Sunday, October 26, 2008

Portrait Painting



These are two of my cousins. I've wanted to do a formal portrait painting of them for awhile now, partly as a gift for their family, but also to test myself, as professional portraiture is something I would love to get more into. The painting is 30x36", oil on linen canvas.
I uploaded a photo of the real girls in context with the painting, so everyone can see my mistakes.

22 Comments:

Blogger Heather Dixon said...

This is beautiful. It feel casual and formal at the same time.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Jörn said...

Man this is good, Marco. I like the style with the rough strokes - looks filigree anyhow.

3:16 AM  
Blogger RAWLS said...

I like it my friend! How long?

11:53 AM  
Blogger michael mikolon said...

Doing two full body portraits on the same huge canvas with background and all, wow. Nice!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Jason Seiler said...

This is really nice Marco, I thin you did well on the likenesses! Beautiful work, you're crank'N these out my brotha!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Jon Diesta said...

Wow Marco. Simply amazing.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

Mistakes or not, this is beautiful! I particularly like the raw brushstrokes.

11:35 PM  
Blogger moon acbo said...

It's a fantastic!!....woooow :)

11:48 PM  
Blogger stranded said...

Beautiful work!! I love the skin colors, the brushstrokes...the little one at the back is gorgeous, the one in first term too (I love the detail in her face), but the young one pose makes a nice composition. cool! I bet your family is very pleased with this! :D

3:42 AM  
Blogger Pollock said...

Fine and great !

3:15 PM  
Blogger Manoj Sinha said...

Great coloring and strokes.But I feel that left one is looking little bit older then her photograph.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Peter Breese said...

wwwhhhhooooaaaa! This is very impressive Marco.

7:04 AM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Thanks guys. I'm glad it's being well received from fellow artists.
Rawls - It took about 30 hours of painting to finish.
Manoj - You're right. I think my painting does add a bit of age to her. I can't seem to pinpoint the cause either...probably a mix of many small things. I can't say I'm happy about that...and I wish I could go back in time and fix it. Oh well, at least she can grow into the painting :)

6:56 PM  
Blogger Scott Altmann said...

I think it came out great. Really nice job sir.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Tim Bye said...

Wowzers Marco you are a machine! This is wonderfully painted and great likenesses!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Nelson Santos said...

Good job Marco painting oil portrait is not for every artist and seem to be handling pretty well my friend one cannot judge the likeness since the kids poses aren't like the painting.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Manoj Sinha said...

Hi Marco
Crticism is very easy thing in the world, sorry I spoil your 30 hours with my few words. I think hair on her forehead, eye bags and chin(little bit more strech) will make the diffrence. You are a great and humble artist and I am follower of your coloring style. Sorry again.

1:35 AM  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Hey Manoj - no need to apologize. I don't pretend for a second that I can get everything right all the time (or even most of the time). And every artist needs criticism to grow. Thanks for your comments.

10:23 AM  
Blogger C.B. Canga said...

awesome job

11:14 AM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

The likenesses are perfect!!!
A really terrific painting...you will absolutely be the girls favorite cousin :)

12:11 AM  
Blogger Adam Ford said...

Nice sensitivity! These remind me a lot of Justin Taylors work.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Matt Ryder said...

Stunning Marco, I havent visited your blog in a while, and it looks like I have been missing out ! The warmth in your paintings is just outstanding

6:33 AM  

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