Friday, March 10, 2023

Happy Mario (BOWSER) Day 2023!

BOWSER, King of Koopas
Philip A. Buck
Ink on bristol board, digital coloring in Photoshop.

BOWSER... (detail.)

HAPPY MARCH 10! Or as it’s better known, Mario Day, (Mar10.) And to celebrate the Mario Bros., I decided to do an illustration of their arch nemesis, Bowser (King Koopa!) Trust me, it makes sense! 😅 I drew Mario, Luigi & Princess Peach for Mario Day a while back. This was a perfect time to add their big, bad foe! I tried to do a mix of the old school “classic" look & his new design from the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Movie. (Doesn’t Jack Black sound amazing as Bowser in the trailers?!) Below are glimpses of the coloring, inking & sketch process, as well as the other characters’ portraits.

Bowser coloring process in Photoshop.

After drawing Bowser in blue pencil (which will be removed in Photoshop once scanned,)
 I inked the small drawing with pens.

Preliminary sketches for Bowser.

Luigi Mario

Mario Mario

Princess Peach Toadstool

 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Mario Day & God bless!

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Images of Kaijune Past

"GODZILLA" - Philip A. Buck
Created in Photoshop

"BALTAN" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper, colored digitally in Photoshop

"Baltan" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper

    Day 2: A Baltan from Ultraman! Drawn & inked with pencil & pens, colored in photoshop. (Check out the two process pictures.) Ever since I first saw these creepy dudes, I was a fan. Their designs have changed over the years, but they still have that quirky, cool quality!

"GUESRA" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper, colored digitally in Photoshop.

"GUESRA" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper.

    Day 3: A 
Guesra from "Ultraman!" These sea monsters also have fun designs that are just enjoyable to watch in action. I had a blast drawing & inking this one. It’s about 8x8 inches & colored digitally in Photoshop.

"HEDORAH" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper, colored digitally in Photoshop.

"Hedorah!" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper.

    4: Hedorah! This “smog monster” is a foe of Godzilla. Throughout the campy, psychedelic film they clash in, Hedorah appears in four forms of sludgy terror. The kaiju may appear silly, but she adds a somber, dark tone to the 1971 flick as the embodiment of pollution & destruction! Spooky, silly stuff! Great creature!

"GYAOS" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper, colored in Photoshop.

"Gyaos!" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper.

5: Gyaos! This pterosaur & bat like species of kaiju is a recurring foe for Gamera, Protector of Children.
Gosh, I’ve enjoyed the Gamera movies I have seen & the Gyaos are some of the cheesiest & coolest enemies he faces! 

"GAMERA" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper, colored in Photoshop.

"Gamera!" - Philip A. Buck
Ink on paper.

   6: Gamera! Gamera debuted in the 1965, Japanese film, “Gamera, the Giant Monster.” Originally this fire-breathing, rocketing turtle beast was a troublemaker, but he grew to be a defender of Earth & all children!  I got a bit carried away with the drawing.I’m not completely satisfied with the digital coloring, but it’ll do the job.

I hope you enjoyed these illustrations & the original black & white ink drawings. Do you enjoy kaiju & giant monsters too? Which is your favorite? My top four are probably cliche, but they are Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera & King Kong (in no particular order.)

Until next time, God bless!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

CYBER SALE EXTENDED: Up to 50% Off Everything In My S6 Shop!


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And there's framed home decor, stationary, more apparel & tech gear too! Check it out while the deals last!

God Bless!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Monster My Selfie - Vampire Kid Portraits! (Halloween 2022)

Rhett & Juniper, children of the niiiight! Two 5x7 inch ink drawings on bristol board paper.

    Happy Halloween everyone! Here are a couple of awesome kids I had the pleasure of turning into monsters this month. I had drawn their parents as vampires for the #MonsterMySelfie Portrait Sale back in 2014 & even their dog as a ghost in 2017. This year, their folks jumped at the opportunity to monsterize the kids too! How neat is that? Take a look below to see a glimpse of my process & the whole monster family. You can click any of the pictures to view them larger.

   I sketched on paper & in Photoshop different ideas for how the kids were going to look. I then sketched out monster versions of the kids in Photoshop. I printed off black & white versions of the reference photos, then used my light pad to make sure I had positioned the kids' features & shadows in the right places with correct proportions on the final bristol board paper. I lightly drew the kids "normally" to try to maintain their likenesses. 


    Then I printed off the monster sketches (at different sizes to make sure one of them would match the scale I was working in,) & used the light pad again to make sure I was placing the monster features in the right places.

    Following that, I referred back to the original photos, black & white photos & sketches to draw out the final "monsterized" versions. I used various ink pens to ink the drawings & a bit of white ink & white posca marker to make a few touch ups. 

A close up of Rhett's final ink drawing that was sent in the mail!
Rhett's portrait, scanned & levels adjust in Photoshop.

Juniper's digital sketches printed out.

Juniper's final ink drawing that was sent in the mail! (Seen here with a couple of the pens I used.)

Juniper's portrait, scanned & levels adjust in Photoshop.

Dad & Mom! (Heath & Amanda, also vampires.)

Puppy dog, Dakota... the ghost!

    I hope you enjoyed looking at my process & these cool kids. If you would like to see more "Monster My Selfie" Portraits &/or more of my process, just click here. If you'd like to order an original drawing of your own, click here. Have a happy & safe Halloween everybody! Enjoy the spooky season!

God Bless,

-Philip A. Buck

Monday, September 12, 2022

The "Monster My Selfie" Portrait Sale Returns for 2022!


Hello Friends! (I hope I didn't startle you,)
They're baaaaack!!!!

They're back by popular demand! It's my #MonsterMySelfie Monster Portrait Sale! You can have yourself or a loved one transformed into a monster in a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork! With Halloween on the way, these make great gifts and decorations. I'm only taking a limited number of commissions with this sale & only the first few are guaranteed to be delivered before Halloween. So it's in your best interest to be an early bird that gets the worm! And I want you to get worms....err... I mean, the benefits, while they last!


For more information & to order your custom portrait today, just click here:

And be sure to tell your friends & enemies!

Spooky Tidings & God Bless,

Philip A. Buck

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Mandalorian and Grogu (Baby Yoda) Watercolor Process Video

    Here’s some process video clips of my work on the Mandalorian & Grogu / BabyYoda watercolor I painted last year. These don’t cover every stage of the process, but hopefully they make it clear enough how I did this painting. Sketches➡️Drawing➡️Masking Fluid➡️Painting Background➡️Remove Mask➡️”Watercolor Pencils”➡️ Finally, more Painting and Color Pencil work in many layers to intensify the values and colors.

You can see still, close up images of this process on my previous post.

For more of my artwork and process check out the rest of my website, or my other social media accounts & portfolio, Music in the video: The Mandalorian ~ Star Wars Lofi by Closed on Sunday: This track is on Spotify: 

Original theme by Ludwig Goransson for Lucasfilm

Thanks for checking it out! God bless! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2022


Happy Star Wars Day! Here's a Mandolorian & Grogu watercolor painting that i started last May 4th and finished sometime that month. I just never shared the finished painting on here!

 I think later I might reshare some of the process videos I posted in my Instagram stories last year.... Until then, have a great day and May the 4th be with you! God bless!