Chen’s Canvas: Mid-Century Living Part Two

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Jason Chen, JagWire reporter/illustrator

Continuing with the collection for my mid-century concentration, we’ll be examining part two of Mid-Century Living. For this week, the retro car passes through the open country and sprawling fields. Please excuse the length of this blog, for it is clearly short since I included most of the description of the collection in part one.

Using watercolor and colored pencil again, I depicted the normal American family traveling through the open plains in their ’50s automobile. I used complementary colors to enhance the piece and repeated it throughout the collection.

The same style is repeated in the form that was so popular during the mid-century decades. I attempted to replicate that same fun pop style and even included silhouettes to emphasis the essence of the era.

The Mid-Century Living Part Two car, drawn in color pencil, travels through a watercolor field.
The Mid-Century Living Part Two car, drawn in color pencil, travels through a watercolor field.

The ’50s and ’60s were such great times for art and design. In the creation of this project, I hope I did justice to an era so full of style.

Junior Jason Chen is quite the artist and his art reflects on a wide range of styles and topics through mediums that include watercolor, pen and ink, pencils and frequently a touch of acrylic. In AP Studio Art, his classmates regularly comment on having him “sacrificed to the art gods.”  

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