Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
|Dragon Riders of Pern after Michael Whelan by Philip A. Buck. Ink on Bristol board paper.|
Dragon Riders Of Pern
First, I roughed in pencils of the main dragon figure & its rider while paying close attention to Whelan's original while making subtle changes. One obvious change I made is the composition. I also moved some things around, (including some dragons,) & added lots of clouds. You can see the original cover art, "Wheyrworld" by Michael Whelan on his website HERE.
Next came the inks! Below you can watch a quick Instagram video about this step... OK it's just me pantomiming to Enya while inking.
Listening to the #LordOfTheRings soundtrack by #HowardShore while doing some more work on this commission of a #dragon from the #dragonridersofpern series. I may be getting into it too much. (Drawing by Philip A. Buck after #MichaelWhelan with a little #WilliamStout & #williamBlake thrown in. I'm not #Enya.) . . . #fantasy #art #fantasyart #ink #blackandwhite #inktober? #comiccon #commissions #PhilipABuckA post shared by Philip A. Buck (@philipabuck) on
While adding the hatching on this piece, I thought about the way etchings by folks like William Blake & Albrecht Durer look. I approached it more loosely than that, but those kind of pieces heavily influenced my choices.
I looked at a bunch of William Stout's work while drawing & inking the clouds. He's a very skilled artist & the clouds in the backgrounds of some of his drawings (namely this King Kong illustration,) are amazing & were used for reference.
|Dragon Riders of Pern after Michael Whelan by Philip A. Buck. Ink on Bristol board paper.|
And here's the final image again. This one's the "raw" scan before I adjusted the levels in Photoshop. Thanks for checking it out. Working on this drawing reenergized the inking side of my brain & it was a blast to work on. Until next time, God bless you!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
|Dakota the ghost dog!|
Happy Halloween, boos & ghouls! May I present to you this petrifying pet portrait I recently drew! As some of you may recall, I had a special sale back October of 2014 called, "Monster Portrait Month," which was also know by its hashtag, "#MonsterMySelfie." It was quite fun & many monsters were made. Since then, I've had requests for a return of Monster Portrait Month, but due to many factors have never been able to do it again. Maybe some day! YET, a friend of mine named Heath just happened to catch me at a perfect time with an opening in my schedule. He requested this ghostly portrait of he & his wife Amanda's dog. You see, back during the original Monster Portrait Month, I had drawn monster portraits of both of them & Heath's hope was to surprise Amanda with the portrait of their pet as a way of completing their "monsterfied family," so to speak. He asked, if it was possible, if I could make their pup look like Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas. What a fun idea & project! I was happy to hear from Amanda & Heath that they really enjoyed the way the piece turned out! (By the way, Amanda is not only a good friend, but quite the artist! Check out her Facebook page & Instagram.)
Let's take a quick look back at the Monster Portraits from 2014!
|Jennifer & Paul!|
|Patrick & Sarah|
|Heath & Amanda!|
And while I have your attention, behold the jack O' lantern I carved this year!
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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.|
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 Vistaprint.com & 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.|
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
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!
Tuesday, July 4, 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
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
|Brother Rock, Memorial Day 2017 by Randy Gabbard & Guy Gilchrist, Colors by Philip A. Buck.|
Click the image to view it larger.
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
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!
Coloring more of Randy Gabbard & @guyfgilchrist's #BrotherRock comic strips, so... . . . #comics #comicscoloring #coloringcomics #comicstrips #art #digitalcoloring #rock #rockandroll #monks #guardiansofthegalaxyvol2 #awesomemixvol2 #mrbluesky #electriclightorchestra #guygilchrist #guygilchristart #randygabbard #philipabuck #music #behindthescenesA post shared by Philip A. Buck (@philipabuck) on
The Other Day: Coloring Memorial Day "Brother Rock" Comic Strip… https://t.co/cqAvRlmKVC— ✨Philip A. Buck✨ (@PhilipABuck) May 19, 2017
— ✨Philip A. Buck✨ (@PhilipABuck) May 17, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
|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.)
|GuyGilchristArt.com 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!