Today we’d like to introduce you to Marco Bucci.
Marco, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was not one of those talented kids in school who could just pick up a pencil and draw. I mean, I tried to do that but was never recognized for it the way other, more talented kids were. I thought this was the end of my art career, dead before I started. At age 19, I read articles from Pixar artists saying that life drawing is the best way to learn to be a good artist. I didn’t see how that was possible at the time, but I found a life drawing studio near my house and began attending classes. The teacher there taught me how to see different aspects of people: their gesture, their weight, their action, and attitude – and taught me how to draw those things and study them as independent elements. I learned about designing shapes to imitate these actions and forms. In short, life drawing changed my life. So I divide my life in roughly two halves: before age 19, when I didn’t know I could be a good artist, and after age 19, where I know I can be good if I study the right things.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Mostly I create images that remind me of my own childhood or things that I’ve seen and experienced in life. I think that the smallest things are universal, and that can fuel a lifetime of art. Standing out in the rain, or enjoying a beautiful sunny day are things everyone experiences. If you can evoke the feeling of that in your art, you can capture people’s emotions. You can also invent any kind of fantastic characters and insert them into those scenes, so long as the base emotions are there. My art is a mix of those things: everyday scenes and images and emotions we all know, but with characters we (or I) wish were real.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
Oh, it’s definitely easier to be a pro artist these days. There are so many studios and startups that need art: everything from feature film studios down to tiny smartphone video game creators. The world of print illustration is still there, too. I do a lot of work in the children’s book industry, as well as concept art for film companies. Thanks to the internet, you can even do this work remotely. I’m not from LA, for example, but have been a part of the LA art scene thanks to the internet opening up the boundaries of the freelance market!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best way is through my portfolio website www.marcobucci.com.
I also have an Instagram account where I post more of my daily sketches and stuff: @bucciblog.
I also have a YouTube channel where I teach art and break down the important fundamentals of drawing and painting: www.youtube.com/marcobucci
- Website: www.marcobucci.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/bucciblog
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/bucciblog
- Other: www.youtube.com/marcobucci