Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Post Wizard World Comic Con NASHVILLE Post: A Recap of My First Convention as an Artist in Artist Alley

A few of the sketch cards I drew before the con. I also took requests throughout the weekend.

   Wow! How time flies! It's already been almost three weeks since Wizard World Comic Con NASHVILLE & I'm still smiling. It was such a great time! I was excited about having my own table at a comic convention for the first time, but didn't entirely know what to expect. I received great advice from other artist who attend cons often, but was still a bit anxious. What a thrill! Yes, it was a lot of work, but you all made it all worth it! (CLICK IMAGES TO VIEW LARGER.)

My initial setup Friday morning. As you can see, most of the other artist's hadn't set up yet. I didn't know how long/short a time it would take. But I was glad to have the extra time. Featured in this photo is my new table front banner that I designed just for the con. I ordered it through Vistaprint.

    The most popular thing at my table, by far, were the sketch cards. (Also seen at the top of the post.) They're like little baseball or trading cards with original drawings by me. I had a selection of pre-drawn characters on on table & also gave the option of requesting any character you wanted. I drew so many! I didn't get pictures of all of them, but here are a few snapshots that my friend Wyatt & I took.


    I did a good number of Star Wars characters ahead of time & while at the con, because, ya know, it's Star Wars.

Special Guest, Stan "The Man" Lee was in Nashville! I did not meet him. We were both probably sad about that.

There were a a few characters that people requested, that I'd never heard of, like this guy!

Just a few of the Pokémon I drew throughout the convention.

A character I'd never heard of from a show I'd never heard of! Looks cool!

Another popular guy from a thing I've heard of,
 but do not watch. I think he turned out pretty good
A character from a popular game apparently!
 (For a girl named Mercedes.)

I actually saw some Ghostbusters at the con! They "had just caught a ghost." 

My new "pull down" banner I designed & had made through Vistaprint.

     Here is a closer look at my table display with new banners from & new art prints that I had printed at ASAP printing in Hendersonville, TN. I think I may still do some tweaking with the setup, but it served me well this time!

Convention Table: Art Prints & Sketch Cards.

Convention Table: Art Prints, Commissions, Original Artwork & Sketch Cards. The "table front" horizontal banner was attached using Velcro & safety pins. It worked this time, but wasn't the most reliable method. I still may rig up something else next time.

    While at the convention, I had the pleasure of meeting many of new, friendly folks & reuniting with some familiar faces. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting each of you that came to my table! It brought me so much joy to talk with you & draw for you! I also enjoyed meeting some other artists & entertainers whom I'd never met before. Below are some examples of some of their fine work that I was lucky enough to buy at their tables! I barely had time away from my table, but I knew I had to pick up some of their work!

Art Print by Beth Hughes.
Sketch Cards by Danny Limor (top drawing) & Yoni Limor (bottom three drawings)
 of Pencil Ink Publishing.

    Thanks again to my buddy Wyatt Langford drove into town to be my partner at the table & basically kept everything going while making it even more fun. And a big thanks to my awesome parents for helping me cut out sketch cards & much more. Thanks to Guy Gilchrist for the tips & connecting me with Wizard World & making it happen & to all the awesome folks at Wizard World (specifically Scott Perry,) who made it way easier to have a pleasurable time. All of the Music City Center staff that I had contact with were great & boy, what an amazing facility! Thanks! And thank you Scott "Scoot" McMahon for the advice to try sketch cards! All of you made my first con in Artist Alley not only possible, but incredible!
    It seriously was such a delight to meet so many cool & friendly people, kids, teens & adults alike! It did my heart good to draw for you all & to see you smile as you received your custom drawing or just when you stopped by & had a chat. God is good & he used this experience to bless me & remind me once again of how great it is to create things for people. I'm not sure when my next con will be, but already excited about it! I'll see you then!!! God bless you all!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wizard World Comic Con Nashville 2017 Announcement

    I have exciting news, everyone! I will be sharing a table with John Lotshaw in Artist's Alley at Wizard World Comic Con Nashville! The convention is Sept 8th-10th at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. Details are below. I'm working on putting together lots of art for you all. I'm looking forward to meeting new friends, meeting up with old ones & celebrating Guy Gilchrist's induction into Wizard's Hall of Legends! I'll see you there! God bless!


Music City Center
201 5th Avenue 
Nashville, Tennessee 37203


Friday, Sep 8, 2017 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 - 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Birthday America, 2017!

    Happy Independence Day! I barely got this done in time! (Haha! I got a little carried away.) I hope you all have had a wonderful 4th of July! God Bless!

-Philip A. Buck

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Colors for the New Bugs Bunny Print by Guy Gilchrist

    Hey, pals! Check out this color work I did for Guy Gilchrist's new print! Guy has been drawing bugs Bunny since the 80's. His drawing of Bugs was phenomenal, so I knew I had to deliver! I'm pretty pleased with the result.

    Here, you can see the original black & white ink drawing by Guy Gilchrist. You can find more of his work at his website or his Facebook. You can also purchase prints & original art there or when you meet him at your local comic convention! Just imagine a beautiful signed copy of this print upon your wall or in a frame at your bedside haha! So cool! Thanks for checking in! God Bless!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017- Brother Rock

Brother Rock, Memorial Day 2017 by Randy Gabbard & Guy Gilchrist, Colors by Philip A. Buck.
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    Have a great Memorial Day weekend & Thank You to all who have served our country, especially those who “gave all for all.” Can’t say it much better than Brother Rock! (By Randy Gabbard & Guy Gilchrist, Colors by Me!) God bless!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Coloring Brother Rock: Mother's Day & Another Glimpse Behind the Scenes

    Howdy, folks! I hope all of you moms had a wonderful Mother's Day! This is the Mother's Day  Brother Rock strip by Guy Gilchrist & Randy Gabbard that I colored. Speaking of which- every so often, I'll livestream or post quick process videos on social media as a way of letting you all have a peak at what I'm working on at the moment & how I'm doing it. In the last batch of video clips & live broadcasts I've featured my work coloring the Brother Rock comic strip. Take a look!


    Thanks for checking these out! For more of my posts on this website about Brother Rock just click HERE. To read the strip as they come out (including the upcoming Memorial Day strip,) visit the Brother Rock Facebook page or By the way, the music in the videos was by The New Respects, Electric Light Orchestra, The Zombies, Switchfoot (featuring Lecrae) & Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP.) You can catch any more videos & live broadcasts at my social media profiles linked on the side column of this page. Thanks for taking the time to check out this post. Until next time, God Bless!

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!