Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter 2019

Happy Passover & Easter to you all! Galatians 1:3-5 says, "May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen."
It's Incredible! Mark 15:38 says that when Christ died on the cross, "...the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom." This means that "...I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor rulers. neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39) Because He didn't stay in the tomb, but came back to life!
God’s Love, Christ’s Sacrifice & Victory over death & the presence of the Holy Spirit mean we are no longer separated from Him by sin or hardships or fears or ANYTHING. If we are saved, we are His, adopted & protected- Loved. We are NOT ALONE! No matter what happens we can turn to God. No matter what we’ve done, or what we fear, we can turn to God- who never leaves us or forsakes us. He is our ever present help. We can speak directly to Him, listen to Him, Trust in Him, Live & Rest in Him. Nothing can ever separate us again!

God Bless you all!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Plug for My Sister's Christmas Album!

Did you remember that my talented sister, Mary Morris, has a Christmas album? She does! You can listen to &/or buy HOME FOR CHRISTMAS through , Amazon, Itunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify & Youtube! I know you'll enjoy it. God bless you all!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Happy 90th Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

    It’s a little late, but HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, MICKEY MOUSE! (And Minnie Too!) ~ Digitally colored over pencil & ink drawing in my sketchbook (below.) I kind of combined the original Ub Iwerks design & Gottfredson's comic strip design together with a bit of my own choices & this version of Mickey was the result. I dig that old school Mickey look too!Just a quick post today. More various art to come! God bless, you guys!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

#MonsterMySelfie Portraits: "Franken-Baby"

Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck 5x7 inches, ink on bristol board paper.

   You’ve met the Monster & His Bride, now meet their “Franken-Baby!” The #MonsterMySelfie Portraits Sale may be over, but I couldn’t let any more time pass without sharing this little guy with you all. His amazing parents, Patrick & Sarah ordered their monster portraits a few years back & wanted the newest addition to their monstrous family to have a portrait as well! Scroll through to see his parents & a bit of my process on this piece. God bless!

View of the desk while working on Franken-Baby: preliminary sketches, reference photo (censored for privacy,) and initial rough pencils on the final piece.

Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck, (work in progress.) 5x7 inches, graphite pencil sketch on Bristol board paper.

Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck, (work in progress.) 5x7 inches, graphite pencil sketch on Bristol board paper.
Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck, (work in progress.) 5x7 inches, ink on Bristol board paper. 

Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck 5x7 inches, ink on bristol board paper.

Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck 5x7 inches, ink on bristol board paper.

Franken-Baby by Philip A. Buck 5x7 inches, ink on bristol board paper.

Monster Patrick & Sarah by Philip A. Buck. (Franken-Baby's parents.) Ink on 2 5x7 inch pieces of Bristol board paper.

Monday, November 26, 2018

#MonsterMySelfie Portraits: Monster Chris, the Triclops!

      During the #MonsterMySelfie ink portrait sale last month, it was my great pleasure to complete a portrait of Chris. I had done a portrait of his kind wife, Heather a few years back as a Medusa-like monster & was excited to give hers a mate. 

 As you can see in the process snapshots below, I changed the original photo into black & white & adjusted the levels of contrast. That makes it easier to work from.

  I then came up with a monsterized version of Chris in rough sketches. I then traced the basic shapes of the photo, (a step I don’t always do, but one I use when I am having difficulty with the likeness or just need to get it figured out faster.)

I then took a look back at the b&w photo & Monster sketch as I drew & inked the portrait.

     I had a lot of fun making this portrait of Chris & was glad Heather's would now have a companion. I hope you all had a safe & fun Halloween & Thanksgiving. I'll be posting another of this year's Monster Portraits on here next week, but if you want to sneak a look, you can visit my social media accounts listed to the side of this page. As always, thanks for stopping by & may God bless you!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, 2018!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Tom Turkey is trying not to be noticed, but the ol’ “cap & sunglasses” disguise doesn’t work as well for him as it does for Marvel movie superheroes. May we all have attitudes of gratitude & give thanks today for the many blessings we have received. Thank you all for following me along my artistic journey! May God bless you & yours!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Braids + Specs + Ink = Practice Portrait

    Here’s a practice portrait I drew last week. It’s inspired by a Dior Stellaire 3 ad for glasses that I saw on Pinterest.  ‪

    I sadly couldn’t find any info on the original model or photographer, despite searching the web.

    I’ve changed some of the facial proportions & such. You can even see some changes between the blue pencil version to the final inks. ‬Have a great week & God bless you all! ‬

Friday, November 16, 2018

An Ink Sketch of Oscar Isaac

    Here's a quick & stylized practice drawing of actor, Oscar Isaac from the other day. God Bless & have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

#MonsterMySelfie Monster Portraits Are Back! Also, Monsterized Bailey & Stephen!

Bailey & Stephen - Monster Portraits.
Ink with technical pens & brush pens on  two pieces of 5x7 inch Bristol board paper.

    It's almost that spooky time of year again & the #MonsterMySelfie Monster Portrait Month sale is back just in time! That's right, you asked for it & you've got it. Back in October 2014, I began a project where  I "Monsterized" your selfies. I received one of the biggest responses I've had for an original art project & many of you have been asking for the sale to return since then. Aside from the occasional portrait I was able to squeeze in here & there (like the two above,) I haven't opened up orders for the monster portraits in four years. But that changes now!

A closer look at
Bailey - Monster Portrait.
Ink with technical pens & brush pens on 5x7 inch Bristol board paper.

    This October, you can get yourself MONSTERIZED! You send me a picture of yourself and I draw & ink an original 5x7 inch portrait of you as a monster! And it's only for $45 + shipping! As of right now, these portraits are only available until Oct 31, 2018, so you'll probably want to hurry!

A closer look at
Stephen - Monster Portrait.
Ink with technical pens & brush pens on  two pieces of 5x7 inch Bristol board paper.

    Just click HERE (or click the Shop/PABshop link at the top of the page,) and be sent to my online shop where you can place your order & get all the details & instructions for sending the photo. For more examples of past Monster Portraits, you can see more posts about them HERE on this site, my Behance Portfolio, or on Instagram. Order your original custom monster portrait today!

  Here's another look at Bailey & Stephen, the sketches I drew while trying to figure out which how to monsterize them, & another couple of Monster Portrait examples:


Patrick & Sarah - Monster Portraits
Ink on two separate pieces of 5x7 inch Bristol board paper. 

    Until time, God Bless!
        -Philip A. Buck