Monthly Archives: September 2017

‘August Eyes’

I haven’t been doing many digital paintings with Adobe Illustrator lately…until recently that is. I am inspired by the various cats that occupy my chosen college, Pratt Institute: Brooklyn Campus

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Here are Spotty and Pistachio exchanging a cute peck of the nose before grunting their disgust.

This is the reference photo:

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I decided to emphasize on the peridot green eyes and various shades almost naked to the eye in the pitch black ebony fur.

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The shaggy mane reminds me a bit of a lion’s mane; so pearly and silky!

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I chose not to add more highlights or shadows upon the splotches of shadows in order to fully sharpen up the images of the rosy border.

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The star shaped blended backdrop is meant to bring out the other parts of the scenery and complement my chosen colors for my typed signature:

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My ears are pointy and twitching; eagerly anticipating some unique commissions for door signs/posters. I just need to set up my payment info…..

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‘Parisian Doodle

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My final, finished acrylic painting, ‘Parisian Doodle,’ is the fourth entry of my collection submitted to the Westminster Kennel Club annual art contest. Fun fact: this glossy black plastic frame is $4 from the nearby Family Dollar

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To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d continue after this stage; I was uneasy over whether I should or not stereotype in an asthetically pleasing way, with the Parisian Eiffel tower and Palace of Versailles garden.

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Is the ‘Parisian Doodle’ better off without the tiny delicate flecks of glossy gold Golden acrylic paint marks or not? You decide.

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I always make sure to shamelessly self endorse my live painting videos on my story portion of my Instagram page, @xi_wen_c  , at least three hours ahead.

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The close up are on my other ‘Parisian Doodle’ Instagram journal entry. Merry we meet, and merry, we part.

Your friend, coven sister, packmate, confident, roommate, ally, business partnery,

~Xi Wen Chen/陈睎文

‘Thinking of Love’

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This original acrylic painting, 14 X 11 inch framed ‘Thinking of Love’, is a combination of my newfound affections for a certain classmate/friend, while unloading the emotional baggage of my two ex-boyfriends.

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The primary symbols of this Hindu goddess akin to Kali are the seven chakras of the chakra ladder. For those of you who don’t know, according to Hinduism, the body is broken up into seven symbols, a.k.a., chakras. It begins with the red root chakra, orange sacral, yellow solar plexus, green heart (repurposed as a carrier owl with a keyhole), ultramarine blue throat, and purple third eye that resembles a crown. The crown chakra is invisible.

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Fun fact: Indian woman typically have their left nostril pierced and connected by a nose ring to their left pierced ears. The size of the nose ring indicates the wealth of her in-laws, so, better check your reflection right before crossing the altar.

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This is a close up of my owl, water lily pond, and parts of the vintage silver frame.

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I love the stylized purple of the body and red root plus orange sacral chakras. I would have added a sexy belly piercing ring, but I have a stigma against exposed naval piercings:they are for prostitutes and/or strip dancers.

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The creamy Taj Mahal is composed of creamy yellow ochre, yellow cadinum dark, cobalt blue, and ultramarine blue. I believe that there is some mars black and dark cadinum red mixed in as well.blood-moon.png

The eerie yet poetic blood moon represents all the moon deities transcending time and countries. Some include: Chang’E, Selene, Luna, Hecate, Kaguya, Artemis, Diana, and Maya.

I’m inspired completely by past/present love plus Arden Cho’s unique, unforgettable song: Memory.

May love be well with ya; I swore it off for most of my high school career which in hindsight was well worth it. I have a large scholarship to Pratt Institute, no serious health issues/STDs, or physical attachments.

All be well with thee.

~Xi Wen Chen 陈睎文

‘Le Chien Qui est Coloré’

 

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Finished & Framed Version of ‘Le Chien Qui est Coloré’

For my third art entry in the Westminster Kennel Club art contest my aunt @missmochitheyorkie (on Instagram!) texted me this gorgeous reference photo of her adorable yorkie, Mochi, for me to use as a reference photo:

 

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Occasionally, I sketch out the figure first in either charcoal or pencil rather than figure it out with a thin layer of turpenoid:

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The head is a bit too small in this initial layer

IMG_0642IMG_0678          I enjoy creating these live painting demos on Instagram because:

  1. It’s fun to answer questions from my awesome followers, shout out to friends, and share my unique melting pot of music.
  2. It reminds me that yes, I do need to add more tunes to my playlists.
  3. It’s live proof of my artistic talent/creativity.
    img_0820-e1505695916409.jpg        I had the most thrills when experimenting with the Brooklyn sunset and skyline; it’s to represent that time moves much faster than you’d like or hope.
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Close up on the face:

Please don’t forget to comment/like! I will also be posting the process videos including the embellishment and varnishing portions. And if you wish to receive more speedy updates please follow me on Instagram @xi_wen_c . Blessed be your weekend!

‘Royale Mischief’

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‘Royale Mischief’ is inspired by Victorian era paintings of pampered dogs portrayed in mansions. I decided to use oil paint to create the vivid textures in the coat and and furniture.

fb 4        The fur coat is a mass of lightly blended colors, it was fun to experiment with vibrant and subtle hues. Creating the torso and proportions was quite difficult, since this pooch isn’t standing or sitting still.

fb 0fb-1.jpeg  For the first two layers, I was at a lost as to what to do with the background; I first painted it green since grass was the backdrop in my French bulldog reference photo:

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Photo credit to The Denver Post (Westminster Kennel Club)

fb 5        I am rather satisfied with the end results: I enjoyed painting the facial expression and implying the backdrop. I believe that a mix of cadmium red and Indian red Gamblin oils was a suitable choice sicne it helped define the curves and edges of the pup.

I’ll be posting a varnish video of it the minute this painting is completely dry. Blessed be your weekend!

~Xi Wen Chen

 

 

 

‘Doe Eyed Yorkie’

yorkie 5          I decided to enter the Westminster Kennel Club/Pratt dog art contest; this is entry 1 that I’ve completed. What I loved the most about painting this ‘Doe Eyed Yorkie’ piece is experimenting with the fur texture.

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As you can see, the first layer was a bit of a struggle, I wanted to include the fur wrappers present in the reference image, yet it ended up not working out. I also made the fur too bloated and the ‘neck fur’ far too short.

 

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Reference Image: http://www.gettyimages.com/event/canine-champions-compete-at-129th-westminster-kennel-club-dog-show-52187947#mandy-a-miniature-poodle-gets-a-trim-by-her-handler-before-she-is-at-picture-id52197643

In the next layer of paint, I discovered that the composition was a bit crooked, and the dimensions a bit off, so I sought to amend that.

yorkie-2-e1504549824231.jpg      Before I could begin embellishing the painted dog with my fav Golden iridescent bright gold paint, I needed to first ‘bring back’ the fur strokes that were unintentionally lost when I touched up the backdrop with a mixture of several dark acrylic paints: phthalo blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt green, cadmium, and alizarin crimson hue.

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Here’s the 10-minute video I made on Instagram’s live feed option:

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this art grimoire entry! May all be well with ye:

~Xi Wen Chen