Artist Spotlight: Skeenee – MEME.COM BLOG






Whereas exploring via the huge and diversified lands of CryptoArt, you will discover a specific artist that has all the time set himself aside from the remainder and does advantageous work. Skeenee is a Belgian (don’t remind him) artist that has immediately recognizable work and is among the distinguished impartial voices within the scene. From his tattoo works to illustrated skulls and an thrilling animated model, he retains demise and visions of greed as recent as attainable whereas mixing it up with artwork that has no difficulty standing by itself. A pricey good friend to us right here at meme and naturally a verified artist on Marble Playing cards!

Re-animated Canine Skeletons

The SKULL maestro within the area without delay had flesh, when did you lose yours and fall in love with skulls? Is there a deeper that means to the animal skulls and our bodies them for you apart from wanting badass cool?
Effectively, wanting badass cool is sufficient of a great cause innit 😛
Extra severely, I feel I’ve had a factor for skulls & jolly rogers since I used to be a child however my love/ obsession with them actually began once I started learning the human determine.
To be able to draw the human determine correctly, one must be taught the totally different “layers” of the human physique: the bones construction, muscle groupings, how muscular tissues work together with every others, then exterior layers, pores and skin, hair… Once I began posting my skeleton drawings on social media, individuals picked up on it instantly so I pushed my exploration of skeletons a bit of “additional” and it kinda turned my signature content material/artwork.
It’s additionally what bought nicely and what I turned identified for once I was tattooing, in order that additionally pushed me to discover cranium designs additional and strengthened my “cranium obsession”.

As a result of Aliens

Realizing of your tattoo artist background and the place you’ve taken issues within the CryptoArt area, how do they evaluate now having executed each and do you are feeling equally as snug in?
I like each mediums for very totally different causes. I like tattooing due to its challenges, and I like CryptoArt for its creativity and its full lack of guidelines and limitations.
Earlier than stepping into tattooing, I used to be spending a whole lot of time drawing with ink, which is by far my favourite conventional medium as  it calls for a excessive stage of abilities and precision to do proper. There may be little or no room for errors.
It took me a very long time to have the ability to end an ink portray with out fuck ups which to at the present time nonetheless offers me a way of accomplishment once I end one efficiently.
There may be even much less room for mistake in tattoo and it´s the one canvas that may punch you within the face when you fuck up lol. I see it as the final word problem for Artists. It was nerve wracking at first however I one way or the other appreciated that problem.
Earlier than stepping into CryptoArt I used to be doing conventional Artwork and have all the time been bothered by how inflexible it was. CryptoArt is the other of that, if there may be one rule is that we’re right here to interrupt the principles, to merge all media, strategies, and instruments to create one thing new. I like that I take advantage of all the abilities I’ve realized alongside the years to create one thing new and distinctive.

Excessive F34r

Many don’t know you have been as soon as closely into animation, you’ve executed animated items earlier than however your newest piece is one thing extraordinary and has such a enjoyable fluid sense of motion. How has your previous experiences impacted this piece and can you be additional exploring this facet of animation extra so or simply an experiment?
Animation was my old flame and my dream job once I was youthful. After learning animation for a brief yr in Vancouver, I rapidly began to work in business animation, producing mini video games, interactive tales, commercials, interfaces, web sites… and “prostituted” my abilities for nearly 15 years. It slowly burned out my ardour for animation and I ultimately utterly stopped animating and shifted my concentrate on tattooing.
I had completely stopped animating for five years once I found CryptoArt. For those who analyze my physique of labor since I joined the motion, you will discover little or no animated NFTs in 2019 and may witness animated items slowly creeping again in. These days most of my items are animated and I’ve been actively coaching my animation abilities and including new animation strategies to my toolset.
“Excessive F34r”, the creation you might be referring to, is an effective instance of that. On this piece I’m utilizing animation strategies I polished these final months and a brand new device I’ve not too long ago realized to make use of: 3D planes and cameras.
Breaking down my composition into numerous planes setup in a 3D atmosphere via which a digital digicam can journey, permits me to enormously improve the sensation/emotion I need my items to convey. On this explicit piece I need to improve the sensation of confusion and chaos, so I simulated a jerky digicam making an attempt to comply with the protagonist of the scene.

Cyborg SKULL

Seeing soo a lot change from the start of your journey (2019) in NFTs to now, what has been the grand lesson that served as your aha second for an impartial artist with a voice?
My motivation as an artist is to continuously enhance my talent set and discover no matter concepts come to my thoughts, in a means I see myself as a researcher in aesthetics and as some form of critique of society.
Since I joined the motion I’ve allowed myself to discover many types and topic issues (skulls, nudes, ink work, birds, random shit…) and whereas I don’t remorse this chaotic exploration, it does confuse collectors.
Whereas I feel artists mustn’t concentrate on discovering a method that sells and reproducing advert nauseam, having some sort of constant model or a hyperlink between your types does consolation collectors and permits you to promote extra effectively.
I hate to say this however it’s nonetheless our “job” and what feeds our households so along with being artistic we additionally should market our work. For this reason I made a decision to concentrate on minting a few types, and now preserve my different explorations non-public.

King of Skulls

We’ve met in particular person (NFC Lisbon) and it was like lastly assembly an extended misplaced brother in each our greatest occasions. That occasion felt totally different to many artists that attended. What’s your tackle Crypto occasions and have you ever ever felt totally snug in a single as an artist?
It was an superior expertise to fulfill you and so lots of the artists/collectors I solid connections with these final 3 years. I’ve been working with creatives/ artists since eternally but it surely had been fairly a lonely enterprise till I found CryptoArt. By no means in my life have I been a part of such an incredible group of like minded individuals.
So yeah it was superior to fulfill everybody and I often really feel alone turf in crypto occasions. Effectively I ought to say “round crypto occasions” as I hardly ever attend speeches and spend little or no time on convention grounds. That’s the factor about crypto occasions, often the principle occasion is kind of boring and composed of 90% of individuals peddling shit or speaking about issues we already know, the actual motion is round it and in facet occasions.
I can say I really feel far more snug round you degens than round “normies”. To be trustworthy my social life has been fairly nonexistent these final years since all my time has been break up between taking good care of my 3 and 6 years previous children and creating, the little social life I had left bought annihilated by the pandemic shitshow. So I’m rebuilding a brand new social life by touring all around the globe to hit as many crypto occasions with the intention to meet you degens and I need to SAY it really works fairly nicely with my busy schedule 🙂

Rake Skeleton

Our artist group is a passionate one and as everyone knows many people have gone via a rollercoaster of happenings and feelings with the present market. How has it advanced for you throughout the final 1-2 waves of artists becoming a member of in and do you will have any selection phrases for somebody searching for a platform greater than having their very own voice?
The market rollercoaster is one thing that takes time getting used and adapting to however nothing to panic about. The primary down cycles I’ve been via shaked me however I now realized to reside with them. It doesn’t even part me anymore and I see these down occasions as part of the sport and occasions of alternatives.
My recommendation to have the ability to sleep nicely throughout bear markets is to diversify your belongings. It’s pure to be grasping and optimistic throughout bull markets however the whole lot is cyclical, the whole lot that goes up should ultimately go down. So I attempt to money 50-75% of my gross sales throughout bull markets and promote little or no to stack cryptos throughout bear markets.
I truly like bear markets as a result of I stop to be “obsessed” with revenue and my focus naturally shifts on Artwork and creation. It´s in a means a lot more healthy.
For Artists looking for a platform. Moderately than looking for a platform, I feel they need to concentrate on advantageous tuning their craft, discovering their very own model/voice, and on involving themselves with the group/creating connections with different creators.
One of many fundamental variations between conventional Artwork and CryptoArt is that our medium supplies us with many alternatives to develop relationships with creators & collectors and to take part with the event of the medium. I really feel many newcomers are lacking out on this. I see a whole lot of Artists dropping items with out creating connections with the scene pondering their previous fame alone shall be ample to succeed.
I’m afraid the crypto scene doesn’t work that means. I feel it’s important to become involved and to forge relationships together with your friends. The excellent news is that it´s quite straightforward to take action; whereas the normal Artwork world is quite pompous and elitist, most Artists in our scene are quite approachable and infrequently eager to assist and collaborate.
To renew I feel Artists who advantageous tune their craft and develop relationships will naturally discover platforms. I don´t suppose it needs to be a purpose in itself.

Burn CopyCats

Let’s get a lil predictable as a result of I do know we’re all genuinely curious… What’s subsequent for you and are there any new collections developing you can converse on?
Positive, there are some things I can reveal.
For my solo creations. I shall be extra targeted and can cease capturing in all instructions to focus on my SuperRare and Makersplace collections.
I’ve put a whole lot of effort into creating my SuperRare model, it’s a synthesis of all my abilities and a method I’ll preserve pushing and creating. I see it as my true CryptoArt model and have an extended listing of items I wanna add to that assortment.
Makersplace is the explanation why I bought into CryptoArt as they recruited me in early 2019 to be a part of one of many first batches of Artists to affix their platform. I’ll all the time be grateful and dependable to them, extra particularly to Anne-Marie Alanes, Ryoma and Dannie Chu. I’ll preserve creating my AR enhanced animated ink work “Re-animated Skeletons” collection on their platform.
Most items of that collection are NFT+ART, that means that the bodily authentic portray enhanced in AR with the animation of the NFT is shipped to the winner of the public sale. I feel it´s the best and most effective means bridge bodily and digital worlds. I’m a complete sucker for Augmented Actuality and I’m looking for methods so as to add in additional of my creations. I’ve no intention of ever stopping this collection and can slowly add to it over time. I’m presently about to complete a “Bull & Bear skeletons” miniseries that may drop quickly™. Then I’m additionally in all probability gonna be working with Kolectiv on some upcoming initiatives. I can´t reveal a lot but but it surely’s a platform that I maintain expensive because it was one among Alottamoney’s favourite. He satisfied & helped me to affix it to be a part of their first launch; it’s a platform I’ll all the time have a comfortable spot for due to that.
Lastly, I like the creations of a lot of my friends, have the possibility to be on good phrases with most of them and have become mates with a lot of them; so sooner or later I’m gonna be spending extra time on collabs.
I like collabs as they take you out of your consolation zone and add an additional layer of unpredictability to the artistic course of. It’s one thing that I actually take pleasure in. I’ve a pair in manufacturing that shall be launched on the finish of the yr/starting of subsequent yr but it surely’s nonetheless fairly hush hush. I’m additionally engaged on a couple of different loopy concepts however I´d quite preserve quiet about these as I’m not but certain they’re even doable 🤣 and haven’t any schedule on once I would launch them if ever lol.

I’d prefer to thank Skeenee for approaching and taking day out of his busy day to shed some extra mild on what makes him and his artwork. You’re a creative treasure, am proud to share the group with and makes everybody love skulls like no different, haha. See you within the bloody arenas, I bought some bones to publish. Oh btw… I nonetheless have my items 😉

Skeenee hyperlinks:
Twitter, Voxels SKULL Gallery, SuperRare, MakersPlace, Opensea, Voxels Megalo Tower
Further: Cent Highlight podcast from December 19, 2019 with Matthew from The WIP!

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