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LA Workshop 2!

January 19th, 2018 | Posted in General

My second LA workshop is underway! Here’s the class illustration. I still have one spot newly opened up in my Dallas Workshop, taking place March 9-11th, only two spots left in the Chicago Workshop (April 20-22nd) and only 3 spots left in the NYC Workshop (May 4-6th). Get them while they are still available. All my other workshops in 2018 are sold out, but you can get added to the waitlist if you are interested. READ MORE

Getting MAD in Burbank

January 18th, 2018 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Pictured: MAD Executive Editor Bill Morrison and Art Director Suzy Hutchinson going over the pencils for my first parody with them… went better than I expected. The Lovely Anna and I dropped by the new MAD offices in Burbank while I on my west coast workshop tour. Most of the stuff from the NYC offices had just arrived and was still in boxes, but things were definitely looking MAD there. All the offices have colored glass sliding doors with DC characters and scene on them, including a few MAD ones. Clark and I working on a story… Perusing Bill Gaines’ personal bound copy of the… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Burgess Meredith!

January 17th, 2018 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Another of my favorites from the 60’s Batman show, Burgess Meredith as “The Penguin”! READ MORE

In the Materials World

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in General

Here’s my annual “what kind of ________ do you use?” post, updated to 2018. Any links are just one possible source for purchase, do some web searching and you are bound to find the same things elsewhere and possibly cheaper. In the Studio For doing my publication work I use a lot of different tools and materials. While most of what I do these days is digital I do occasionally, when the job calls for it, pull out the old paints and such. Here are the tools I like to use in the studio: Pencils– Honestly I usually use whatever I end up grabbing from… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Dave Berg Tribute!

January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Monday MADness

Dave Berg was a contributor to MAD for 46 years, from his first appearance in 1957 up until his death in 2002. He did quite a few different things for the magazine early on but he was most famous for his feature “The Lighter Side of…”, which first appeared in MAD #66 in October of 1961. When Berg died in 2002 he had a number of “The Lighter Side of…” gags in the works for MAD #427, written but unfinished. MAD assigned these to eighteen different MAD artists to complete and published them as a tribute to Dave in that issue. These included work by… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Multiple References?

January 14th, 2018 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: At a workshop you mentioned you use multiple photos for each caricature you develop. Can you explain how you analyze multiple photos and bring them together into one drawing? A: Not for each caricature, but for important ones, yes. Photos lie to you. They are only two dimensional and factors like lighting, focus, angles, and even odd expressions can give you the wrong information when trying to really capture a subject. You can’t really do a caricature from a single picture of someone you are not already familiar with. What you are really drawing is a caricature of a photo, not a person. You… READ MORE

LA Workshop #1 Underway!

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in News

Speaking of workshops, my first workshop of 2018 started just a few minutes ago here in Los Angeles, CA! I am doing another one in the same location next weekend. Above is the “class illustration”. On the workshop front I am sold out in Atlanta (Feb), Toronto (June) Switzerland and London (Aug). I have a few spots left in Chicago (April) and Long Island City (May) and that one that suddenly opened up in Dallas (Mar). I am looking into possible locations and dates in Washington DC in July and Las Vegas in September, and maybe another here in Minnesota in October. Nothing solid yet,… READ MORE

Spot Open in Dallas Workshop!

January 12th, 2018 | Posted in News

I just had a spot open up in the previously sold out workshop in Dallas on March 9-11th. This has been an odd one. I usually have one, maybe two people drop out (especially when the deadline for payment of the balance of tuition comes nigh) but I have had an unusual number back out for the Dallas workshop. I have burned through my waitlist and now have a spot open and no one waiting on it. So, good news for anyone who wants to get in on the class! Claim that last spot here! READ MORE


LA Workshop no. 2 underway today!

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