Jessi Xiong
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Jessi Xiong

Jessi X.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I most often paint with oils or digitally, but I am also experienced with acrylic, watercolors, and gouache. For my digital paintings, I primarily use Procreate on the iPad, but I've been painting in Photoshop since I was 13. Let me know what medium you're most interested in, or whether or not you'd like to explore more than one! Even if your focus is digital, I highly recommend doing some traditional painting as well; it will greatly strengthen your digital painting skills (speaking from first-hand experience).

In our lessons, we will build upon drawing foundations and strengthen your understanding of color and light by painting from observation (both from life/in person and photo/video reference). We'll learn how to mix colors and layer paint to create depth and dimension. The subjects you paint will depend on your own personal interests, whether it's landscapes, portraits, or something else; I will always give assignments with your artistic goals in mind. If you have little to no drawing experience, that's okay! Every lesson is uniquely created to fit each individual student. The same applies for more advanced students; even if you know the basics and have been painting for awhile, I'll help you hone your skills to take your work to the next level.

For those that want to ultimately create fantasy paintings or work in a non-realistic style, we'll collaborate to make a lesson plan that balances your observational and imaginative skills. You'll learn how to use reference to make your stylized work more believable.

As for supplies, I'll only require you to buy the kind of paint you want to learn with. And don't be intimidated; regardless of your budget, we can find a solution that works best for you. For digital painters on a budget, Krita is a free painting software that I've heard many good things about!

About Jessi X.

I’m an animator and multidisciplinary artist who has been drawing for as long as I can remember. I graduated from MassArt with a BFA in Animation, but I also enjoy painting, illustration, sculpture, and photography. In addition to visual art, I like to dance and write poetry.

During my time as a teaching assistant at MassArt, I quickly learned that I love teaching art. My favorite part of teaching is seeing my students improve, grow, and develop their own voice.

I have years of experience working with various mediums: digital (Adobe Suite and Procreate), graphite, charcoal, oils, acrylic, watercolor, and ink. I'm experienced with storyboarding, character/creature design, environments, fantasy art, portraits, and drawing animals, just to name a few. I specialize in storytelling and building a strong foundation based on observation. Whether you want to learn how to paint realistic portraits or design fantastical video game characters, I can help guide you on that journey. Tell me what inspires you, and we'll learn how to channel that passion into your own work!


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Jessi has been a tremendous help for my Design II class. They taught me all the proper techniques and was very patient with me and my extremely minimal amount of skill. Thanks to them I managed to get a much better grade than I usually would in these types of media classes (i'm so so so bad at technology) and I feel more autonomous when it comes to designing my own posters for shows.

Posted Feb 27, 2021
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Jessi was always kind, honest and extremely helpful with her critiques of my work. Her guidance helped me understand key concepts in what makes good art and I improved so much because of it! I highly recommend her as a tutor!

Posted Feb 26, 2021
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Jessi was a TA for my freshman year drawing class and she was amazing to be in class with! Very supportive, friendly and made the class a much more positive environment!

Posted Feb 26, 2021

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Freelance Illustrator
Nov 2020 - Present


• Designs and develops high-quality illustrations to fulfill client’s requests. • Communicates with clients throughout the process, from initial sketches to final illustration. • Draws and paints a wide variety of subject matter, including: portraits, animals, fantasy, characters, environments, and nature.

Music Video Director/Animator
Jun 2018 - Oct 2020

Fuzzy Bumble

• Conceptualized, boarded and directed music video for the song, “Colby the Space Rock.” • Regularly met with clients to present updates, receive feedback, and bring their vision to life. • Designed assets in Illustrator and animated in After Effects. • Edited promotional cuts for social media.

Poet/Performer & Featured Artist
Mar 2019 - Mar 2019

Re(Volt) Show

• Performed original poetry live in front of an audience. • Animated film: “Equal Bodies” screened during gallery show.

Teaching Assistant - Studio for Drawing
Sep 2018 - Dec 2018


• Mentored first-year students in foundational drawing skills, regularly providing one-on-one feedback and support both in and outside of class. • Helped facilitate in-class critiques and drawing exercises. • Collaborated with professor in creating the guidelines for the final project.


BFA in Animation
Sep 2015 - May 2020

Massachusetts College of Art and Design



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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