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Wizard World Chicago Starts Thursday!

August 22nd, 2017 | Posted in News

Come see me this weekend at Wizard World Comic Con, Chicago (aka Chicago Comic Con)! I’ll be in Artist’s Alley at table A49, all by my lonesome as The Lovely Anna has got better things to do other stuff going on. I’ll have all my usual junk plus new this year are copies of “Goodnight Batcave”, a brand new comic-con exclusive mini-print, and of course will be doing commissions and caricatures. Come and order those early because without Anna I will be interrupted a lot when doing them and won’t be able to do as many as I usually do, so my commission’s list will… READ MORE

Monday Animated MADness- Capt America’s Got Talent!

August 21st, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at some character designs I did for episode 28 of the MAD animated show on Cartoon Network, a segment called “Captain America’s Got Talent”: Sadly the only video of it online is a dubbed and poor resolution Spanish version: READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Just Ignore The Bad Ones?

August 20th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: I did a caricature gig for the opening of a local restaurant. My first customer was a heavy woman in her ’50s, my first drawing of the night. She had such a roundish, potatoish face and I did my best but threw away the first one and didn’t do much better on the second. Question; when somebody has a face like that do you define the features with cheekbones you don’t see and muscle tone that isn’t there? Second question; early in your career did you ever run into a similar circumstance where you couldn’t nail the face and were stumped or did you… READ MORE

Die Deutsche MAD!

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Number One Son Thomas studied overseas this spring/summer is a little town names Eichstätt In Germany, about 1.5 hours northwest of Munich. The Lovely Anna and I went to visit him (I also taught a workshop in Munich while there). Germany is one of the few countries who still produces their own version of MAD, where they license the magazine and reprint a certain amount of the US material while also doing their own content, covers, etc. One of my missions was to find a copy of a German MAD while there. I failed miserably. Granted I didn’t go looking for comic book shops or… READ MORE

A Handy Guide

August 17th, 2017 | Posted in General

These are some style guides for generic hands for an animated project I am working on right now. They are just a bunch of general hand gestures that the CGI artists will use for their basic constructs, male and female versions. The difference between the two, beside the obvious longer fingernails for the female hands, is mainly in the size and “meaty-ness” of the palm and fingers. In general females have smaller and more slender hands, where males are thicker and meatier. Interesting enough when I researched it, women and men have different sized fingers. Females tend to have longer thumbs and index fingers, but… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Leslie David Baker!

August 16th, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Still snowed under with work, so here’s a older sketch I found in a recently discovered thought lost sketchbook of Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson from “The Office”. Original available in the Studio Store. READ MORE

Wacom Video Interview

August 15th, 2017 | Posted in General

A short video interview with me while I do a quick doodle of MAD‘s Alfred E. Neuman on a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD. READ MORE

Monday Animated MADness- Big Fang Theory!

August 14th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a look at another of the MAD animated show segments I did some character design work for… The Big Fang Theory! When you see the actual animated piece, you will see that they just loosely based the characters on my drawings, this time. Different style of animation than usual:   READ MORE

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