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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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Get to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

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Getting to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofWarDiaz

 

 

1. What city and state do you hail from? Carson, CA.

2. Who are your favorite authors? Terry McMillan.

3. What genre do you write? Urban Contemporary. 

4. What inspired you to write in that genre? Because I knew my stories would be relatable to the urban community. 

5. When you published your first bookwere afraid of getting sued by any of the male character’s books because it was autobiographical? I was at first. But then I realized they probably don’t know how to read lol Just kidding 🙂 I didn’t feel that I projected them as the only bad person in the relationships, I also took ownership of my actions as well. It wasn’t a one-sided story for to people to have sympathy for me as a victim. The story was to showcase that I wasn’t allowing myself to be a victim despite the men’s actions. 

6. How did readers respond to your first book? It seemed like there were two sides of responses for my first book. People either really loved it because they totally relate because they had been on the receiving end of some bad relationships also. Or people really hated the back because they couldn’t wrap their heads around why I would do such awful things, and then have the nerve to write about it. I think that my transparency is what really grew my following. I’m genuinely thankful the readers that have accepted me for who I was and who I have become. 

7. Why did you choose to focus on the deterioration of friendship for your second book? I decided to write about my friendships because  I noticed the demise of so many friendships on social media. I knew it would another relatable read. I really wanted to let people know who we’re having “frenemies” in their life that it’s ok to cut that lifeline. I think that people start thinking that because you’ve known someone for years that you have to continue to be loyal to someone that has been disloyal to you.  

8. After writing two autobiographical books why did you go for fiction in your third book? To be honest book 3 is 80% fiction 20% truth. I really wanted to challenge myself as a writer to write the story from a males perspective. I must say that the feedback that I received from Panel Discussion/Book Launch Party the readers thoroughly enjoyed the story. 

9. Can you describe the main character in your third book? Gino Baptise is a man that has witnessed the infidelities of his father. Those infidelities have made an everlasting mark on his life that lands him in prison. While imprisoned he starts to reevaluate his life wondering if his cheating is an inherited or learned behavior. He finds himself at a crossroad where he must decide his fate and change his life.  

10. What’s next for Kennedee Devoe? I have a successful run, but I took a hiatus from writing to work on a personal career and heal from my previous relationship. My goal is to finally get off page 2 my 5th book lol I have this thing that’s called a job that just won’t let be a great writer lol I’m going to really try to release it late 2018. I can guarantee that book 5 will be another page turner…

 

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https://www.instagram.com/itmustbekd/

 

Check out her website

http://www.kdevoe.com/

 

Get to know Creator Kashif Boothe (Kashif Boothe Entertainment)

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Get to know Creator Kashif Boothe (Kashif Boothe Entertainment)

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMag

 

I would like for you to introduce yourself by telling the readers where you from and what you do.

My name is Kashif Boothe; I’m from London, UK and I am a freelance development assistant within factual and scripted TV and an independent filmmaker.

Did you attend filming school? If so, how long did it take you to complete filming school

I attended a sixth form college (which is apart high school education) and studied Media, Film & TV and music production. I studied Film at Roehampton University and graduated in 2013.

What is your profession?

I am a freelance development within factual and scripted TV and an independent filmmaker.

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love in with art when I was 13

What made you fall in love with art?

I fell in love in art when I saw how people could relate to what is happening with a painting, a picture or in a movie

Why is art important to you?

Art is important to me because I am able to express myself. I’m able to create to content that is important to me and tell stories I want through comedy or drama.

Who inspires you as a child and now?

As a child, my Grandmother inspired me and now the people who inspire me are Mara Brock Akil, Kenya Barris, and Issa Rae

How important is art in today’s society? 

Art, it is very important in today’s society as it is the main source of expression, if we couldn’t express ourselves what would we do?

 

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

If there was an absence of art I wouldn’t know what to do, my life is art, it is what I do every day and I’m not exaggerating, I work in the media industry Monday – Friday and on the weekend I focus on my independent projects. If there weren’t any art in today’s society, there wouldn’t be a platform for people to express themselves or be able to watch TV or play game consoles. If there weren’t art it would have a massive impact on the world we live in today.

How long have you been filming?

I’ve been filming for 6 years

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Take me through the process of writing a short film or web series. Nate & Jamie web series for example. What was the process like when you were creating Nate & Jamie and how difficult was it making this web series?

The way I came up with Nate & Jamie was not done in a conventional way. The pilot episode was originally a one-off comedy sketch which was based on a story by Joshua Samuels who plays Jamie in Nate & Jamie. When I released the comedy sketch the reaction was positive and people wanted to see more, I wanted to take advantage of the success and decided to turn it into a web series. The process of writing Nate & Jamie was pretty easy I spent two weeks writing and re-drafting the script. I came up with the idea of the first season in less than a day, once you’ve come up with the idea it’s about filling up the gaps in between the beginning and the end of the story.

How long does it take to for you to complete a script?

It takes me probably 3-4 hours to write a script, depending on how long I want the film or episode of a web series to be and that all depends if I don’t get writer’s block.

 

Is there a preparation difference between writing a short and web series? If so explain?

For me there isn’t any difference, I usually come up with an idea, I will write a quick summary of the idea on my phone or on a piece of paper. I will then create a step outline, which is an outline of how the story will be told and then I write the script.

What does the director do? (for those who do not know about the director position)

A Director is a creative force in a film’s production – visualizing and defining the style and structure of the film, then bringing it to life. I will cast actors, edit the script ( the majority of the time on set) choose shot selection and editing.

How challenging is it to be a director?

The most challenging thing about being a director is when your team doesn’t understand your vision

What is your view on the filming industry today?

The film industry today is stuck, I think it’s lacking originality, there are too many reboots it’s all about making money and not good films. I think that’s why producers and directors are moving to TV with shows like Empire, Insecure, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The TV industry is taking more risks, showing the diversity and it’s paying off.

What are some things you like or don’t like about the filming industry today?

What I like about the filming industry are meeting writers, directors, camera crew and actors who have the same passion for filmmaking as you do. What I don’t like about the filming industry is the lack of diversity on and off the screen, it’s been proven with shows like Insecure and Chewing Gum that shows written and produced by black writers/directors are successful because they are authentic. I would like to see an Asian/Latin version of Sex and The City or Friends, there is a huge gap in the market and it is frustrating that film industry hasn’t taken advantage of it.

A production in Hollywood contacts you for one of your scripts. You take a flight to L.A. to meet with the production company. They offer you a six-figure deal which is $200,000 for your work. As part of the deal, you have to give up all rights to the script, and extra incentives. You also lose creator control. Would you take the money or would you negotiate for control including incentives?

I would negotiate for control and incentives as I could not imagine one of my scripts being made and I wasn’t apart of it.

 

How important is creator control from your opinion?

I think it’s important because you if have a vision you should make sure you execute it. But on the other hand, I think it’s good to collaborate and get someone else’s perspective as it could make the project even better.

Is it better to be an independent filmmaker or do you think it is better to be in an established production?

There are pros and cons of being an independent filmmaker and an established production. I prefer being an independent filmmaker because I am in control of my projects and do not have to consult any business partners etc. To be an established production would be great, as I would have a budget and the connections to hire a crew, PR and well, known actors.

What is your goal at the end of the day? Where do you see yourself in five years?

My goal is to have an established production company known for creating content that informs, educates, inspires and entertains its audience.

In five years I see myself having produced a few indie feature films, which have got into major film festivals, my production is an established brand and I am in the beginning stages of adapting one of my web series’ for a TV network.

So, what are you doing now, and what can we expect from you that we should be on the lookout?

I’m currently in pre-production of a new web series, Nate & Jamie Season 2 and 2 short films

Where can readers find your production and work?

Readers can find my work at youtube.com/c/KashifBoothe

Get to know “A Fashion” creator Anna Davidsson

 

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Get to know “A Fashion” creator Anna Davidsson

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMag

 

Anna Davidsson a fashionista and a stylist. Her love and devotion to fashion go beyond measures. Anna Davidsson sense of fashion can be seen on her YouTube channel. Her videos are insightful and educational. They can be tutorials as of helping those who are inspired by the latest trends to do their own. Her YouTube channel A Fashion (which is also her brand) has over 17,431 subscribers and has been viewed 4,549,751 times.

Which begs the question to our readers, who is Anna Davidsson, and why she will be an artist to look out for down the road.

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love with art at a very young age, I’ve always loved to create, whether it’s about writing, editing or painting. I think I’ve always had it inside me. As a child, I made my own fashion magazines and gave them to my friends and my family.

What made you fall in love with art?

In some way, art gives me a rush. It’s fantastic to see a creative idea come to life. It’s a way of expressing yourself, your feelings and thoughts.

Why is art important to you?

For me art is a way of life, it’s also a big part of life. Everywhere you look, there is art. The buildings around you, the car you drive, the clothes you wear. I think people tend to forget that they are surrounded by art all the time.

Who inspires you as a child and now?

I remember that I started to read fashion magazines at a very young age, I wasn’t even a teenager at that point. I got so inspired by all the editorials, the models, and fashion shows. Today I find inspiration everywhere, it’s hard to point out something specific, but of course, I find much of it from fashion shows and magazines.

How important is art in today’s society? 

I feel like it is more important than ever. Through art, we can send out messages to the world. The way we are treating the earth these days are horrifying and I hope that through art and solidarity we can make a good change in the right direction.

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

If art was absent, I don’t think our society would exist. We are living art in my opinion.

Give us a little background history about you and your brand?

I was born and raised in a little town called Varberg located on the Swedish west coast. I’ve had a normal and safe childhood. But I have always felt different and a little bit of an outsider. But I don’t feel like that is something bad today, actually I think it has given me strength and the ability to be understanding with others. A FASHION started out as a hobby when I was in college. I discovered how fun it was to edit videos, and since fashion is my biggest passion, the combination of these two things was perfect. And since then my channel has grown so much, I never thought A FASHION would become so popular and appreciated by so many people from all over the world.

Have you had any experience in the fashion industry?

No, not really. My biggest dream is to attend the big fashion shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

When I saw your videos on the latest trends, I decided to post them up to our blog because they were insightful, and well put together. I posted up your latest video which is “Hair & Makeup Trends” and it got almost 12 likes on the blog the moment it was posted.  I am sure you got a boost of viewers as well. Explain to me how you can come up with the videos you make and how much time do you have to devote to make sure that the information you gather into the clips is accurate?

Thank you, it means so much to me when people appreciate my work. I come up with my videos ideas when I feel inspired, like sometimes when I hear a song I can picture a video in front of me. When I make the trends videos I look at all the fashion shows I like and it doesn’t take long before I see the what’s going to be popular for the upcoming season. And sometimes I go through magazines and blogs as well to see what kind of trends they have noticed.

In your opinion, where do you see fashion heading to in five years?

I really hope for more diversity within the fashion industry, both when it comes to size and color. I definitely see more environmentally conscious fashion.

Do you have any concerns about the fashion industry?

Yes, there are things I’m concerned about. How the industry affects the environment. Also when it comes to models, I’m hoping for harder restrictions when it comes to the model’s health and age.

Do you think designers are losing creativity when it comes to style and looks?

No, I don’t think so. Fashion follows time in my opinion. What seemed out of style before can be in style today.

Are you a designer, if yes, how long have you been designing?

No, I’m not. I’m more into styling.

If no, are you planning on being a designer or a fashion critic?

My dream is to work in the fashion business, I’m not really sure about what I want to do exactly, but I love styling and I love to make videos, so to combine these two would be perfect.

Break down your own style as of professional, special occasion, or going out?

I dress very minimalistic, I think I have the typical “Scandinavian style”, very clean, tailored and a lot of black and white.

What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to men fashion or women fashion?

That’s a tough question. I guess it depends on the occasion and situation.

What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to makeup and accessories?

I love natural makeup, I don’t use that many products. Sometimes I see girls with too dark or light foundation, the colors are not matching etc. I could never go out like that. When it comes to accessories I feel more experimental, because I usually dress very clean and then it’s fun to be more creative with jewelry. I don’t like too much bling though. But this is just my opinion.

If I show up to a cocktail party with a SpongeBob shirt and sweatpants; have I violated the fashion code?

It depends, maybe the party did have a cartoon theme. I’ve seen Jeremy Scott use a lot of cartoons in his designs that can be used on a lot of occasions.

What would you recommend for a woman to wear who are going out for an interview or date?

Not too much, not too little. But most importantly, something you feel comfortable in!

What is your ultimate goal personal and professional?

My ultimate goal is to pursue my dreams, at least try my best to reach them. Personally, I want to live a life where I can feel peace within myself. I’ve been struggling a lot with myself for many years, today I’m starting to feel good about myself and I have more confidence in what I do.

Is there a chance you made launch your brand of clothing or is that something to think about?

I have been thinking about it. It would be an interesting project for the future. But at the moment my focus is on my youtube channel.

Are you currently working on a project that you wish to tell the readers about?

Yes, after the fashion weeks I always get a lot of inspiration so there will be a lot of new trends videos for spring and summer 2018.

Where can readers find your business?

You can find my youtube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/StylebyAnna

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