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June 29th, 2016 | Posted in General


Tales from the Theme Park #16

June 28th, 2016 | Posted in Tales from the Theme Park

This happened around 1993 or so at a short lived nightclub complex in downtown Minneapolis called “Mississippi Live”. I had set up a single artist location in a big commons area where patrons could come out of the various clubs and bars that opened into the area with their drinks. Lots of very drunk people. One of the staples of a live caricaturist’s repertoire in an adult setting like that are “boob gags”.  Not exactly highbrow humor but your play to your crowd. Quite a few of the women joke about giving them bigger breasts in the drawing, and 100% of the men with them… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Harry Potter 7!

June 27th, 2016 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a look back at the pencil roughs and final art for the parody of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” written by Desmond Devlin, from MAD #507, Feb 2011.   READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- MAD Blog Anniversary?

June 26th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: When did you start doing your blog? A: Funny you should ask that. Exactly 10 years today! My first post was June 26th, 2006! Here’s the 10 year anniversary stats: Over 7.6 million page views Best day ever: 22,199 views 3,597 total posts 477 Sunday Mailbag questions answered 489 Sketches o’the Week posted Thanks to A.E. Neuman for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here! READ MORE

Interview for ISCA’s “Exaggerated Features” Podcast

June 24th, 2016 | Posted in News

The International Society of Caricature Artists is a 25 year old organization of professional caricaturists from around the world. They’ve had a podcast for awhile called the ISCast but recently rebranded it “Exaggerated Features“, which is also the title of their long running newsletter/magazine. I was interviewed by host Cory Lally for the latest episode. The podcast is now available on iTunes and via Soundcast. It’s only 13 minutes long, so it’s not a major time commitment. I’m the first in an ongoing series that asks different artists “What is a Caricature?” My initial answer was “about $30”, but Cory wanted something more in-depth. If… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #27

June 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

I did this piece for Airbrush Action magazine sometime in 1999. It was a step by step on creating an airbrushed caricature illustration, using newly elected Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura as the subject. READ MORE

Drac o’the Week- Louis Jourdan!

June 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

This week’s Dracula sketch features Louis Jourdan as the titular Count from the 1977 BBC television film  “Count Dracula”. As always, the original is available in the Studio Store. READ MORE

Tales from the Theme Park #15

June 21st, 2016 | Posted in Tales from the Theme Park

Here’s another in a long line of “nobody believes a theme park caricaturist does anything but theme park caricatures” story. This just happened earlier this summer when I was filling it at one of my locations in Minnesota: A couple sits down to get their caricature done. One of them is wearing this shirt: Me: “Hey, I did the artwork for that shirt! I do a lot of work for Jeff Dunham!” Her: “Yeah….. Riiiiiiight.” Me: “—-” Okay, so it’s not much of a story. It’s just funny that so many people find it hard to believe that anyone who does live caricatures at theme… READ MORE


Drac o'the Week- Louis Jourdan!

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