An Interview with & the Art of Sanjulian

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Since 1962 the Spanish artist Sanjulian (Manuel Perez Clemente) has been producing some of the most iconically stylish magazine and novel covers in the Fantasy field. More information and examples of his work can be found at: http://www.sanjulian.info/.

What was it like growing up in Barcelona? What are some of your most fond memories of that time?

Naci en la Barcelona “Antigua” en la zona portuaria,con gran influencia en mí ya que mi familia era de origen marinero. La Barcelona que había conocido de cerca a artistas como Picasso que estudió y vivió allí un tiempo o M. Fortuny,de la cercana Reus,fue premonitoria.

Born in Barcelona “Antigua” in the port area, with great influence on me and my family was sailor origin. The Barcelona who had closely known artists like Picasso who studied and lived there for a while or M. Fortuny, from nearby Reus, was prescient.

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When did you first discover your love of art? What was it like when you first realized the power of imagery?

Siempre dibujé sin darme cuenta de que sería mi vida en el futuro. Empleaba tiempo libre para poder,con el dibujo y la incipiente pintura,pagarme extras a la vez que estudiaba para marino mercante.

Always I drew without realizing that it would be my life in the future. Used free time to, with incipient drawing and painting. It was extra pay for me while studying for merchant seaman.

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What was it like to study at Belles Arts of Sant Jordi? What as the most important thing you learned from your time there?

Fue muy importante para mí estudiar en Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi,profesores muy cualificados me enseñaron procedimientos y sobre todo a conocer mis limitaciones para poder superarlas.

It was very important for me to study Fine Arts of Sant Jordi, highly qualified teachers taught me procedures and especially to know my limitations to overcome.

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What do you love most about being an artist?

No pienso demasiado en que ser un artista sea algo especial,sencillamente en todo momento trabajo en lo que me gusta y además me gano,día a día,una libertad que no tendría en otra profesión y que es la que me permite actuar como un artista.

I do not think too much about that being an artist as something special, simply at all times work in what I like and also make my day to day, a freedom that I would not have another profession and that is what allows me to act as an artist.

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Do you have any works that you hold more dear than others?

Sí,siempre hay alguna que me gusta más que las demás.

Yes, there are always some that I like more than others.

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Do you have a dream project you’d most like to bring into being?

Tengo,naturalmente,algunos proyectos que me gustaría poder hacer,espero que así sea.

I have, of course, some projects that I would like to do, I hope so.

Do you think in today’s world there is a greater need for art than ever before?

Soy partidario,claro,pero creo que el mundo actual tiene gran necesidad del arte,por lo menos la misma que en tiempos pasados.

I am in favor, of course, but I think that today’s world is in great need of art, at least the same as in times past.

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What do you hope the world takes away from your works?

Es suficiente para mí que alguien me recuerde en algún momento por alguna de mis obras y sobretodo si influyen positivamente en las personas que las vean.

It is enough for me that someone remembers me at some point for some of my works and especially if it positively influences people to see.

What would you say is the best advice anyone ever gave you? Who was it?

“No muestres nunca nada de lo que no esté satisfecho”, consejo de J. Toutain director de la agencia en la que empecé a mostrar mi trabajo.

“Never show anything that is not satisfied,” J. Toutain council director of the agency I started to show my work.

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What do you think is key to a life well lived?

Intentar hacer siempre lo mejor posible cualquier cosa que me hagas por fácil que parezca y mirar atrás alguna vez para darte cuenta de que no dejas a nadie perjudicado,si lo que ves es amistad quiere decir que no lo has hecho mal.

Always try to do your best whatever you do. Be easy to look and look back sometime to realize that you do not let anyone hurt, if what you see is friendship it means that you have not done wrong.

What are your thoughts on life and death and what comes after?

Si mi vida es positiva,tal vez haya otra que me trate a mí de la misma manera.

If my life is positive, may have another that treats me the same way.

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How do you hope to be remembered when your own time comes?

Me contento sencillamente si se me recuerda.

Happy if I am just remembered.

Is there anything you’d like to say in closing?

Me gustaría,si volviera a empezar,hacerlo de la misma manera.

I would, if I were to start, I do it the same way.

 

As this interview was conducted in English with answers in Spanish I have included both with the hopes that the translation is done proper. My deepest thanks to Manuel Perez Clemente ~Tina Faye Ayres

James Dean, My Mentor (Kindle Edition) by Ian Ayres

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James Dean, My Mentor

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON!

Published by French Connection Press

 

James Dean, My Mentor (cover) by Ian Ayres

 

A personal essay about how James Dean changes the life of a lost teenaged pimp — in charge of his mother’s secret brothel — trying to finish high school in what feels like the midst of the Apocalypse.

 

 

Now available on Amazon!

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Product Details

  • File Size: 5203 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: French Connection Press
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JGQB6O2

An Interview with Patrick Commecy

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French artist Patrick Commecy works alongside his team of muralists to produce some of the most beautiful hyper realistic murals in the world.

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What were you like as a child? What are some of your most fond memories from that time?

I grew in Africa until my 18th year.(Cameroun).

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Did you possess a love of art early on or did that come along later?

It flourished when I came back to France.

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What does it feel like to bring more color and beauty to ordinary buildings?

It is a real pleasure to see and to hear inhabitants are happy with it.

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Do you think art and architecture compliment each other nicely?

Yes, because I try every time to design fake architecture with the model of what exists around the wall.

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What is the most challenging thing you face in producing your murals?

A 5 kilometers mural, composed with 250 paintings, painted during only 6 months (see www.fresques-des-francais.com).

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What do you love most about being an artist?

Liberty.

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What do you hope others take away from your work?

Identity and proudness.

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Do you have a dream project you’d most like to bring into existence?

To be a musician, but I never learned any instrument or solfege…(hear my very first beginning on https://soundcloud.com/commecy/05-no-religion  It’s in English !)

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What do you think is the one thing the world needs more of at this particular point in time?

Education. No Religion.

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What are your personal feelings on life and death? Do you find it somewhat comforting to be able to leave behind pieces of work that will be here long after you are gone?

Nothing steels a long time after death: murals are éphémères, like life! I And I like it like that because speculation on murals is impossible! (opposite to galleries and collectors art)

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What do you think is key to a life well lived?

Love, of course. What else?

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Anything you’d like to say in closing?

Thanks.

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“Playing in my Mind” by Jon Billet

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Playing in my Mind

Dulcimers are playing sweet melodies, in the corners of my mind.
Something I lost and never could find.

Paper lined, is written in musical verse,well timed.
Singing words rhymed.

While a player, mimicked in mime.
Acting in a design.

A picture I saw long ago in a theater of my mind.
Sleeping in pictures light’s blind.

The legal documents in small print, I signed.
On the bark of a birch tree’s rind.

Not knowing and never growing.
Out of blissful ignorance, redacting all the rights.
One, at a time.

“Three Faces” by Guy Kettelhack

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With a solicitude whose grace became apparent
by their evident belief that in a glance
I would be able to advance
a brief but sensitive appraisal of the fine array
of nuanced features they had brought me to display,

three faces just arose to offer their vicissitudes today.
They couldn’t stay: there were too many other eyes
to heed, to feed – to gauge, assuage – the rage
of some of whose intemperate uncertainties
they might be able to allay.

For more information on the works of Guy Kettelhack please see http://guykettelhack.blogspot.com/.

“Blood In, Blood Out” by Jeremy M. Tolbert

Blood In, Blood Out

holding on to our hearts holding on to our hearts
like our own child, holding on to our hearts
like our own child,
blurs the lines
until the moment we cross it.

i sang songs that lit up the night
in daylight even,
i hit the high notes at the same time
i felt it.

blood in, blood out
we never had a doubt.
i came to understand the desperation
when i had nothing.
nothing to hold on to.

a million miles up in the air,
falling is nothing
when all i fear is losing you more
my dear.

my feet are on the ground,
more stable than i ever was-
shouldering the pain i came to know
seems to have melted away with the rain.

leaving you was the one regret
that came over me like a whirlwind,
twisting and pulling my mind
all around in ways
as furious as your mouth.
not knowing what exactly i had,
i sat all alone in a room
without a view–
blanketing my eyelids
as if night wore on
beyond infinity.

you came to me in my sleep,
in my mind
all day and all night
until the minutes,
hours, days and months
built up
beyond repute.

 

An Interview with Mark Roesler

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CMG Chairman and CEO Mark Roesler has long been working to protect and preserve the memory of some of the world’s most cherished celebrity icons. With over 400 clients including James Dean, Jackie Robinson, Buddy Holly, Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Malcolm X, and Neil Armstrong, to name a few, he has gained the right to be called the foremost authority on intellectual property rights. It was an honor to have the chance to offer a glimpse at the man who works tirelessly to protect the works of those who came before.

Are you from Indiana originally? What are some of your most fond memories from your childhood?

Yes, I am from Indiana and grew up in Alexandria. My most fond memories from childhood are being from a small town of 5,000 and thinking it was a “big” town. My world revolved around all that I did from going to the swimming pool, playing baseball, cutting grass, and as I got old enough to drive, we would sometimes venture into the next “small town” and that was a big deal.

How did you first come to discover your love of racing? Is that something you still hold dear?

I was a race fan from the age of four when my father built a quarter midget race car for me and then he had a dirt track in our backyard. About ½ mile from us was a famous small race track called “Armscamp Speedway” that would have racing on Friday and Saturday night. My father helped to work on some of the cars there and in the summers we would go up to the race track to look at it when it wasn’t being used for racing. Professionally, I have represented many Indy race car drivers and NASCAR drivers over the years. I also owned an Indycar in the ‘90s for a few years.

 Did either of those things lead to you being a fan of James Dean, before you started your current career or do just consider them things you had in common?

 I knew about James Dean growing up, but I didn’t understand him. He was buried in Fairmount the same month that I was born. Our first client at CMG was the Elvis Presley Estate in the early ‘80s, and it was then that I realized the international influence that James Dean had had. I then thought it was ironic that I grew up 10 miles away from where he was buried, and I then became hungry to learn all that I could about him.

How did you come to represent his estate in particular?

I went to Fairmount, Indiana and met with Ortense Winslow, who was Jimmy’s aunt. She became “Jimmy’s mother” after Jimmy’s real mom died. Ortense’s brother was Jimmy’s dad, and when Jimmy’s mom died, his dad sent him back on a train from California to Farimount, Indiana because he wanted Jimmy to grow up in a loving family. There was virtually no protection at that time in 1982 for famous deceased people. I explained that to Ortense and her son, Marcus. I told them that I would do my best to change that. After many months of periodic discussions, Ortense and Marcus asked me to try to protect and market Jimmy’s legacy.

Do you enjoy being able to work with respect for the clients you maintain and for their families and loved ones were applicable? Do you consider it your life’s work?

It most definitely is my life’s work, and I am very passionate about it. Being able to speak with my clients’ families is very enjoyable to me because I get to know them on personal level and form a relationship with them. For me, it’s more than a business partnership, and I enjoy getting to know each one of them. That is all that I have done professionally for the past 36 years.

Why do you think it is so important that the works and images left behind be kept alive and protected for those who are no longer with us?

My clients are legends with impressive accomplishments. James Dean only starred in three major movies, yet he is one of the most celebrated classic actors today. Bettie Page was the first pin-up model of her kind and pushed modeling’s boundaries. Jackie Robinson played a huge role in the civil rights movement and changed so many things in our culture. There is tremendous “goodwill” so to speak built up around these icons who not only accomplished so much, but they worked hard on protecting the “goodwill” around their name and their likeness. It is very similar to someone who works hard to build a business or develop a patent. Our constitution envisioned that these fruits of our labor that are in the form of “intellectual property rights” should be protectable.

What is the most challenging issue you face in protecting the rights of the dead?

The most challenging part is that celebrities impact so many people and these people sometimes don’t want to accept when they pass away, that they do have rights that can and should be protected.

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When you started your own roofing company in order to put yourself through college did you ever imagine it would have led you where it has?

Not at all. I was focused on what I did back then, just like what I am doing right now. I tried to be good at what I did, and I always thought the chips would then fall into place.

Did you ever feel like giving up back in those early days? What was the one thing that kept you focused on pursuing your life’s passion?

Sure. I think everyone does. But life has its ups and downs, and you just have to realize that. What kept me focused was the satisfaction of helping others, whether it was through CMG Worldwide, roofing houses, or another endeavor. We have often faced legal challenges from big companies on what we do. What we do has been perceived as a threat to the studios and the sports leagues back in the ‘80s. Now, of course, it is all common place to protect these rights.

Do you think it is fair to say a little determination and persistence will take a person far in life regardless of where they may be going?

 Absolutely. That’s another reason I’ve been able to pursue my life’s passion so effectively. Determination and persistence are what keep me going and gives me the strength to keep up with my business each day.

Do you feel blessed to be able to give back to those in need? Why do you think it is so important that those who have give back to those who don’t?

 I think it is important to set an example. We have tried to be philanthropic as a company and me personally. We understand that we are high profile, and that puts even more pressure on use to set an example.

What advice would you offer those wishing to pursue a similar career?

 Excel at what you do and don’t give up. Be patient.

What would you say is the most important thing you have learned from all of this so far?

It is possible to have a lot of fun at what you do. If you are passionate about what you do it is so easy to meet so many nice people and accumulate friends along the way.

Are there any moments throughout you career that stand out most vivid in your mind today?

Maybe some of the significant legal victories. Warner Bros. was probably the biggest. Being the expert witness in the OJ Simpson case was also a significant event.

What would you say is the best advice anyone ever gave you and who was it?

Probably my father in law, Dr. Beurt SerVaas, who said that, to be successful in business, you had to do two things: make more money than you spend and pay your bills on time.

In the end, what do you consider to be the key to a life well lived?

I think it would have to be that you made a difference and you had a positive influence on others.

Is there anything you’d like to say in closing?

Thank you for interviewing me.