Sunday, December 28, 2008

Portrait of Scott

I painted this portrait in mys studio today while my best bud Scott Cohn was down visitinga nd working on his comic (Army of Darkness) over the holiday.

We usually sit back to back in my studio when we work, Scott taking the guest table. I've known Scott for 17 years now--half his life, sheesh! he was the first serious comic student I met and I sort of took him under my wing, lo those many years ago. he's gone on to become quite the artist, so you should check his site out.

So I decide to paint Scott in what is a natural pose, working! So while he drew Bruce Cambell fighting demons I painted away, my faithful dog Shazam, sitting between us as all herding dogs would. We then hit the gym and I put the last touches on the painting when we got back from pumping iron. This is 11 x 14 in oil on Dick Blick canvas. I'm pretty happy with how this came out, I'm sure being in my studio and painting a friend gave me a relaxed feeling that so often I don't have when painting in school.


Mr. Hawthorne said...

Scott is a fantastic artist! And you did a great job on this!


Mike Manley said...

Yes, he is and thanks Mike! I'll have to paint you sometime.

j said...

There is something about capturing people in the moment, that make a painting so good. I like that it looks so natural and not posed. Damn good.


markmors said...


This is a damn fine piece of work!

Scott Cohn said...

now do it like byrne would do it, and paint me from the opposite side without looking.;)

Alina Chau said...

beautiful painting!

Mike Manley said...

Thanks Alina!

mburrell12 said...

I like this portrait.The best so far and afterwards.Your brush work is very nice.Getting closer to Sargent here. The lighting is more diffused which allows you to be much more sensitive.Your not bashing the paint with your brush, beating a painting out of it.Your working with it, finding edges, drybrushing,caressing the form this way then the other. In terms of working with the brush this is your jump ahead of yourself piece as time goes on you'll be here most of time and sometimes jumping even further ahead.
Just in case you didn't figure it out, I really like this one.
Mike Burrell (Got here by way of wetcanvas.)