Monday, February 1, 2016

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

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

    Earlier this 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 second 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.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Sister's New Adele Parody MUSIC VIDEO, "SNOW"



    Last week, I shared with you all the Adele parody video my sister, Mary Morris, made & posted on YouTube. Mary is a 3rd grade teacher & the lyrics she wrote to Adele's song, "Hello" are all about wanting a snow day desperately. Since then, the video has already had over 480,000 views & counting!!! Not only that, but many websites & organizations have picked up on it and shared it like crazy. 

    Her local news station WBIR, Knoxville even got in on the fun & interviewed her (you can watch that here,) & filmed behind the scenes on the set of her new... MUSIC VIDEO!!! That's right! The above video is her new music video for the parody. It just happens some of her good friends helm InnerDigital & had been wanting to make a music video of her parodies for teachers for a while now. (You can read all about that & see behind the scenes pictures here.) 


Photo by Lisa Price Photography








     The video turned out amazingly, as you can see! Everyone involved did a phenomenal job & this new video is already going viral too! TIME's website has already spread the word about it, as well as many others. I hope you all enjoy this little diversion from the ordinary. I couldn't help but share what my cool sister has been up to! My family is always proud of her work as an amazing teacher & her beautiful singing at her church & events & we are also very proud of this funny video that I am sure will put a big smile on your faces! To watch more of here videos, just check out her YouTube channel. Thanks for watching, God bless!

P.S. Mary just got yesterday & today out of school, so I think the song is working!

UPDATE:
So now Mary's video has made it to a lot of places...
to the Local News & Radio stations such as: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzlN3NX_0ds&app=desktop
The Slightly Less Local News (good interview/article): http://williamsonsource.com/about-mary-morris-adele-parody/
MANY Not So Local News stations: http://www.kmov.com/…/tn-teacher-parodies-adeles-hello-with…
TIME's website: http://time.com/4188977/adele-hello-parody-snow-days/
RELEVANT magazine's website: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/…/elementary-school-teacher…
COUNTRY LIVING magazine’s website: http://www.countryliving.com/life/a37393/teachers-adele-hello-parody-snow-day/
ON THE NATIONAL TV SHOW, Right This Minute: http://www.rightthisminute.com/…/rtmtv-mary-morris-adele-co… (Scroll Down To Watch Them Talk About It.)
THE DAILY NEWS: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/teacher-snow-day-themed-parody-viral-article-1.2506300
AND NOW TODAY. COM!!!: http://www.today.com/…/snow-it-s-me-teacher-s-hilarious-ade…
I'm only a little surprised... My big sis is incredible!!!

UPDATE: 


My sister’s Adele Parody Music Videohas not only been on Inside Edition, but has hit over a MILLION VIEWS on YouTube! And yes, she got her snow days after all… 3 in fact. :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

My Cool Sister's Adele Parody Song



    I'm taking a moment to post something a bit different today. This isn't any of my artwork, but rather, something awesome my sister, Mary Morris made. She's an amazing 3rd grade teacher and an incredible singer. Not only that, but she is pretty clever too! Just a week or so ago she wrote and sang a parody of Adele's Hello after a teacher inservice day. The song is all about how much teachers want snow days too and it is very funny! And that isn't just my brotherly bias speaking- at last count the Youtube video of her song had over 267,609 views!

    I just wanted to take a sec to brag on my cool sister a little and share with you this fun video. Feel free to click its title and share the video with all the teachers in your life. :) I hope you all had a marvelous time over the holidays and I am sorry I didn't have time to upload a "Christmas post" like usual. Next time we'll get back to the posts with art but until then, God bless and thanks for taking a bit of your day to enjoy my sister's video!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Coloring VeggieTales Super Comics Volumes 3 & 4!

VeggieTales Super Comics: Volumes 3 & 4 written & adapted by Aaron Linne & Mike Nappa, illustrated by Cory Jones, & colored by Cory Jones & Philip A. Buck

    Hey folks! For a while now, I've been hinting at how I've been doing some comic book coloring this year. Well here it is! Earlier this year, I had the great pleasure of working as a freelance Artist Assistant & Colorist for illustrator (and my good friend,) Cory Jones as he illustrated VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 3 & Volume 4 for Big Idea Entertainment & B&H Kids publishing. The stories from the Big Idea VeggieTales videos were adapted by Aaron Linne (Volume 3) & Mike Nappa (Volume 4) & are collected with all new LarryBoy stories which were written by Linne & Nappa as well.


    Each volume of VeggieTales Super Comics contains 3 separate stories which are 32 pages each! I was so excited to do the colors for  all 3 stories in Volume 3 & 2 stories in Volume 4!


     All cover art was done by Cory Jones, while Volume 4's cover features some of my color work as well. Man, he did such a sharp job!

     Below are just a few glimpses inside the final printed copies of the books & our artwork inside. He has been great to work with & his fun line art made it a joy to add colors & effects everyday!





       Soon, I'll share with you all some examples of how Cory's black & white line art basically looked when I received it, followed by my digital color version of each page. Until then, you can check out such samples from 3 stories that are featured in Volume 3 over on my portfolio page.

    VeggieTales Super Comics: Volumes 3 & 4 can be purchased in most book stores and on Amazon here and here as well as in most other stores online & in reality. (Can anyone say perfect Christmas gifts?) :D Thanks for checking in & God Bless! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Rough Sketch Dec 7

 
 

    Here's a really loose & rough sketch from last week after a Rog Walker photo on Pinterest. Practice makes better, right? I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! And those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, I hope it's of to a great start!


     I'll (hopefully) be putting up a longer post here soon about some of the comic book coloring work I've been doing this year, but until then, this is what you get. Haha! God bless and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015!


    Unlike last year, I actually got around to carving the pumpkin. Usually I make a character template or something, but this year I went old school! I just took a regular knife to it and carved away all willy nilly. Spooky eh?



 
    Here is what happened to last year's neglected & forgotten pumpkin that was never carved & what became of it.  I wasn't going to let that happen again no matter how busy I am haha! I hope you all have a fun and safe day today. If you carve any jack O' lanterns this year feel free to share them with me. I'd really enjoy getting to see them! Thanks for checking in. God bless!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Max's Dinosaur's Part Six: Pteranodon Nest


    As promised in my last post, here is the final dinosaur illustration for Max! What? You don't know what I'm talking about? I'm talking about the illustrations I did for my friends Ben and Ashley's son Max! Just click here or the label at the bottom of the post to see all four illustration and a "behind the scenes" look at my process creating them.


    Like I mentioned last time, I knew these illustrations would be hanging in Max's nursery. As I thought about them rocking him to sleep in their arms and gently laying him in his crib, I knew I wanted to make this one gentle and sweet.


   As you can see, after I figured out which expressions and heads to use, I drew and inked the final drawing. I then added watercolors (which really made it pop!) I know I've already said it a bunch, but it sure was lots of fun working with Ben and Ashley making these for Max last year. I'm really thankful for the opportunity.

    Another place you can see all of the final dinosaur illustrations for Max is over on my Behance Portfolio page. Thanks for checking in! I've got to get back to making more art, so until next time God bless!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Max's Dinosaur's Part Five: Graphite Wings

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     It's time, once again to continue my series of posts about the ink drawings & watercolors I did for Max! (Previous posts can be found here: 12, 3, & 4) Having nailed down a more cartoony approach for the first of the two watercolors, I needed to decide on a scene/subject for the next one. I think that knowing these paintings and drawings would be hung in Max's nursery, I couldn't help but keep coming back to the idea of a young, little dinosaur having fun. Above and below, you can see my very rough thumbnail sketches wherein I try to figure out the subject and composition.



     I was able to come up with a few frolicking dinosaur ideas that I liked, but the ideas featuring tender and sweet interactions between the baby and a parent dino were the ones that kept saying something to me. I knew Max's awesome parents would be rocking him and singing him to sleep as they held him tight in this room. The thought of a mommy or daddy dinosaur gently nuzzling or hugging its baby seemed perfect. But what kind of baby? Is it just hatching? Does it sleep in a nest? What's it look like?



    In this detail of the page above, you can see where I started to zero in on the final subjects and composition. Now, it was only a matter of figuring out how to actually draw an extinct winged animal wrapping its wings around its baby affectionately! Not the easiest thing to do, even in cartoon form.


    I did some research into the different types of flying dinosaurs and though, I honestly can't remember which species I chose, if my sketch pages are to be believed it was the pteranodon. I searched through everything from scientific articles to Jurassic Park III clips!


    While I was still trying to decide on species, I also began working on the anatomy of the animals. I needed to figure out how their wings worked and how to show them doing and action that I quickly realized was a fairly unnatural one for the real creatures. Above, is one of the times I used some loose paper, a kneaded eraser, and a piece of wood to make a model of what the wings would actually look like when wrapping around the dinosaurs. The kneaded eraser isn't meant for this, but its moldable qualities make it often the first thing I grab when I need a "3-D" physical reference and don't want to take the time to break out the clay. I think the piece of wood is the arm of one of these guys?


    Here, you see more of my attempts to figure out the anatomy of the head and wings and what positions to put them in, as well as how much space the dinosaurs would take up.


    And finally I figured out which expressions and heads to use! It was lots of fun discovering their personalities. I was ready to draw the final image, ink it, and paint! But we'll get into all that next time. Until then, God bless!!!