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NCSFest in One Week!

May 10th, 2019 | Posted in News

NCSFest begins one week from today! In fact my free caricature mini-workshop is next Friday, 2-4 pm at the Huntington Beach Arts Center. The Festival runs Friday through Sunday. Don’t miss it!! READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #61: NBA!

May 9th, 2019 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

It’s time for another thrilling installment of “Illustration Throwback Thursday”! I did this spot illustration for Beckett Basketball magazine back in 2004. The story was about creating the ultimate NBA player by combining the skills/attributes of different star players, thus the “Frankenstein” motif. READ MORE

Get Your Alfred Sketch!

May 8th, 2019 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

I did this drawing of Alfred E. Neuman as a rare commission for someone today–brush pen and marker on 9×12 bristol. Since today is Wednesday I thought I’d post it as the “Sketch o’the Week”. Then I thought I’d offer to do a limited number of Alfred drawings just because. So, for the outrageous price of $60 (plus shipping) you can be the proud owner of one of 12 original drawings of MAD‘s Chief Idiot. Order quick, when they are gone they’re gone. READ MORE

NCSFest is Next Week!!

May 7th, 2019 | Posted in News

NCSFest is NEXT WEEK in Huntington Beach!! I’ve got a lot of stuff I’ll be doing, so if you are there here’s my schedule: Thursday May 16 5-7 pm: THE BIG NCSFEST LIVE SIGNING! Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa FREE Friday May 17 2-4 pm: Caricature “Masterclass” Workshop- Huntington Beach Arts Center FREE Sat May 18 10am- 6pm: Main Street Marketplace- Booth B5 (I won’t be around at all on Sunday at my booth, so if you want a sketch this is the day!) Sunday May 19 11am-Noon: Cartoon Battles!- Pier Plaza FREE 1:30- ?? NCSFest Finale: The Big Live Draw! Hyatt Regency Resort and… READ MORE

Monday Madness: Terminator 3!

May 6th, 2019 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s one of my favorite panels from MAD’s parody of “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” entitled “Interminable 3: Rise of the Bad Scenes” written by Dick DeBartolo and printed in MAD #432, August 2003. I did a lot of sight gags in this parody making fun of Arnold Schwarzenegger being too old to play this character anymore. This was the scene in the film where Ahnuld’s terminator catches a bullet in his teeth and then spits it out. I drew his dentures coming out as wellin in addition to the AARP t-shirt. Those jokes seem quaint now that Ahnuld is about to film another… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Empty!

May 5th, 2019 | Posted in Mailbag

Looks like it’s that time again… no questions to answer in the mailbag. I actually only have to post this maybe once or twice a year, and only because many of the questions I get are repeats of ones I have answered more than once in the past (I’ve had this feature running for over 11 years, and this is the 587th “mailbag” post) or of the “please show me how to crosshatch” variety that are impossible to answer in a few paragraphs. It’s entirely possible that people have run out of questions. There are only so many questions people might have about freelancing, illustration,… READ MORE

Free Mini-Workshop at NCSFEST!

May 2nd, 2019 | Posted in News

If you are planning on attending NCSFEST is just a few weeks in Huntington Beach and you’ve been wanting to see what my caricature workshops are all about, here’s your chance… FOR FREE! I’ll be doing a FREE mini-workshop at the Huntington Beach Arts Center as part of the NCSFEST events. This two hour class will give you a taste of what my caricature workshops are all about. The class takes place Friday, May 17th, from 2pm-4pm at the Huntington Beach Arts Center, 538 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. Be sure and bring a sketchbook and some pencils, as we will be drawing several faces!… READ MORE

Workshop Warmups: Jackie Chan!

May 1st, 2019 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Here’s another “Workshop warmup” 10-15 minute sketch from my St. Louis Workshop last weekend… action/comedy star Jackie Chan. READ MORE


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