’re working on right now?

Cake One: I’ve been working on a pet project since November. It isn’t complete yet, and I don’t want to build and manage dozens of collections at once, so I’d rather concentrate on what has already been published.

For those reasons, I won’t reveal much about it, but I can show you one of the early teasers I did and tell you that it should be a small to medium collection that is a mix of collectibles and art, and that strongly plays on your love of mystery.

Cake One

Rei: Finally, what is the best place for folks to learn more about you and your work?

Cake One: They may find me on Twitter, Instagram, Artstation, OpenSea, Foundation, and Rarible, among other social media platforms.

Cake One


The “nft freaks” is a group of people who are passionate about NFTs. They are all over the world and they have many different interests.

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