MARC KITAEN ARTIST BIO - MARC KITAEN ART

MARC & SEVEN

Photographic Artistry 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 an artist for over (33) thirty three years since 1986, and for the last twenty three years creating "Photographic Artistry" , FX Portraits for Pets / People and Graphic Designs.


Between 1986-1996 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.

Creating art is a process of alchemy for me, from darkness into brilliant radiant light, exposing and celebrating the hidden and exposed emotional responses into bold colorful compositions, where imaginary takes a journey full of discovery.


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


I take my own digital photographs, and use photo editing and special effects software, including some mixed media painting techniques.

Email: marcart@cox.net   Phone: 619-618-6428

MARC KITAEN ARTWORK SLIDESHOW

THE BONDS THAT TIE ELEPHANTS

THE BONDS THAT TIE ELEPHANTS

THE BONDS THAT TIE

All elephants have several distinctive features, the most notable of which is a long trunk or proboscis, used for many purposes, particularly breathing, lifting water and grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which can serve as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. Elephants' large ear flaps help to control their body temperature. Their pillar-like legs can carry their great weight. African elephants have larger ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have smaller ears and convex or level backs.


Elephants are herbivorous and can be found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts and marshes. They prefer to stay near water. They are considered to be keystone species due to their impact on their environments. Other animals tend to keep their distance from elephants, while predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas, and wild dogs usually target only young elephants (or "calves"). Females ("cows") tend to live in family groups, which can consist of one female with her calves or several related females with offspring. The groups are led by an individual known as the matriarch, often the oldest cow. Elephants have a fission–fusion society in which multiple family groups come together to socialise. Males ("bulls") leave their family groups when they reach puberty, and may live alone or with other males. Adult bulls mostly interact with family groups when looking for a mate and enter a state of increased testosterone and aggression known as musth, which helps them gain dominance and reproductive success. Calves are the centre of attention in their family groups and rely on their mothers for as long as three years. Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild. They communicate by touch, sight, smell and sound; elephants use infrasound, and seismic communication over long distances. Elephant intelligence has been compared with that of primates and cetaceans. They appear to have self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead individuals of their kind.

African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Other threats to wild elephants include habitat destruction and conflicts with local people.

This Artwork Slideshow has a good overview of my artwork that covers many categories, giving you a nice pulse and visual insights into where my muses lead me...


*** MARC KITAEN ART GALLERIES ***

*** MARC KITAEN T-SHIRTS & APPAREL STORE COMING! ***

My new T-Shirt & Apparel Store will be operated by "Printful", one of the best drop shipping apparel companies, and ships worldwide, and e-commerce powered by, "Shopify". I will be offering many other awesome products too... Looking to open in late 2019.

*** COMMISSIONED PET ART & PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS ***

"The ability to be able to offer almost unlimited design choices for your commissioned "Pet Fun" Photo Collage project gives you many options to work with". 

For details contact: Marc Kitaen

*** ON LOCATIONS PHOTO SHOOTS ***

CHROMA KEY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY


Currently I do not offer chroma key "FX Portrait Photography". I can 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.


Marc Kitaen Chroma Key Photo Shoot / Video collaboration project at "Green Screen Wizard" studios, with 5 Models and 3 Hair & Make up artists, and the best professional support crew!


"Watch as the original chroma key photograph images turn into artwork, as a transitional before and after vision unveils itself"...


Original artwork, all video editing and graphic designs by Marc Kitaen.

Produced by Craig Wilson of Mental Ecletic.

Videographer Chris Hickey.

Motion Graphics original intro and sound effects by Alan Brock.


This model photo shoot was such an awesome artistic collaboration project! All the professional friends that came together as one creative army made me very proud to have had the pleasure of working with! From my heart my gratitude and Thank You all for making my dream turn into reality!

The entire crew: Craig Wilson of "Mental Eclectic" (Producer), Michael Lee of "A Style Coincerge", loaning us (2) Professional Hair Stylists & Make up artists: Amber Kannar , and Dan Omar, Professional Hair Stylists & Make up artist Miranda Jean, Chris Hickey (Videographer), Alan Brock (opening intro motion graphics & soundtrack), Kat Casna (production), Amy Kaczmarek (wardrobe), Models: Kat Casna, Erin Edwards, Stella Dacy, Amber Kannar, Byron Stevens and Manny Silveria. Music soundtrack by "Moby", Song title: "Silver", www.mobygratis.com

*** FX PHOTOGRAPHY PORTRAITS ***

"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.


It has been awesome creating hundreds of fun custom chroma key commissioned portraits for people & pets in studio and on 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 software engineer in the chroma key industry, "Ken Colby" of "Green Screen Wizard"  software. Shortly after meeting Ken, he went and opened up a dedicated chroma key photography studio called "Green Screen Wizard", located in the Miramar area of San Diego, CA. 


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

*** CHROMA KEY ADVISE & SETUPS ***

This green & blue screen setup was for a large event I envisioned doing one day. The measurements here portrayed are accurate and can be used to get good chroma key photography results including lighting the green screen and your subjects.


* FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON CHROMA KEY PHOTOGRAPHY,

PLEASE VISIT MY "TIPS ON CHROMA KEY & SETUPS" page


MARC KITAEN CD'S 1-11 * ART * BACKGROUNDS * FRAMES * HOLIDAYS * PROPS *

I created these original CD art backgrounds, textures, sandwich overlay frames, props, inspirational and holiday CD's for photographers using Green/Blue screen and for the graphic design communities. *All images sold are copyright ©Marc Kitaen.

WIND SPIRIT ART * WOOD & MIXED MEDIA *

3D SCULPTURAL WOOD RELIEFS * 1986 - 1996

From 1986 – 1996, at Spanish Village Art Center located in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA , I leased and operated 3 different art studios. 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 (inlaying and over lay hard wood veneers), colored oil base stains highlighting each grain line, special sand mixtures, hand painted acrylics & airbrushing, 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 *

"PIXELS 2 EDITIONS"  /  My Personal Choice for Local Art Graphics Print House

My custom large art prints, on Fine Art Papers, archival Canvas Gallery Wrap giclee's, Acrylic & Plexiglass, Dye Sublimation (metal) and Wood prints are created at my chosen local fine art graphics print house "PIXEL 2 EDITIONS", located at 9520 Padgett St #103 San Diego, CA 92126


Owner "Mark O'Donnell" treats you and your projects with ultimate respect and professional dedication (and he's a really nice guy!). The printing results you'll see are simply stunning! I was recommended to his business and I am doing the same for you if you ever need your own Best Art Graphics Printer.


PIXEL 2 EDITIONS", can ship directly any custom art orders to your home or business location including international destinations.


*** FOR MY CUSTOM ART PRINTING QUOTES CONTACT

MARC KITAEN USING THE CONTACT FORM ***

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