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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Coloring VeggieTales Super Comics: Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue

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

    I can hardly believe it's been a year since I had the treat of working as a freelance Artist Assistant & Colorist for illustrator, Cory Jones as he drew & lettered the 32 page VeggieTales comic book story Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue for Big Idea Entertainment & B&H Kids publishing. The story was adapted by Aaron Linne & based on the Big Idea/VeggieTales video & characters & is collected in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 5 (as well as sold as a single story here.)    

    Below are 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.) Also, Blogger does something that decreases the image quality & resolution, but you can still see a slightly better version of the images over here. The comic's word balloons, thought bubbles, & captions have been removed. 

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

Line art by Cory Jones

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

    The full comic is available in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 5, which can be purchased in most book stores & is available as a single story paperback on Amazon & elsewhere. This story was the sixth of many VeggieTales comics I was lucky enough to work on with Cory Jones & VeggieTales. Thanks for checking it out! For more you can check out the VeggieTales tag below or head on over to my portfolio. God Bless you, friends!

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

Monday, October 31, 2016

It's the Great Uncarved Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    When you don't have the time or energy to carve a pumpkin, but want a jack o lantern to greet trick or treaters...

   HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Spook safely! Until next post, God bless you, my friends.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Coloring for Guy Gilchrist: World Stroke Day & Nancy

Nancy illustration drawn by Guy Gilchrist & colored by Philip A. Buck

   Hello everyone! This Saturday is "World Stroke Day" and in recognition of this, Nancy cartoonist, Guy Gilchrist has teamed up with the American Heart Association & the American Stroke Association to bring us all a special strip Saturday in the paper as well as this story about his own experience having & getting past a stroke. Please check the article out, (it is even illustrated by Guy, himself.) The above image of Nancy with a heart is also used the article. I was pleased to be the one Guy called on to color it for him. Below, you can see the original line art that he provided me with.

Nancy with heart drawn by Guy Gilchrist

    My dad is a speech pathologist who works with stroke patients, so I know that strokes & all things related are serious business. So please, take the time to check out the article (as well as the American Heart Association & American Stroke Association,) & spread the word about World Stroke Day. Thanks, folks! Until next time, God Bless.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

Coloring for Guy Gilchrist: Animal from The Muppets!

"Animal" Drawn by Guy Gilchrist & colored by Philip A. Buck

    Hey, everybody! Check out this awesome drawing by Guy Gilchrist that I got to color. Animal in action! haha! You can buy prints of this & a bunch of other drawings by Guy & colored by me at Oklahoma City Comic Con this weekend (which means, right now!) You can also get them signed by the cartoonist himself! Pretty cool if you ask me. So if you're in that area, search out his booth at the con, if you want to see some awesome stuff. Who would've thought I'd get to color The Muppets for the very person who co-created The Muppets comic strip?! 

    Well, I just wanted to let you all know about the convention prints. I'll be posting more of them in the days ahead. Until next time, thanks for stopping in & God bless!