Thursday, March 27, 2008

First Portrait Commission

I've painted a lot of quick head studies, but this is the first time I've accepted a commission for a traditional portrait painting. The subject is Jacquelynne, a person I feel very fortunate to call my friend. Painting this was like fighting a mini war. Had to stay focused for a lot longer than I usually do on a head, and take it to a higher level of finish. It also was a great field test for painting with small tiles of colour (an approach I learned primarily from Morgan Weistling).
Anyway, I'm happy to say the portrait was well received!
Oh, and this is 12x16", oil on canvas.


Blogger Mark Behm said...

Fantastic, man. It's nice to see you could run a little longer distance isn't it? Great eyes!

2:52 PM  
Blogger David R. Darrow said...

I've been poking in and out of your blog since a Google Alert I have set notified me that you wrote about Morgan Weistling (when you got his DVD set) and I wondered how a caricaturist would adapt Morgan's teaching.

I have seen a lot of "students of Morgan" claim to have learned great things from him -- no doubt they have -- but this portrait stands out as you having really "gotten it" and applied it well. This is a very strong portrait, great brushwork, values and hues. You should be very proud of this, and accept more portrait commissions with the confidence that, in the end, you will give them an heirloom-quality work of art.

Nice work, man! Great paintings like this are hard work, are they not? ...almost an artistic wrestling match, and you did not let the painting beat you!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Kyle Marshall said...

Amazing! Like the earlier comment, love the eyes

7:50 PM  
Blogger GhettoFab said...

awesome what you put into this! Fantastic Marco!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

WOW Marco! The portrait is amazing! Did she sit still the whole time or you took a photo of her?

10:32 PM  
Blogger Dillon Thompson said...

Wow,what a great likeness. You are awesome with the oils.

1:00 AM  
Blogger Yusecki said...

that looks really nice. Its great to able to compare the portrait to the real person:D

5:06 AM  
Blogger mike said...

well done, sir!

7:04 AM  
Blogger pinky said...

gawd this is beautiful.
geeze man, I'll give you more respect in mario kart!

7:20 AM  
Blogger Michael Pieczonka said...

Marco, holy crap!! Beautiful job.. that is a fantastic portrait.


10:15 AM  
Blogger max said...

Absolutely stunning. You raised to the challenge in a great way. Your friend Jacquelynne must be so happy.

1:07 PM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

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1:49 PM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Thanks for commenting guys!
David, thanks a lot for the post (I'm a fan of your blog too, by the way!) Maybe I can address some of your comments. Morgan's DVD (especially his short portrait sketch) really was an excellent demonstration of what can be done with just 5 values. So the key, for me, is to always know which value I'm working in. As you can see from previous posts, I also do lots of studies from the masters to understand how they simplified things like value. In response to the caricature-related question: to me, the only idea that separates (good) caricature from (good) portraiture is the amount of attention you need to pay to the actual shapes on the model. The caricaturist can often observe one or two essential features about the model, or an overall relationship of shapes, and exaggerate that for a likeness (which still requires powerful observation, and considerable drawing skill). The portrait artist is concerned more with revealing precisely how the light falls on the model, and the placement of the forms/masses. I don't want anybody to think I favour one art form over the other. I love both.
A lot of my favourite portrait artists are also great caricaturists (and vice versa), because one really does feed the other. Dan Adel/Tom Fluharty/Jason Seiler are all great examples of that. There are other things to say about painting, of course, but what I took from Morgan is mostly how to control value.

6:31 PM  
Blogger adam de Vries said...

I have to tell you that im very impressed with this painting, you did a fantastic job, great portrait,
im curious how your going to top this
any how talk to you soon,
your pal,
de Vries

10:07 PM  
Blogger David Lobenberg said...

I have a commission to do Nathan, the grandson of Bob, the manager of a Sacramento art supply store (Bob really likes my acrylic work). Nathan is about the same age as Jacquelynne. Anyway, I hope my painting comes somewhat close to the quality of yours. If it does, I may (gulp) post it. Nice work, Marco!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Neil Davies said...

Wonderful portrait Marco!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Really beautiful work, Marco! I can see why it was so well received :)

11:13 AM  
Blogger Adam Ford said...

beautiful painting man! I love it.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Nathan Lindsay said...

Very well done, Marco. She could only be happy about it.

10:29 PM  
Blogger PaulSketch said...

wow! amazing work, and congratz on your 1st traditional portrait commission!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Skim said...

really nice painting, you captured her beautifully!

12:59 AM  
Blogger adrian said...

Amazing once again Marco!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

ha ha CONGRATS!! that is soo cool man! way to go!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...


5:29 PM  
Blogger bog_art said...

Man, you are a monster!!.. this portrait is terrific!!.. all your studies you did before have brought you to this point!!..

3:28 PM  
Blogger Kevin Keele said...

Gorgeous! Congrats dude.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said...

Really brilliant work man !!!

6:43 PM  
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9:26 PM  
Blogger Roberto Freire / Robolus said...

Congratulations Marco.
Beautiful job.
I love her eyes.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic work Marco . Having patience to see it through is quite a test . Again - beautifuly done .

1:18 PM  
Blogger Thomas Fluharty said...

ABSOLUTELY Beautiful marco!!!!!!!! looks Incredible~T

3:52 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Absolutely beautiful!

6:20 AM  
Blogger Anders said...


7:18 AM  
Blogger Urban Barbarian said...

HUGE TALENT!!!! This is so good!

2:14 PM  
Blogger Paul Hamblin said...

Very nice. Your work has real soul to it. I can feel he humanity in the eyes.

4:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Scholes said...

Such great oils! Man you update so much, inspiring.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Niall O loughlin said...

That's fantastic Marco.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Stephen Noble said...

Hey! Good painting eh!!!

10:23 AM  

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