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On the Drawing Board 8/8/14

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Well, I’m not actually at the drawing board right now, unless you count all the caricatures I am doing of the men and women in our armed forces serving in undisclosed locations in the Persian Gulf this week. But, here’s what is awaiting me when I get back to the studio next week:

  • MAD TV parody- For once I can tell you exactly what I am working on for MAD, since editor John Ficarra spilled the beans in an interview at Comic-Con last week… it’s “Orange is the New Black”. This, I believe, will be MAD’s first parody of an Internet-only TV show. History, baby. Historians will be disappointed I am the one drawing it.
  • Comic Book Project- Met with the writer of this project at Comic-Con, and things are moving along with this humorous zombie story. Loving working on this… it reminds me of the old EC comics tales.
  • Book Illustrations- Way behind on this but have gotten some headway on the pitch. Working with a TV comedy writer and the book is quite entertaining.
  • Unique caricature illustration project- Wow, talk about ambiguous. Not sure I can really share what this is all about but it is a fun and somewhat historical gig. It invokes caricatures/gags of celebrities for a well known chain of… something.
  • Jeff Dunham Product Illustration- Jeff is in the news right now as he just announced he’s doing an ongoing show at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He and I are working on a line of Vegas themed products for his new venue. Very beginning stages brainstorming gags right now.
  • Marlin Co. Poster- My usual monthly assignment. I posted the sketch of the last one Wednesday, here’s the final of that one:

Dentist-Halloween

On the Drawing Board- 6/24/14

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Fair Food finalClicky any to embiggen…

I have a couple of big projects on the board right now that is keeping me from accepting a lot of little jobs. There are pros and cons to that, but mostly pros. Here’s what’s on the board right now:

  • MAD Magazine- 5 page TV show parody
  • Book Illustrations- Working with an author on a “pitch” for what looks like a really fun book
  • Comic book project- Sort of a half graphic novel I am now way behind on.
  • Marlin Co Poster- My usual monthly assignment. Above is the final of a recent one I did for them. Pencils and ink below.

Fair Food roughs

Fair Food inks

On the Drawing Board- 4/15/14

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Hand SanitizerClicky to embiggen…

Things are heating up on the old drawing board. Here’s what’s going on right now:

  • Comic Book Project- Ongoing, but going into higher gears now.
  • MAD TV Parody- Just got the splash for that. Six or Seven pages. Great subject.
  • Marlin Workplace Poster- My usual monthly assignment
  • Event poster- An unusual project, will share when appropriate.
  • T-shirt design project- Just a little thing I am doing for a good client.
  • New print illustration!- Debuts next week!

Last month’s Marlin poster posted above, pencil rough below.

Hand Sanitizer roughPencil Rough (digital)

On the Drawing Board- 2/4/14

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Egg Hunt final
Clicky to Embiggen…

The drawing board is heating up in the cold of our Minnesota winter. Lot’s of regular client work on the board as well as a few different projects:

  • Marlin Co workplace poster- My usual monthly assignment. Last month’s art above.
  • Comic book project- I’m really digging in to this one right now, and it will usurp a lot of my time over the next two months. It’s a 45 page comic written by a veteran TV comedy writer. I’m doing all the art (pencils, inks and color) on interior and cover. His plan is to have them in print in time for Comic Con this summer. I will certainly plug the project when the time is appropriate.
  • DC Comics cover- This April DC is going to have another run of “variant covers” done by MAD artists, and I’m doing one again. Last year’s was a lot of fun. Just did the pencils and got them approved, will be inking and coloring later this week.
  • Corporate caricatures- A local design firm occasionally hires me to do caricatures of executives for their corporate clients. Not usually my favorite kind of project but the art director for this firm happens to be an artist who worked for me doing caricatures back in the early 90′s at my Minnesota theme park operation, and corporate work like this can pay quite well.
  • Penthouse “Dave Navarro” spot illustrations- a run of three more of these, used as the column header graphics for Dave’s love/sex/life advice column in the magazine. See below for the one I did for this month’s issue.
  • MAD Movie parody- Awaiting the layouts to get started on this one for MAD #527.
  • Misc Commissions- Finishing a couple of James Bond commissions this week as well.

Cupid Dave

 

On the Drawing Board- 12/24/13

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

What, me work over Christmas? Yep. Here’s what’s on the board right now:

  • 7 Page MAD Movie Parody-
  • Special art commission- A rarity for me, but more on that later this week
  • 40 plus page comic book project- This one will be a lot of work, but my first long comic book story since my “Coneheads” miniseries for Marvel back in the 1990′s! I’ll be sure to plug it here when I get the go ahead.
  • Marlin Workplace poster- my usual monthly assignment

Speaking of workplace posters here are a couple I did recently… sketches and finishes:

texting at lunch

texting at lunch_roughs

wedding

wedding_roughs

On the Drawing Board- 9/17/13

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Most of these are in progress already but I’ve got a lot to get done before I depart on Saturday for Italia:

  • CN MAD Show episode- This one is for the upcoming 100th episode in November!
  • Brochure Cover Art- This is for a scientific event program of some kind, and features caricatures of Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Salvador Dali (!). An interesting project and one I will write about due to a certain aspect of it I sometimes run up against
  • Marlin poster- My usual monthly assignment
  • Jeff Dunham Illustrations- Doing a few of these for Jeff for some products
  • Penthouse “Dave Navarro” Spot Illustration-

On the Drawing Board- 08/27/13

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

icepack_final
Clicky to embiggen…

I’m crazy busy with travel in the next two months, so this workload is looming as being about three times what it is with my constrained drawing table time… Here’s what’s on the drawing board right now:

  • Penthouse- More spot illustrations of celeb columnist Dave Navarro
  • MAD- 7 page parody of a big summer movie for #524
  • Jeff Dunham- Illustrations for some retail products
  • MAD TV Show- Doing a secret side project for these guys…
  • “When We Went MAD” Movie Poster- Summers almost over so I need to get serious about this.

I just finished the above Marlin Co. workplace poster, pencil sketch below.

icepack
Clicky to embiggen…

On the Drawing Board- 7/5/13

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Coin Flip final
Clicky any image to embiggen

Here’s what’s cooking on the drawing board right now:

  • MAD parody- Very popular TV show, 6 pages, due yesterday
  • Jeff Dunham Illustration- For a line of products
  • Doctor Who print- Yes, almost done with this! Goes to printer on Monday. Will debut here probably on the 16th.
  • Marlin Poster- My usual monthly assignment. Above was last month’s poster final, below the sketch and inks. You might notice the sketch was done digitally… I’m finding that drawing the roughs out digitally is a real timesaver, not because it’s faster to draw but because it’s faster to make corrections. Also, I am not so inclined to spend time on the line quality or waste it working up some meaningless detail better left for the final pencils.
  • MAD Documentary Movie Poster- This is on the back burner until after Comic-Con.
  • Special project for MAD Cartoon Network show- Ditto until after SDCC

Coin Flip sketch
The DIGITAL roughs

Coin Flip inks
The inks (real ink on paper)

On The Drawing Board 6/7/13

Friday, June 7th, 2013

HR-final

I’m still a week away from coming up for air after the big NCS Reuben weekend two weeks ago (!!) Here are some projects I finished and/or am working on since I got back:

  • Marlin Workplace poster- My May assignment, final above and sketch/inks below (clicky to embiggen) Completed
  • Jeff Dunham Illustration- New one Jeff will use for an upcoming project being released next month. Will fill everyone in on that when it’s out. Completed
  • WB Product Illustration- Another Alfred illustration for T-Shirts, etc- Final in Progress
  • MAD Movie Parody- 6 Pages, last minute assignment for next issue. Final in Progress
  • Marlin Workplace Poster-My June assignment. Sketch Phase
  • Jeff Dunham Illustration- Jeff must be ramping up some retail projects. This will be for a specialty clothing item. Sketch Phase

That’s what”s going on right now. Oh, and I have a “Doctor Who” print to do!

HR-sketch
Rough Pencils…

HR-inks
Inks…

On the Drawing Board: 5/2/13

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

no_tent

Here’s what cooking on the drawing board this week:

  • MAD Project- A very interesting project for an upcoming book. I can’t give away much, but it’s being written by someone who is famous in the movie biz and will be an original part of a MAD collection book due out this fall.
  • Promotional magazine cover/poster image- Repeat client I did an NBA cover image for last year.
  • Workplace poster- My usual monthly assignment.
  • MAD #522- I am supposed to have something in this issue but haven’t been assigned it yet.

Kind of quiet on the freelance front right now, although with the Reubens coming up this month that’s probably a good thing. I am currently in Massachusetts training new artists for my operation at Six Flags New England. May is by far the worst month for me as far as available time for anything.

Just for fun, above is last month’s workplace poster job final. I actually did two of those last month (I sometimes do extra ones for them). Below is the pencil rough for the above one, plus the roughs and final for the second. As always clicky any image to embiggen.

no_tent rough

Pencil rough for first poster job…

staff pics rough

Initial pencil for second poster. Interesting premise… they wanted a hospital staff shown exhausted at the end of a shift, being asked to look happy and fresh for pictures. The masks were their idea.

staff pics v2

That one didn’t really work too well. I thought the masks were kind of creepy, espeically showing someone with one on. Instead I proposed we have them being handed out but no one actually wearing one. They wanted more exaggerated exhaustion as well. As you can see I did the revised roughs digitally.

staff pics

Final image. I suggested we lose the actual photographer and replace with a box of “Happy Masks”. The whole thing is still a weird concept…

 

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