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Orlando Workshop Underway!

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in News

My Orlando Caricature Workshop starts today through Saturday. Check my new Workshop Page for details, upcoming dates and other info. If dates are set you’ll find a link to the a place to place a deposit. If it’s still TBD you’ll find a link to my contact page where you can email me and say you’d be interested… no obligation. Potential future locations include Dallas TX, Pittsburgh PA, Springfield MA, New Jersey, NJ, Munich Germany and Eagan, MN! READ MORE

Monday MADness- Royal Tenenbaums!

January 16th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the splash page for one of my earliest movie parodies, writer Arnie Kogen‘s send up of Wes Anderson‘s “The Royal Tenenbaums” which appeared in MAD #417, May 2002. It’s has a sentimental place for me because MAD doesn’t parody these kinds of films very often anymore. In fact, after this one the only films I’ve drawn the parody for that did not feature wizards, British spys, robots, tributes, or super-heroes, have been “School of Rock”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “American Sniper” and the recent “Sully”. Sadly the original scans and color art, including the scans of the roughs, have… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- What do you use for…?

January 15th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: What utensils do you use for your inking?…brush?, crow crill pen? feather? ….all of the above, none of the above …etc. Also, what pencil do you use and how do you erase the pencil after inking. A: Welcome to my every-year-or-so answer to the perpetual question “What kind of ______ do you use?”… Updated to January 2017 accuracy. 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… READ MORE

Until Further Notice…

January 12th, 2017 | Posted in General

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On the Drawing Board- 1/10/17

January 10th, 2017 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Final tweaks on illustrations for a new MAD book (top secret) due out this fall MAD job for #545 “Z-People” comic book finishes Assorted other projects Marlin Co/workplace poster illustration The image above is this month’s just released workplace poster/illustration, pencil roughs below. This one was 100% digital, inking and all. READ MORE

Monday Madness- “Silly” Pencils

January 9th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a look at the pencil roughs for MAD‘s parody of the movie “Sully” from the latest issue. You can see some of the finished art here. Better yet, go out and buy a copy of MAD #543 to see the whole thing!: All of these roughs were done digitally on a Cintiq 27HD Touch and PhotoShop. READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Working in Theme Parks?

January 8th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Does an aspiring caricaturist need to do theme parks to earn a living doing caricatures? How does one find work as a freelance caricaturist? A: That’s two questions. Let’s start with the first one. No, you do not need to work in a theme park to earn a living as a caricaturist. In fact it’s tough to earn a living as a theme park caricaturist unless you own your own operation or work at a place that is insanely busy year around because of the nature of the business. Theme parks take around 40% of the gross sales as their “rent”, which is ridiculously… READ MORE

NCS Silver Reubens Call for Submissions!

January 6th, 2017 | Posted in General

It’s that time of year again, the National Cartoonists Society’s annual Divisional Awards aka the “Silver Reubens” are gearing up, and they need your submissions for consideration. Each division has specific sets of eligibility criteria, but the following are universal: Must be professionally published between Dec 1, 2015 and Dec 31, 2016 Creator need not be an NCS member, but must be eligible for NCS membership (i.e. a professional cartoonist) The NCS has changed some of the procedures for this year, so please read the gudielines carefully. Here’s the details from the NCS website: The National Cartoonists Society has begun its annual call for entries… READ MORE

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