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Sunday Mailbag- Sketchbook on Amazon?

September 18th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Will your book “Sketch o’ the week Vol 1” be available on Amazon like your “Mad Art of Caricature”? A: No, because Sketch o’the Week Vol. 1 isn’t really a book, not in the official sense. It’s just a self-published collection of sketches. The Mad Art of Caricature is a real book with an ISBN number, Library of Congress Control Number, is distributed with a real distributor and carried by book wholesalers like Ingram, Baker & Taylor and Barnes & Noble. I didn’t think it was worth going through all that to make Sketch o’the Week Vol. 1 an official book and have it… READ MORE

The Tutorial Mindset

September 16th, 2016 | Posted in General

Tonight kicks off my first caricature workshop weekend! I’ll be working with 13 students all through the weekend on how to draw caricatures. The students range from total beginners to seasoned caricature pros that frankly draw better than I do and I’ll be doing the learning. They have come from as close as right here in the Twin Cities to as far away as China. I’ve been thinking a lot leading up to this week about teaching caricature and the best way to approach it, and looking back over some of the comments I’ve gotten on my The Mad Art of Caricature book I realized… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #28

September 15th, 2016 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Back in late 2008 and early 2009 I did a series of spot illustrations for a small newspaper in (I think) North or South Carolina called “The Independent”. They accompanied a weekly feature with stories on local politicians/business people and other local “color”. Some were caricatures of the locals and some were just cartoons. They were quick turnaround jobs, and just black and white. Pen and ink with digital grays. READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week: Winona Ryder!

September 14th, 2016 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

The first of a series of caricatures from the TV show “Stranger Things”… Winona Ryder! READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week, Vol. 1!

September 13th, 2016 | Posted in News

A week or so ago I hinted about something new I would be debuting at New York Comic Con, but I needed to wait until I got the proof to be sure it was going to turn out. Well, I got that proof yesterday and everything is a “go” for my first sketchbook collection Sketch o’the Week (and other stuff) Vol. 1! It’s a 6.625 x 10.25 square bound paperback, 60 black and white pages with a UV coated glossy color cover (proof above has a standard cover, I’m upgrading to the UV coated one), containing 100 sketches. As the name implies, most of these… READ MORE

Monday MADness: Kim City!

September 12th, 2016 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Hmmm, this doesn’t seem quite as funny as it was back in MAD #473, Jan 2007… too prophetic now, maybe? READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Tired of Drawing?

September 11th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: I was wondering if you ever get tired of drawing. If so, what do you do to stay motivated, other than getting a paycheck 🙂 A: I love my job. I get to draw funny pictures for a living.. what’s not to love? That said, it is a job, and sometimes you get tired of doing any job. After hours and hours and hours of working on the same project sometimes the last thing I want to do it sit back down at the drawing board and get back to work. Reading books is nice. So is watching a movie. I also like to… READ MORE

MAD About the MAD Website

September 9th, 2016 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s my annual(ish) plug about MAD Magazine’s website/blog aka “The Idioitical”. While the magazine only comes out every other month, the editors and creators at MAD publish new and very timely content almost daily on their website. Here’s a sampling of some recent stuff. If you are not visiting regularly, you are missing out on some laughs! READ MORE


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