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
This is the reference photo:
I decided to emphasize on the peridot green eyes and various shades almost naked to the eye in the pitch black ebony fur.
The shaggy mane reminds me a bit of a lion’s mane; so pearly and silky!
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.
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:
My ears are pointy and twitching; eagerly anticipating some unique commissions for door signs/posters. I just need to set up my payment info…..
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
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.
Is the ‘Parisian Doodle’ better off without the tiny delicate flecks of glossy gold Golden acrylic paint marks or not? You decide.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I am not able to upload the process videos yet, but I will at the first chance I receive. This is one of the most special acrylic personalized portraits that I’ve had the privilege of being approached first to create.
I’ve been inspired by watching process art videos on other amazing artists’ Instagram and business websites, which is why I have chosen to make my own live stream. None of my art process has been edited/tampered in any shape or form. I choose from a wide variety of music to listen to as I weave with my magic, and to entertain my local/global audience.
My playlist for this series of live journals are:
- ‘Fight ’til the End’ by Jack Savoretti
- ‘I Found’ by Amber Run
- ‘Dollhouse’ by Melanie Martinez
- ‘Chillin’ like a Villain’ by Adam Schmalholz, Tom Sturges, Antonina Armato, Tim James
- ‘Ways to be Wicked’ by Sam Hollander
- ‘If Only’ by Adam Anders
- ‘Playdate’ by Melanie Martinez
- ‘Big Girls don’t Cry’ by Fergie & Toby Gad
- ‘How to Save a Life’ by the Fray
- ‘Game of Survival’ by Ruelle
- ‘Cut the Cord’ by Shinedown
- ‘Sound of Madness’ by Shinedown
- ‘Enemies’ by Shinedown
- ‘Adrenaline’ by Shinedown
- ‘Call Me’ by Shinedown
- ‘If You Only Knew’ by Shinedown
I’m very excited to show the completed version of ‘Madame C’ very soon. I also have several other ideas that I’m looking forward to working on outside of the thumbnails. Think of them as profound throwbacks to my childhood as a selective mute, introvert (still am), and old soul (I feel as though I’m at least 1,000 years of age, lmao!) Enjoy your Friday night everyone!