Q&A with Inspiring Painter Victor Schegin

we ask inspiring Painter Victor Schegin “Seehund ART” questions about art and life.

Who are you and what do you do? I’m Victor Schegin, a young French painter. I sign my paintings Seehund.

Why do you do what you do? I dream a lot at night, and daydream a lot as well. Painting frees me from an accumulation of imagination. It’s the way I best communicate deep feelings with people, and also with myself. I look forward to waking up every day to dedicate more time to visual arts.

How do you work? I use photographs, mostly mine, sometimes copyright free ones. I think: this atmosphere would match this object well, and this person those stairs. Either I look at photographs for inspiration or I have an specific scene in mind and do research to paint what I imagined. During my latest dystopia-themed series, I took a photo of a mother and a daughter in the street. Looking at it, I noticed the girl was observing something but I didn’t know what. I imagined and painted what she was looking at. This is how my painting « Bright Future », where a little girl stares at a homeless man, was born.

What’s your background? At the age of 15, I discovered graffiti and became fascinated. After my baccalaureate, I studied journalism. I learnt a lot I still use today: better communication, filming and editing skills, which help me handle my social networks and take photographs. The links between photography and painting are central to my work. I taught myself how to draw and paint, immersing myself in its novelty. Drawing kept me busy during my classes, in transports, in the evening at home. At the age of 19, I realized I found more pleasure in figurative arts than in lettering and became passionate. My first paintings (2015-2016) were heavily influenced by my graffiti period:  use of sprays, markers, and drips. In 2017-2018, I took oil painting and drawing lessons with Paris-Ateliers. I also attended workshops dedicated to drawing nude living models at the Grande Chaumiere Academy, in Paris, where Giacometti came to practice. Since 2017, I attended various classes in different schools, including live model sessions at the famous Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris. I acquired new techniques and painted realistic portraits like “Laura”. After that, I created my dystopia-themed series, which now just came to an end.

What’s integral to the work of an artist? Picasso said “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” An artist should feel free whilst creating, but most are under the influence of rules fixed by themselves or what their learnt. That way, many artists, like Picasso for instance, unlearn the best they can to be less compelled by knowledge when painting. I find I’m most compelled by my perfectionism. Even though I’m learning a lot and enjoying it, I start letting go when I paint, which is great! When I overthink, painting is less pleasant. Instead, I now follow my feelings and take pleasure. Also, I am convinced my painting communicates best with the audience if I sometimes listen to my instincts, rather than try to “better” my painting. Painting is a unique moment in life where nothing’s forbidden nor irreversible. Freedom is integral to the work of an artist.

What role does the artist have in society? The artist’s true role in society is to create opportunities for individuals to take a break from their reality and experience a new point of view. An artwork is a reminder of humanity to its audience. It offers a possibility to think and feel differently.

What has been a seminal experience? Meeting Gilles Fourgassie, who was my oil painting teacher for 2 years and became my friend.

What art do you most identify with? I’m interested and moved by Robert Proch’s work on gravity and space. I like the use of drips as an aesthetic element itself in the works of Leonardo Cremonini or Ted Pim. I’m impressed by Dali’s technique in the painting of Gala looking at the beach, transforming in an Abraham Lincoln portrait if you look at the piece 15 meters away. I’m moved by Les Amants by René Magritte. I like the palpable atmosphere in Edward Hopper’s pieces, the paintings of women by the impressionist Konstantin Razumov and I admire Vermeer’s compositions.

What work do you most enjoy doing? Beginning new paintings is magical for me.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? Moments of happiness with my brother.

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it? Artistic life doesn’t force loneliness on someone: being alone often or surrounded by people is not defined so much by your activity, but rather by your personality and choices. However, in order to work, I find I am more productive on my own.

What do you dislike about the art world? I just got into the art world, I try my best to understand it rather than judge it.

What do you dislike about your work? I don’t dislike anything in particular about my work for a simple reason: when my painting doesn’t satisfy me, I can always change it.

What do you like about your work? I like that my style is born and starting to be recognizable. I’m happy that my visual identity isn’t too specific yet: I don’t have a brand that’s mine and is present on every single work – for now. Instead I learn, explore and find a lot of ideas.

What research do you do? I search for reference pictures whenever I don’t have a photograph I took myself that meets my needs. I also watch documentaries about famous painters.

What themes do you pursue? My dystopia-themed series just ended with more than 15 beautiful works. I am currently focusing on exploring my artistic direction, relying on my gut feel to figure out where I want to go next.

What’s your favourite art work? I can’t choose one single favourite. The first big crush I had on a painting was for “Bakkuda” by Fin Dac, when I saw it at the Urban Art Fair in 2018.

What memorable responses have you had to your work? I hear a lot that my paintings resemble Edward Hopper’s.

Name something you love, and why. I love to paint with oils. I love their texture, their brightness and ability to make gradients.

What is your dream project? I like Walt Disney’s quote: “the difference between a dream and a project is a date.”

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to. Robert Proch, Salvador Dalí, Edward Hopper

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? The best advice I’ve been given is to take my time.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
I’d like to travel the world exhibiting my works, to talk to a lot of people and to connect with them.

What wouldn’t you do without? There’s one thing I can’t imagine: living without painting.


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Q&A with “My Demons” Author Ari’ell Sprows

“My Demons” Author Ari’ell Sprows discuss her influences and next project.

 

By Juan C. Diaz @tearsofdiaz

 

1. What city are you from?

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I was raised with one older sister and later in my teenage years, my mother had my little brother.

2. How has your city influenced your writing?

My city influenced my writing tremendously because the trials that I faced happened in my city. Louisville, Kentucky introduced me to the real world, the real world is what helped layer my thick skin for life. Writing has always been a passion of mine, so the combination of the two made a great book.

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3. What inspired you to write My Demons?

MY DEMONS started as a journal entry, I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have closure for my past mistakes. When I realized that my story was important I decided to take a different route, “turn my story into a book, so that it can inspire the world”. I wrote “MY DEMONS” to motivate and encourage others, the book itself speaks volume. It gives the reader a chance to evaluate their own faults, to make themselves a priority so that they can be better in life.

4. Who are some of your literary influences?

James Patterson is the one and the only person who has influenced me to join the literary world. The way that he writes his books has encouraged me to express myself in more ways than just one. He writes more than one genre, and that shows that he has an amazing creative mind.

 

5. Your book is extremely personal, was it painful for you to relive certain moment during the writing process?
Reliving my past moments was very challenging to write, I cried while writing some parts of my book. But when I have seen the finished product, I was and still am ecstatic because I was finally honest with myself.

6. What message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

When my reader puts my book down, I want their minds to wonder. I want them to reevaluate their lives and realize that making certain choices can last a lifetime. But how we deal with these choices means a lot, we have to co-exist with ourselves and strive to be better. I want my readers to know that they are amazing and deserve to be happy and honest with themselves. Are you surrounded by the wrong crowd of people? If you’re in an abusive relationship, seek help to get out. How can we make dreams come true? Our past doesn’t determine the future we deserve. You are your own demon.

7.  What is your next project?

I have a book series coming out this summer called, “LOVE LOST BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL”. I am also working on making an appearance in the film industry. This year has brought so much joy, I’m motivated to push myself to the next level.

 

 

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Top Ten Paid Best Selling Urban Books on Amazon.

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

As a tradition, we look at the top selling books from Amazon to Barnes & Noble. As we keep this tradition going as we continuously highlight upcoming writers as well as self-publishers; we want you to continue showing your support for both. We focus on the top paid African American books sold from Amazon. Amazon is offering free two-day shipment if you sign up for Amazon Prime. With Amazon Prime, you will have exclusive access to products that are only available for prime members. You can try Amazon Prime for 30 days free. Cancel at any time and if you love what it offers; it’s only $15 a month. You can also download Kindle to have access to these books as well. Free for 30 days and you can cancel anytime you want. It’s only $5.99 a month after the trial. Without further a due, let’s look the top ten paid urban books on Amazon.

  1. Somethin’ ‘Bout His Thuggish Ways by Author K.C. Mills (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Mero Perez is all things to all people. He’s handsome, confident, and unmistakably thuggish in every sense of the word. Mero Perez is in demand, but he’s very selective about who he lets in his world. For the ones he loves, he honors, protects, and will do any and everything necessary to make sure they live a life of royalty.

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  1. Captivated by That Thug Luvin’ by Author Kelly Marie (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Meet the sexy, crazy Perry men.

Kadeem, the eldest, had his eyes set on the British beauty, London from the moment she landed in Atlanta. Too bad she’s with another man. But when that man messes up, Kadeem sees his chance and takes it. In relationship bliss, it’s not long before the couple hit a snag and Kadeem walks away, crushing London’s heart.

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  1. Hood Boyz Fall in Love Too by Author Shvonne Latrice (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Owen Santiago hasn’t been dealt the greatest hand in life, with one tragic event, in particular, changing her for seemingly forever. Not willing to let the hardships drag her down, she presses forward, making herself happy the best way she knows how and by any means necessary. Owen is perfectly happy, or so she thinks, and believes the last thing she needs is a man; especially one as masculine, handsome, bold, yet undeniably sweet as Conquer. But what she soon realizes is there is a vast difference between men and little boys.

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  1. Is She The Reason by Author Naka (NAKOEXPO PRESENTS Publishing)

Yara Moreland was a complex woman, full of mystery, compassion and way too much love. She would do anything for her husband, including going to jail for ten years. When she’s released things aren’t the same and she’s left confused and wondering whose to blame.

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  1. ROAR : An Urban Shapeshifter Novel by Author Natavia (SOUL Publications)

Sy’noba, a young female lioness with roots from the savanna in Africa finds herself battling with her true identity living in civilization amongst humans. The pride’s king, Koja, who already has two wives has his eyes set on Sy’noba, his first wife little sister. With jealousy brewing in the pride, will Asha turn on her sister, Sy’noba? Will Sy’noba find herself when her back is against the wall or will she become Koja’s third wife?

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  1. She Wanted That Hood Love: Down for A Boss by Author S.Yvonne (Shan Presents, LLC Publishing)

Kisha was used to the terrifying truths of the hood as she experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a product of her environment and taking degrading measures to survive.

With a prostitute and a dope fiend as a mother; Meek seemed to be the only person who made sense in her life. Meek wasn’t one to fail and like Kisha he’d do anything to survive but dealing with a mother who cared more about men than she did her own son, caused Meek to hop off the porch early and get it how he lived.

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  1. I Got Love For A Carolina Hustla by Author Nikki Brown (Supreme Works Publications)

To love, honor and cherish are the vows that Ocean clung on to when she married her first love Bryce Charles. What Ocean didn’t know was that Bryce had his own meaning of the word marriage and faithful was nowhere in his vocabulary.

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  1. HAVOC by Author Debra Anastasia (Self)

 I named myself. I took the word Animal out of their mouths, wore it like a badge of honor then shoved it down their throats. I’ve fought for what I have. I see you coming, before you even know you want a piece of me. In a city riddled with warring families, I’ll rise up between them. My people, the broken souls I gather will have power by the time I’m done with them.

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  1. Somethin’ ‘Bout His Thuggish Ways 2 by author KC Mills (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Six finds herself in a scary place and about to lose it all yet again. The universe wouldn’t be that cruel, would it?

Mero knows that his life should come with a warning label, but never did he think that it would potentially cause such severe consequences. It seems as if he can’t catch a break, and there’s no way that he can allow the world around him to crumble while the ones he loves become collateral damage.

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  1. Loving You Without Limits 2 by Author Diamond Johnson (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

One would think that with all Rodney Wiggins has endured, the constant heartbreak would finally come to an end. Even with him now on a straight path and finding love, hurtful things continue to happen to him. What is a man supposed to do when he finds out that the little boy he’s been raising for the past ten years doesn’t even belong to him? With Deqavious now knowing that he’s actually the biological father of Rodney Jr, how can this situation end?

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Hidden Star: Designer Perre Hayes of “Prosperous Features” brand Q&A

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Hidden Star: Designer Perre Hayes of “Prosperous Features” brand Q&A

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

 

 

Introduce yourself by telling our readers your name, where you from, and what you do.
I’m Perre Hayes (Perry), Born and raised in Alexandria Virginia and I’ve been designing clothing for awhile now.

What made you become a fashion designer?
Growing up, I felt like we had it all. Anything that asked for, it was granted. At the age of 12 we moved and that’s when I realized that we didn’t have it all but mom and dad were just doing their best. Playing basketball and my sister cheerleading. Funds were short. Beginning my 7th grade year. I only had two pairs of pants. Cargoes and a black pair of jeans. So, I began to use old denim. I bleached, used spray paint, fabric glue and whatever I thought looked good. It was one of the best weeks of school. An outfit for the first 5 days and the students help my school year a lot. They bought my art and that was the beginning.

 

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Who inspired you to be a designer?
Author Ashe was a big inspiration to me at first. I was an athlete first. Jan Matzeliger became second major influence. Had to find someone that did what I do, looked like me and faced issues on the to his own success.

Tell us about your brand and what your brand stands for.
The brand is Prosperous Features. Everyone has an interesting feature (talent) that can help us move forward in life and that feature can be very prosperous. We’re focused on a classic and prep-urban wear.

 

 

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When you look at the fashion market and the competitors that your brand will have to face. What are you expectations for your brand and what separates your brand from the competition?
I haven’t really been looking at the market lately. I’m not looking at it all right now. Don’t want to see anyone’s ideas that may weigh in on my designs. I get ideas from everywhere and I get lost in my own imagination. When it comes to competitors. I’m not worried about them. I have to make us a competitive threat to them. What separates us from them would be our prep-urban wear. Suits and ties are also going to be way different. Bring some old styles back and mix it with today’s style.

 

 

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You mention old style. You mean look like the 80’s or 70’s?
Maybe the 70’s but not the 80’s. I’m talking the Flippers from the 20’s and 30’s sir.

Okay. It’s funny I was going to post a black history article on the fashion.
Actually, this summer. I have a segment call Black History Summer. Targeting the everyday things that we use every day.

 

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Explain that segment. What things are we using everyday as far as art and fashion?
Jan Matzeliger worked for many years to build a machine that can produce 100 to 700 pairs of shoes in a day.

 

 

Have you launch any product so far?
We do have product out Ha! and 1804 shirts and hats are being sold word of mouth until the launch.

When can customers expect your brand to launch?
March 16th is our launch date. June 19th is the launch for black history summer.

On March 16th, consumer can expect to buy your items on the website?
Yes! prosfeat.com

Alright. Well I don’t want to hold you up. Where can people find you to be updated on your work?
Facebook Instagram and Snapchat. We’ll be updating once a month and leading up to BHS. There will be a cookout/community outreach event the weekend be for June 19th. Prosperous Features on FB, @prosperousfeatures on IG and prosfeat1804 on Snapchat.

 

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