MARC KITAEN BIOGRAPHY

Marc Kitaen & Seven

Photo Illustration Artist and Graphic Designer, with a knack for crafting wild and whimsical fine artwork images and alluring creative portraits.


Born in San Diego, CA., I have worked as a visual artist for over thirty one years. For the last twenty one years creating Photographic Art Illustrations, Portrait  FX Photography and as a Graphic Designer.


For ten years I created 3D/2D mixed media sculptural wood relief wall artwork, and I operated 3 art studios at the beautiful Spanish Village Art Center, located in Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.


With a life long curiosity for the mysteries of science, spirituality, and nature, it has motivated my artistic ways through creative photographic compelling stories.


My photographic illustration art is created by using my own digital photo images, along with photo editing and special effects graphics software, including mixed media painting techniques.


The phrase "digital technology", might imply to some that the entire process involved in creating my artwork is completely computer generated.... that would be inaccurate.


Working through the concept is only one step, I then gather all the imagery that will make it "real" for the viewer and will lead them through the composition. That requires many layers of individual photos that I then mask or composite (removes the background around a selected object), to blend into an environment that feels like a place you can walk into and explore.


Some art takes less imagery, others, large numbers of photos, digital filters and effects to accomplish. Once completed, I print on a gallery-wrapped archival canvas, fine art paper print giclee's or aluminum dye sublimation plate, a reproduction process that beautifully supports my vision.

* ARTWORK PORTFOLIO SLIDESHOW *


In this "Artwork Portfolio Slideshow", the majority of my artwork categories are covered here, giving you a nice visual overview and insight into where my muses lead me to. 

* COMMISSIONED ART PROJECTS *


Portraits * People * Pets * Cycles * Auto * On Locations Photo Shoots 

* COMMISSIONED PET PHOTOGRAPHY & ARTWORK •

* COLLAGES * PORTRAITS * ON LOCATIONS PHOTO SHOOTS *

* PORTRAIT FX PHOTOGRAPHY *

CHROMA KEY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Currently I do not offer any chroma key portrait photography. I prefer to photograph people and pets at their homes, on locations at beaches, parks, or my clients can send me their personal images to use in a commission collage or portrait project.

"CHROMA KEY CUSTOM PORTRAITS"


The pursuit of doing chroma key portraits was a no brainer, since I was already creating a huge artwork backgrounds library, which was ripe and shouting to have subjects placed into them.


The constant need for original props, real plants used in my photo digital composites was justification enough to purchasing a (5) five strobe lighting system by "Paul C Buff".  My home garage was converted for chroma key photography, and though not large it sufficed for client commissions and my art needs.


Over the years has been awesome creating hundreds of fun custom art chroma key commissioned portraits for people & pets in studio and locations. Setting up my portable chroma key & lighting at locations took me to events like "Comic Con" after parties and art shows around town.


Fate would have me meet a pioneer engineer in the chroma key software industry, "Ken Colby" of "Green Screen Wizard"  software. Shortly after meeting Ken, he went and opened up a dedicated chroma key photography business "Green Screen Wizard"  studios in San Diego, CA. Ken also sells some of my custom art backgrounds CD's on his website at "Green Screen Wizard".


*For advise on Chroma Key topics and setups click here.

All Marc Kitaen Art CD Choices:


* ORIGINAL ARTWORK IMAGES * PHOTOSHOP TEMPLATES   * TEXTURE BACKGROUNDS   * OVERLAY & SANDWICH FRAMES * FANTASY ARTWORK * CHRISTMAS ARTWORK &   CHRISTMAS CARD TEMPLATES * JEWISH HOLIDAY ARTWORK * VALENTINE'S & ROMANCE ART * PIRATES, MUSIC , NATIVE AMERICAN / AND WESTERN THEMES * NATURE & LANDSCAPE ART  * REAL PLANTS & FLOWERS  * VARIETY OF PROPS * BONUS ART IMAGES!


*To Purchase my art cd's click here... it will link you to Green Screen Wizard products website page where they have 8 out of 11 of my original art cd's available for purchase!

5 Models, 3 Hair & Make up artists, a Chroma key Photo Shoot Video collaboration project at "Green Screen Wizard" studios.

3D SCULPTURAL WOOD RELIEFS * 1986 - 1996

1986 – 1996:  Spanish Village Art Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA , I had leased 3 different art studios there. I created 3D/2D mixed media sculptural wood reliefs, large wall decorations and table top designs. The finished art projects had the appearance of being 3 dimensional when viewed from the front and side angles.


Art themes included: Nature, Wildlife, Native American, Southwest designs and Fantasy.


Inlaying wood marquetry techniques, and individual pieces (designs/shapes) were layered on top of each other with the use of plates, held together by screws and glue. I painted each individual piece on all sides and edges, and also sealed them prior to painting and after, ensuring their ability to withstand most environments stresses that they may have to endure. There were also functional design elements built into the creations, like mirrors, shelving and electrically illuminated lighting.


Materials and techniques used: Marquetry (inlay and over lay hard wood veneers), oil base stains, sand mixtures, acrylic paints, electrically illuminated, metal work, and other accessories and embellishments. Over 500 art project & designs were completed and sold during that time period, most projects were commissioned by clients.


* 3D Sculptural Wood Reliefs Gallery Link *

MICROSCOPIC PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTWORK

I'm really excited about this new awesome tool, combining science, nature and art! But I am not quite ready to commit to the necessary dedicated time needed going down this artistic rabbit hole just yet. I hope possibly in early to mid 2017 my Microscape artwork will appear on my website.


There is an amazing microscopic world hidden inside the ordinary world that we experience daily through our senses. Ordinary objects become extraordinary when seen through the lens of a powerful high magnification microscope.  These worlds within worlds are pure inspiration peeled back, revealing the very foundations and structures of primal nature itself. 


The amazing "Motic" Stereoscopic Microscope, made my jaw drop when I looked at my first object. I remember feeling humble and feeling more connected to this planet, then I knew immediately I was hooked and would be making some fun new Microscapes artwork one day. 

*** GET CUSTOM ARTWORK PRINT SIZES & QUOTES ***

If you want a specific "Size" or "Custom Artwork Image" printed for "Commissioned Projects" or from any image from this website, I can offer: Archival Canvas Gallery Wrap Giclee's, Metal, Acrylic, Fine art Prints and Posters.


*Additional "Editing fees" may apply towards a clients individual printing preferences & custom order request.


My Custom large print sizes, specialty papers and archival canvas gallery wrap giclee's, are done through my personally selected fine art graphics print house here in San Diego, CA. They print my fine artwork images for my art shows and clients. They will ship directly any custom art orders to your home or business location including international.


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