Monday, April 3, 2017

Graphic Design, Coloring for Guy Gilchrist Promos

Guy Gilchrist Promotional 8x10. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

    Hello everyone! As many of you know, I've been doing a lot of freelance color work for the amazing cartoonist, Guy Gilchrist. But did you know that I've also been doing some design work for him as well? "WHAT? You? You're not a graphic designer!" You may say. Though that's a little presumptuous of you, you are mostly correct.  However, I have done some design work in the past. I've got a cornucopia of skills. Sometimes it helps to "wear a few different hats," as the saying goes & lately, I've been wearing my graphic designer hat quite a bit putting together promotional material for Guy that he can use online & at comic conventions or speaking events. Go ahead, take a look! (Click the images to view some of them larger.) Website Header Banner. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Image edits, design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

    So this was fun! I had the challenge of taking the outstanding photography of Rory White & adding many of the characters Guy has worked on into the scene. I sampled the characters from some of the art prints Guy sells at comic cons (which he drew & I colored.) It was tricky, but we knew that the final Who Framed Roger Rabbit style meeting of "real life" Guy with his cartoon & comic characters would be a great way to show off the way he enthusiastically brings his characters to life.

Social Media MEFCC Promo for Guy Gilchrist. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

    Here is just one of many social media promos I've put together promoting Guy Gilchrist's upcoming appearances.

Promotional "One Sheet" for Guy Gilchrist. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Design & majority of character colors by Philip A. Buck

Blue Vignette Web Promo Banner. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Image edits, design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

Black Vignette Web Promo Banner. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Image edits, design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

Pull Down Vertical Prints Display Banner for Events. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Design & character colors by Philip A. Buck

Pull Down Vertical Showcase of Characters Banner for Events. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

Horizontal Event Banner for Guy Gilchrist. Photo of Guy Gilchrist by Rory White. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Photo restoration, edits, design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

    I had the added goal of restoring & editing two photos for this banner which hangs in front of Guy's table at comic conventions & other events. The properties & franchises listed & represented by characters on the banner are just the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Gilchrist has worked on & created many more fun, classic characters! Enough to fill a wall! But I could only fit so many names & characters on there with him, ya know?! 

MEFCC Exclusive Print. Characters drawn by Guy Gilchrist. Design, layout & character colors by Philip A. Buck

    Who's that yellow guy in the last picture? Why it's the mascot for the Middle East Film & Comic Con in Dubai, of course! I colored Guy's drawing of the TV-headed fellow & introduced him to a bunch of colorful new friends for this MEFCC exclusive print that Guy Gilchrist will be signing at the convention This Week (at the time of this post.) If you are at the convention, be sure to look for the banners above to find his table, meet Guy & get one!

    Thank you for checking out some of my most recent coloring & design work! Until next time, God bless!

Monday, March 13, 2017

THE EGG- Storyboarding Assignment for Schoolism Class

    I mentioned a while back that upon winning a free subscription to Schoolism, I decided to further my education & add to my skill set by taking the "Storyboarding with Kris Pearn" course. Since then, I haven't really shared much from the class. Below the break is my work for the third assignment. The assignment was as follows:
     -Students are to create a rough storyboard of a simple two character set up, wherein they establish a stageline for the board.  A third character is to enter the sequence which will require the adjustment of the stageline to accommodate the story.

     Two Characters are in an argument over an EGG.  A THIRD Character enters the scene and changed the argument (as in, the argument escalates, diffuses, refocuses... your call).   Either one of the characters, or the camera crosses the stageline in order to resolve the scene.  Try to create a simple story with a beginning, middle, and end.

     Students with demonstrate the practical use of camera continuity in service of telling a simple character story with a beginning, middle and end.

    I'm pretty pleased with it, but I wanted to share it with all of you as well as get your feedback & constructive criticism. (You can click the images or right click & open in a new tab to view them larger. Which ever is easiest for you, of course!)


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy St. Valentine's Day! - Colors for Brother Rock Comic Strip

2017 Valentine's Day Brother Rock by Randy Gabbard & Guy Gilchrist, colored by Philip A. Buck
(Click the image to see it larger.)

    Happy Valentine's Day to you all! I had the fun of coloring this special Valentine's Brother Rock strip by Guy Gilchrist & Randy Gabbard. You can read Brother Rock & see more of my color work on this series over on the official Facebook Page & also on its website soon!

    Until next time, God bless, you guys!

Monday, January 30, 2017


Different layers used in Photoshop during the coloring process. Drawing by Guy Gilchrist, Colors by Philip A. Buck.

    Hello everyone! Here's something I've been meaning to share for a bit. I've been doing some color work for Guy Gilchrist lately. He did tons of the classic merchandise art for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the past & creates new pieces to sell as commissions or prints. I was super excited when he asked if I'd do the colors for his latest "full cast" turtles illustration. In the animated GIF above, you can see the layer breakdown I used for shadows, highlights & textures in Photoshop. Of course, there was a lot of work between these steps.

The TMNT cast in a rooftop scene drawn by Guy Gilchrist.

    Here is the black & white ink drawing Guy Gilchrist sent to me for colors. It's already impressive as is, wouldn't you agree?  

Character Color Reference

    When I'm coloring preexisting characters, I'll often gather together color samples & reference images into one page that I can leave open while working. I used this reference page to narrow down the colors that I'll use the most. Are the turtles bright lime green or dark forest green?! Since there's been many different versions of the TMNT characters' colors (even just in the 80's & 90's cartoon style,) this page helped me find a "common ground" for each individual color. I wanted colors that were similar enough to each version of the cartoon turtles that they wouldn't stand out as "odd" if the viewer was only used to one of the versions above.

Drawing by Guy Gilchrist, Colors by Philip A. Buck

The TMNT cast,  the final image, Drawing by Guy Gilchrist, Colors by Philip A. Buck

    After finishing the colors & sending the image to Guy, he realized the picture's dimensions were incorrect for the size prints he was making. The solution? He had me add extra cloudy skies to the top. I think it gives it more drama & compositional "breathing room." What a thrill to work on a Gilchrist TMNT piece! (And there were more to follow!)
    Thanks for checking in for this quick look at the process. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them in the comments section below. Until next post, Cowabunga! & God bless, you guys & HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GUY!

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Quick Peek Behind the Scenes of Coloring "Brother Rock"

A video posted by Philip A. Buck (@philipabuck) on

    Hi everybody! I just wanted to pop in & share some of the very quick peeks at my coloring process that I've been sharing on social media. Above is a video demonstrating the layers I use in Photoshop.

   Here's some more step by step progress of my color work for the Brother Rock comic strip by Guy Gilchrist & Randy Gabbard. I first added his "base colors" or "Flats," then the background colors & finally, the shadows. These little ducks are so much fun! You can find more Brother Rock on the Facebook page, in my portfolio & on this site. Until next time, God bless!

Monday, January 2, 2017


A detail of a storyboard assignment in which we depict how we came to take a Schoolism class.
Rough storyboard interpretations of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much.

I may or may not have mentioned this here on the site, but it's something I'm super excited about. Recently I had the great fortune of randomly winning a free year's subscription to classes through Schoolism! I was, of course, shocked & thrilled. The last time I won something online, it was a shirt that didn't fit. This is better. A whole stinkin' lot better!

   Here's some rough work for the Schoolism Storyboarding class I'm taking! Such an interesting course! Thanks Bobby Chiu (founder of Schoolism,) & Kris Pearn (the amazing pro teaching the course!) It's never to late to learn a new skill & doesn't hurt when it's one you find super interesting & it's taught well!


    For better or worse, I'm a big time note-taker. Lots of notes from the last 2 storyboarding lessons through Schoolism. So much knowledge! Such messy handwriting!

A finished storyboard page from one of the assignments.

    I hoping to post some of the finished storyboard assignments on here soon. I'd really be interested in you guys's thoughts & any constructive criticism you may have. This class is fun, but is also certainly a challenge. It's easy to see I still have much to learn- And I'm Looking Forward To It!
Until then, God Bless & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! 2016

Luke 2:1-20 (New Living Translation)

"At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was now obviously pregnant.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 

    14  'Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.'

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Colors for Al Jardine's Single Artwork Drawn by Guy Gilchrist

Final artwork for Al Jardine's Hurry Up Hurry Up Santa Claus drawn by Guy Gilchrist with colors by Philip A. Buck

    Hello everybody! I wanted to share this with you all before Christmas. Back in August, I had yet another opportunity to do some color work for THE Guy Gilchrist, but this project was a little big different. He was hired to do the artwork for a Christmas single by Al Jardine (Yes, THE Al Jardine! As in the The Beach Boys!) When Guy asked if I could color his artwork, my reply was a speedy, "Yes!" The final image is above. As you can see it features Al Jardine & Rudolph in an updated version of Santa's sleigh. Pretty fun, huh?!


    When I'm working on the digital color art for a project that has a color palette that's already established (like the characters in VeggieTales comics) or when I'm working on a project that needs to evoke a certain style or mood (like this one,) I'll often gather together color samples & reference images into one page that I can leave open in whatever program I'm using. As you can see above, I used this reference page to narrow down the colors while getting a grasp on on what stylistic approach I wanted to use- Classic Christmas meets The Beach Boys!

The fantastic original black & white drawing by Guy Gilchrist!

    Above is the original black & white drawing that Guy sent me. Isn't it great? He really knocked it out of the park! I knew right away this one would be lots of fun. Below you can see what the illustration looked like after I added color flats, shadows, highlights, light effects/haze & colored the lines. I really wanted to go with that charming old school Christmas vibe Guy was hinting at, so I used a lot of Kyle Webster's custom Photoshop brushes to get that soft yet painterly look. What a game-changer those brushes can be!

Drawn by Guy Gilchrist colored by Philip A. Buck

    After all of that hullabaloo was accomplished, I set my sights on the meteorological aspects of the picture: SNOW! But what kind of snow?!

    Here are just two of quite a number of different versions I tried with snow. Some snow was more flakey, some more fluffy, some big & some large. These were the two I sent to Mr. Gilchrist, (along with the snowless version above,) to give him & the client plenty of options.

    When coloring Mr. Jardine's hair, I noticed that in some of my reference the hair was more brown or reddish, while in other images it was more blonde. I tried to color it with a color that was in between them all. Later, I received word that the client wished for the hair color to be more blonde, so it was back into Photoshop for me! Now I can say I'm also that kind of colorist too, in a sense.

Final artwork for Al Jardine's Hurry Up Hurry Up Santa Claus drawn by Guy Gilchrist & colored by Philip A. Buck

    (Trumpets sound!) Here it is!!! The final artwork used for the single, Hurry Up Hurry Up Santa Claus by Al Jardine (without the final text they added later.) I have to say, I'm pretty happy with out it turned out! Funnily enough, as far as I can tell, this image has only been used on Al Jardine's social media for promoting the song. The image that accompanies the single on iTunes & elsewhere is a completely different one. Go figure! I'm sure there is a good reason for that, but I'm not in the loop enough to know it. haha! I was rather pleased however, to see this online bright & bold! I'm very thankful for having had the opportunity to work on it.

    You can find Al Jardine's song HERE. You can find more of Guy Gilchrist's work HERE and HERE. And remember, my sister, Mary Morris's New Christmas Album, Mary Morris: Home For Christmas is still available (& now only $10!) HERE.

    Well, that's the whole kit and caboodle (whatever that means!) Thanks for checking it all out. I sure hope you all have a delightful & glorious Christmas & happy holidays! May God bless us, everyone!!!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Mary Morris - Home for Christmas: Graphic Design for My Sister's Album

    Oh Boy! I'm so excited! Not only is it almost Christmas, but also my sister, Mary Morris, has a new Christmas Album out! You may remember Mary's talents from her hilarious Adele Hello parody music video, Snow last year. Since then, she has been busy! Her new album, Mary Morris - Home for Christmas is officially available for digital download & CD orders at! On the album, you'll hear Mary's jazzy renditions of Christmas classics.

One of the multiple versions of the CD's DiscArtwork.

The more minimal, final version of the CD's disc artwork.  
    As Mary was preparing to release her new Christmas CD with the incredible A&M Productions, I was asked to finish up it's graphic design. Now, straight up graphic design isn't something I do a lot of, but I was happy to participate & help in any way possible! During the album design process, I took the provided photography (by Lisa Price Photography!) into Photoshop & Illustrator to add all of the text & adjustments. I even trimmed a tree branch in PS to make a bit more room for the album's title. For the text & layout I relied heavily on the preliminary design work that A&M had put together. I kind of used their work as a "rough draft" that I could build upon while changing fonts & moving things around etc. Arlen at A&M's work was a big help! I also had assistance from the great Chad Morris (my sister's husband.) Such a wise fellow.

    Gosh, I'm so glad I got to help out with this fun project. I'm really proud of what Mary & A&M productions have put together! It's such great music! I hope that all of you will take a moment to check out Mary's website & get your awesome Christmas music today. Also, be sure to check out the promo video on the website! Until next post,  may God bless you & may you all have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

A video posted by Philip A. Buck (@philipabuck) on

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! 2016


P.S. Check out my sister's new Christmas Album that debuted today at