Chester

Digital Art (Paint.Net), 1426 X 1827 Pixels

This goes back to a family trip from the Cotswolds up to the Lake District and the way back. ‘Twas a long journey.

Anyways, we passed through the city of Chester, Cheshire. This city is probably the most unique city I have come across in England so far – I really find the architecture there amusing.

Here are some photos I took there:

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It was interesting to see these traditional cottages housing shops like A&F, Waitrose, Yo Sushi!, etc. Chester is a living historical city – you have Roman relics, traditional English buildings, industrial Victorian cast iron clockworks and railings and modern British citizens doing what they are doing. Definitely worth spending an afternoon for cream tea there.

My art piece is inspired by the artist Julian Opie, a British artist, who is famous for creating portraits have the person’s facial features simplified, yet could enable viewers to recognise them. Here’s one of his works: the cover art work of Blur: The Best Of (2000)

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I noticed that he didn’t use this style to portray architecture, so I’d thought I’d give it a go.

Rather than using the magic wand on Paint.Net, I used a really tedious method of having the original image layered in the background and began tracing the details onto the layer above. After that, I filled in the colours with the paint bucket tool. It took me about three hours – I imagine there would be much more efficient methods.

In terms of composition, the thick lines dominated the piece. The thickness helped to give the buildings a sturdier look compared to doing the same thing in thinner lines. For colour, I had them flat as what would be expected in a Julian Opie painting. Different shades of the same grey was applied to show how the building turns around at the corner.

I think it could potential have more detail included though there should be a balance between that and being simplistic at the same time.

A future project could perhaps having that portrayed on a sizeable canvas (maybe as tall as a grown adult) or having the same style portraying a city’s skyline spanning one metre by 3 or four metres. That might be interesting.

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