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Monday MADness- Sneak Peek: MAD 535!

August 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Monday MADness

Believe it or not the iPad version of MAD #535 is already out. Above is Mark Fredrickson‘s terrific cover art. This cover got a big laugh at the MAD panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where they showed it for the audience. Speaking of San Diego Comic-Con, when I was there last month I did a couple of live demos over at the Wacom booth on their fancy new 27QHD Touch. I took the opportunity to work on an actual piece for the upcoming issue of MAD. Of course I can’t actually say what I was working on yet, but… Incidentally the 27QHD is really awesome.… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- When is Enough Enough?

August 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: I’d like to know how you manage to resist the temptation to add ‘just a bit more’ to an artwork you’ve just done. I have to admit I’ve given in to that a few times and a drawing can get ruined as a consequence. A: That’s a problem for many artists, especially younger ones. I think it’s because there is always a certain amount of insecurity when you create a piece of art and the temptation to keep tinkering with it is hard to ignore. When to stop is something that every artist has to figure out for themselves. Yes, you absolutely can ruin… READ MORE

Flashback Sketch Friday- Megan Fox!

July 31st, 2015 | Posted in General

It’s getting a little crazy in the studio, so rather than post the Deadline Demon, I thought I’d put up some old artwork. Here’s pencil sketch of Megan Fox from 2009. I did a little digital wash on it and used in my book. READ MORE

Cartooning on the High Seas! UPDATE!

July 30th, 2015 | Posted in News

A few weeks ago I posted about this terrific seven day “Caribbean Cartooning Cruise” featuring myself and a bunch of real cartoonists including seven Reuben Award winners, four Pulitzer prize winners, winners of a ton of NCS Silver Reuben winners and many other awards: Jim Borgman– “Zits” syndicated comic strip; Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist; 1993 Reuben Award winner Lynn Johnston– “For Better or For Worse” syndicated comic strip; 1985 Reuben Award winner Jeff Keane– “The Family Circus” syndicated comic strip Rick Kirkman– “Baby Blues” syndicated comic strip; 2012 Reuben Award winner Mike Luchovich– Two time Pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist, 2005 Reuben Award winner… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Rachel McAdams!

July 29th, 2015 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Here’s another sketch of one of the stars of season two of HBO’s “True Detective”, Rachel McAdams. As always, this drawing is available for purchase in the Studio Store! READ MORE

Tales from the Theme Park #10

July 28th, 2015 | Posted in Tales from the Theme Park

There is a funny story at the end of the historical stuff, so if you don’t care about how airbrushed caricatures got started in theme parks, skip down to the last three paragraphs. The Origin of the Airbrushed Live Caricature There are many different techniques used to color live caricatures, from the old “chalk and glove” method to prisma color stix (essentially crayon), to pastels, to watercolors. Airbrush is one you see in a lot of theme parks and tourist centers all around the country. While I’m sure a few of them started doing it independently, the vast majority of them are offshoots of the… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Bernie Mac!

July 27th, 2015 | Posted in General

From MAD #447, waaaaay back in November 2004, here’s a look at the rough sketches and final art from MAD‘s parody of “The Bernie Mac Show”, written by David Shayne… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Sending Large Files?

July 26th, 2015 | Posted in General

Q: Since you work digitally these days, what method do you use to send large files to your clients? A: Back in the mid to late 90’s when digital really took off, trying to get large images files to a client was a problem. There was no broadband internet or wifi, and Internet connections were very slow. Uploading a 30 mb file (roughly a full page magazine illustration in CMYK) would have taken forever, and other than email there was no real consumer options for large file transfers. I Fed Exed CDs with the images on them to clients back then… “Sneaker net” on a… READ MORE

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