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

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Throw Back Thursday: Max's Pterosaur Watercolor Illustration



Hey folks! Here's a "Throwback Thursday" to these watercolor & ink pterosaurs that I painted a few years ago for a friend’s baby. Give someone you care about a hug today!
God bless!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Digital Dog Painting Sneak Peak




 Hello, neighbors! I’ve been digitally painting dogs! Here’s me clicking the “painted” layer on & off in Photoshop, revealing the color silhouette & loose digital pencils that I started with. I'll probably show you more very soon!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!


    HAPPY 4th OF JULY! Here's an illustration I completed last #IndependenceDay. Have a safe & super #FourthOfJuly! God bless you all!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Illustration & Character Design: The Job Treasure Hunt (MORE PIRATES!)

Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

    What is a pirate to do when the ship is sunk? Look for a new job! Here are a series of playful illustrations completed for a hypothetical project. They would work for an article about job hunting or a picture book or comic about pirates looking for work. Their purpose is to demonstrate my ability to create various illustrations about a theme & design "simplified & cartoony" characters. You may remember these guys from the little "sneak peaks" & process posts I put up a little while back. You can click the images below to see them bigger.


The initial sketch.
Digitally inking & coloring
over a scan of the pencil art.
The digital art with flat colors (before I added textures.) Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.


Searching for a career you can treasure? You may be looking in the wrong place.
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.
Flat colors, no textures.
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

Detail from the finished illustration.
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.


Think about what your past jobs. What parts were you passionate about? In which areas of that position were you skilled?
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

Flat color version.
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

Are you waiting for the right employer to randomly find your resume
or are you searching them out?
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

Flat colors, no textures.
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

Detail from the finished illustration.
 Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

It can be very rewarding to find a job that combines your skills & passions, it just may not be the job you expected. Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.

Flat colors, no textures.
Illustration by Philip A. Buck 2018, Drawn in pencil, inked & colored digitally in Photoshop.
   
   Here's more of my character design & composition process:

I started by sketching different pirates & their pets that may need to find a new job. All of these were drawn in pencil on paper. -Philip A. Buck 2018

I continued to sketch the pirates & their possible pets (yes, there was almost a monkey!) in multiple job hunting pirate related situations. Not all of them panned out. All of these were drawn in pencil on paper. -Philip A. Buck 2018

I tightened up the designs & came up with a few more situations. I also drew different elements of the illustrations that I could piece together later in Photoshop during the inking stage. All of these were drawn in pencil on paper.
 -Philip A. Buck 2018

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to check these illustrations & sketches out. You can keep up with what I'm doing on a more regular basis by clicking the social media icons on this page & following my accounts. There, you'll even find some short little videos I made while I was working on this project. You can also find this project & more in my online portfolio. Thanks again, & God bless!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter 2018: A Look Back at "The Last Supper"

The Last Supper In Watercolor, a commissioned study of da Vinci's The Last Supper. watercolor & watercolor pencils on watercolor paper.

    Happy Passover & Easter Weekend to you all! I hope you all enjoy taking part in celebrating the great love of God & all that He's done for us.

6When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
 - Romans 5:6-11


A detail of Jesus Christ in a past project, recreating da Vinci's The Last Supper. This was sketched out before I painted over it. Graphite pencils on watercolor paper.

   Here’s another repost of my watercolor interpretation of da Vinci’s The Last Supper from a few years ago. You can see the steps of my process & close up photos here. Well, until next time, may God bless you all!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Pirates Progress

Character design & composition sketches for a illustration by Philip A. Buck

    Hello friends! Welcome back. Did you see it in my last Instagram story? I’ve been drawing pirates in preparation for a thing. It's a personal project type of thing. You see, I'm drawing these awesome pirates to get some practice drawing more "simple & cartoony" characters & illustrations. I draw this kind of stuff a fair bit when I'm just doodling in my sketchbook, but I haven't made any "finished work" like this in a while. I'm thinking that if these illustrations & characters turn out decently, they'll make great additions to my portfolio. 

A process snapshot of my process coloring these pirates, their parrot & this briefcase!


A cropped detail of a pirate illustration by Philip A. Buck.  The full illustration is coming soon!

    I'm hoping to make a full process post with videos explaining how I made these cool pirates later when I post the final images. But we shall see.... Until then, God bless & ARRRRRGGGG, me matey!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

IT’S A CLUE

IT’S A CLUE 
Philip A. Buck

    Sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, an idea for a story or project you had a long time ago will suddenly come back to you with new fire & excitement. New ideas. New characters. Maybe just a funny situation. That’s been happening a bit more often to me lately. Here’s my sketch/drawing of a teen model on Pinterest that captured many of the qualities shared with a couple of teen characters in some of the aforementioned projects. I changed her hat. 😅 Something recently made me really need to gather reference images, sketch characters & think of possible story threads & characters for some old ideas I’d pretty much shelved for a while. This was one sketch that made me realize a couple of these separate ideas could actually be parts of the same big story! Hmm maybe...
     

    Until next time, God bless!