Monday, April 25, 2016

Meanwhile On Instagram...

Watercolor & watercolor pencil study of Yoda by Philip A. Buck. About 3in wide & tall.

    Hello, friends! It's been a little while since I've posted some non-digital comics coloring work. Let's change that! Here are just a few snapshots of watercolor, pencil, & ink sketches that I've posted over on my Instagram & other social media accounts this year. These all were done as either practice, technique studies, warm-ups or cool downs. You can click the images to view them larger!

Watercolor & watercolor pencil study of Yoda. About 2 1/2 inches tall & wide. By Philip A. Buck.

    Here is what I said about the above Yoda watercolors when I posted them on Instagram: (First Yoda,) "Another rough & quick Yoda watercolor sketch from yesterday to shake off the cobwebs! Touched it up a bit today."
 (Second Yoda,) "A fuzzy photo of a Yoda watercolor study I did earlier today. Not quite as planned (a bit over worked?) but not bad for being so rusty!"

A study of Wallace Tripp's work. Watercolor & watercolor pencil, 2 1/2x1 1/2 inches big. By Philip A. Buck.

    This little watercolor mouse was a little, quick watercolor study of a Wallace Tripp illustration. Nowhere near the master cartoonist & illustrator's skill, but it helped me figure out a few things for a piece I was preparing for. 

A loose Robert Mitchum sketch in ink by Philip A. Buck. About 5x6 inches.


Blue pencil sketch by Philip A. Buck of a guy found on Pinterest. 2.5x3 inches.


Inked sketch by Philip A. Buck of a guy found on Pinterest. 2.5x3 inches.


    Now with ink! Trying to practice using my new Pentel Pocket brush in tiny spaces. May have over worked the face? Not sure. As Yoda would probably say, "Always learning we are." Thanks for checking in! I'm planning on sharing more of my recent watercolors, sketches & comics coloring soon, but in the meantime feel free to visit the other spots I share work online that are linked in the side bar & the top of this page, including my Instagram! God bless, you guys!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Coloring VeggieTales Super Comics: Minnesota Cuke & The Search for Samson's Hairbrush


    OK, pals, it's time for more VeggieTales comics! In case you missed the last few updates & didn't know, last year, I had the great opportunity to work as a freelance Artist Assistant & Colorist for illustrator, Cory Jones as he drew & lettered the 32 page VeggieTales comic book story Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush for Big Idea Entertainment & B&H Kids publishing. The story was adapted by Mike Nappa from the Big Idea/VeggieTales video of the same name & is collected in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 4.

        "Before & after" time! Below are some examples of how Cory's line art basically looked when I received it, followed by my digital color version of each page. The majority of my work was done in Photoshop with minor corrections & adjustments in Illustrator. My original color work was in CYMK mode, but for the purposes of posting online, it has been changed to RGB mode (which alters the colors slightly.) The comic's word balloons, thought bubbles, & captions have been removed. 



    The full comic is available in 
VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 4, which can be purchased in most book stores and on Amazon and should be available as a single issue comic on Comixology soon.  This story was the fourth of many I was lucky enough to work on with Cory Jones. You can get a bigger & clearer view of these pages & more, as well as more info over on my Portfolio page. Thanks for taking a look. God bless!

P.S. Of course, VeggieTales Supercomics & it characters belong to Big Idea Entertainment.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coloring VeggieTales Super Comics: MacLarry & the Stinky Cheese Battle!

Line art by Cory Jones, Colors by Philip A. Buck

    Last year, I had the great pleasure of working as a freelance Artist Assistant & Colorist for illustrator, Cory Jones as he illustrated volumes of VeggieTales Super Comics! Today let's look at the 32 page VeggieTales comic book story MacLarry & The Stinky Cheese Battle we worked on for Big Idea Entertainment & B&H Kids publishing. The story from the Big Idea VeggieTales video was adapted by Aaron Linne & is collected in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 3.


    Last time, I showed you a "before & after" look at the pages for the story, Rack, Shack, & Benny. Below are examples of how Cory's line art basically looked when I received it, followed by my digital color version of each page for this story. The majority of my work was done in Photoshop with minor corrections & adjustments in Illustrator. My original color work was in CYMK mode, but for the purposes of posting online, it has been changed to RGB mode (which alters the colors slightly.) The comic's word balloons, thought bubbles, & captions have been removed. 


















    The full comic is available in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 3, which can be purchased in most book stores and on Amazon and should be available as a single issue comic on Comixology soon.  This story was the third of many I was lucky enough to work on with Cory Jones. You can get a bigger & clearer view of these pages & more, as well as more info over on my Portfolio page. Thanks for checking these out! God bless!

P.S. Of course, VeggieTales Supercomics & it characters belong to Big Idea Entertainment.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Coloring VeggieTales Super Comics: Rack, Shack, & Benny

Line art by Cory Jones, colors by Philip A. Buck

    As I've mentioned in a previous post, I recently had the great pleasure of working as a freelance Artist Assistant & Colorist for illustrator, Cory Jones as he illustrated volumes of the VeggieTales Super Comics series! Today I'll show you a quick look at the process for the 32 page story Rack, Shack, and Benny for Big Idea Entertainment & B&H Kids publishing. The story from the Big Idea VeggieTales video was adapted by Aaron Linne & is collected in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 3.

    Below are examples of how Cory's black & white line art basically looked when I received it, followed by my digital color version of each page. The majority of my work was done in Photoshop with minor corrections & adjustments in Illustrator. My original color work was in CYMK mode, but for the purposes of posting online, it has been changed to RGB mode (which alters the colors slightly.) The comic's word balloons, thought bubbles, & captions have been removed.


















    If I recall correctly, the lighting effects in the last to pages above were a joint effort between Cory & myself. The full comic should be available as a single issue comic on Comixology & is already available in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 3, which can be purchased in most book stores and on Amazon.  This story was the first of many I was lucky to work on with Cory Jones. Thanks for checking it out! You can check out more samples from the 3 stories that are featured in Volume 3 over on my portfolio page. Until next time, God bless you, friends!

P.S. Of course, VeggieTales Supercomics & it characters belong to Big Idea Entertainment.