Monday, April 25, 2016

Meanwhile On Instagram...

Watercolor & watercolor pencil study of Yoda by Philip A. Buck. About 3in wide & tall.

    Hello, friends! It's been a little while since I've posted some non-digital comics coloring work. Let's change that! Here are just a few snapshots of watercolor, pencil, & ink sketches that I've posted over on my Instagram & other social media accounts this year. These all were done as either practice, technique studies, warm-ups or cool downs. You can click the images to view them larger!

Watercolor & watercolor pencil study of Yoda. About 2 1/2 inches tall & wide. By Philip A. Buck.

    Here is what I said about the above Yoda watercolors when I posted them on Instagram: (First Yoda,) "Another rough & quick Yoda watercolor sketch from yesterday to shake off the cobwebs! Touched it up a bit today."
 (Second Yoda,) "A fuzzy photo of a Yoda watercolor study I did earlier today. Not quite as planned (a bit over worked?) but not bad for being so rusty!"

A study of Wallace Tripp's work. Watercolor & watercolor pencil, 2 1/2x1 1/2 inches big. By Philip A. Buck.

    This little watercolor mouse was a little, quick watercolor study of a Wallace Tripp illustration. Nowhere near the master cartoonist & illustrator's skill, but it helped me figure out a few things for a piece I was preparing for. 

A loose Robert Mitchum sketch in ink by Philip A. Buck. About 5x6 inches.

Blue pencil sketch by Philip A. Buck of a guy found on Pinterest. 2.5x3 inches.

Inked sketch by Philip A. Buck of a guy found on Pinterest. 2.5x3 inches.

    Now with ink! Trying to practice using my new Pentel Pocket brush in tiny spaces. May have over worked the face? Not sure. As Yoda would probably say, "Always learning we are." Thanks for checking in! I'm planning on sharing more of my recent watercolors, sketches & comics coloring soon, but in the meantime feel free to visit the other spots I share work online that are linked in the side bar & the top of this page, including my Instagram! God bless, you guys!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Coloring VeggieTales Super Comics: Minnesota Cuke & The Search for Samson's Hairbrush

    OK, pals, it's time for more VeggieTales comics! In case you missed the last few updates & didn't know, last year, I had the great opportunity to work as a freelance Artist Assistant & Colorist for illustrator, Cory Jones as he drew & lettered the 32 page VeggieTales comic book story Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush for Big Idea Entertainment & B&H Kids publishing. The story was adapted by Mike Nappa from the Big Idea/VeggieTales video of the same name & is collected in VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 4.

        "Before & after" time! Below are some 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.) The comic's word balloons, thought bubbles, & captions have been removed. 

    The full comic is available in 
VeggieTales Super Comics: Volume 4, 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 fourth 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 taking a look. God bless!

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