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Monday MADness: Samantha Who?

November 13th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a rare look at a splash page I did for a MAD parody from roughs through final pencils, inks, and color. The published final is above. It’s rare because I very seldom scan my final pencils in before inking them, so I have few examples of the pencil stage. This is a parody of the short lived TV show “Samantha Who?” as written by Dick DeBartolo and appeared in MAD #489, May 2008. Clicky to embiggen. Pencil Roughs Final Pencils Inks Final Color   READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Portrait or Caricature?

November 12th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Is it more difficult to draw ‘realism’ and general portraits, than to draw caricatures? Initially I thought it would be easier to draw caricatures as I have seen street artists draw caricatures quite quickly and they look great but seeing yours it looks quite difficult. With a normal portrait you just draw what you are looking at but with caricatures you have to sort of make it up yourself, larger forehead, larger chin etc then working out with exaggeration goes with each individual. A: I think it’s equally difficult to draw a truly excellent caricature and an excellent realistic portrait, but from a technical… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Helena Bonham Carter!

November 8th, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

This is an old one I used in the book… the spookily fetching Helena Bonham Carter. READ MORE

From The Freelance Files: Corporate Caricatures

November 7th, 2017 | Posted in Freelancing

While I don’t have time to do many personal commission outside of the comic-cons I work, I do sometimes do caricatures for corporate clients for executives that might be retiring or being honored in some way. What’s the difference between a personal caricature and one done for corporate client?Two things actually. One is that the subject is generally unaware of the project and I am not subjected to being art directed by the person whom the drawing depicts, and therefore avoid any complications brought on by vanity or unrealistic self-image. The second reason is plain and simple… money. I am comfortable charging corporate clients the… READ MORE

Monday MADness: Judd Apatow!

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

This is a two page spread I did for the book Inside MAD back in 2013. It was just for the book and never appeared in the magazine. Inside MAD is a large book full of rarely seen reprints of MAD features as chosen by the Usual gang of Idiots, as well as essays by a number of famous entertainers about how MAD influenced their careers. The introduction of the book is written by the very successful comedy film writer, director and producer Judd Apatow. In his intro, he points out that MAD never has done a spoof of any of his movies or TV… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Finding Reference?

November 5th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Whenever I need to browse the internet for a reference I worry that any photo that comes up has been and is being used by a hundred other artists. We’re all referencing the same 2004 Prius or photo of Johnny Carson! So I try to find videos for my reference material so I can pause the subject in a way that is hopefully different from everyone else’s reference photo. Do you ever run into this? You must reference a TON when putting together a parody. A: Everybody uses the web to search for reference these days, so it’s common to be working from the… READ MORE

Workshop News: Dallas TX and More!

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in General

Some news on the workshop front: I’m announcing a workshop in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! The dates are March 9th-11th, 2018 at the Comfort Inn & Suites Love Field-Dallas Market Center. As usual the workshop is limited to 12 students, takes place over three days and includes a bunch of swag and a ton of drawing and learning about caricatures. Beginners to pros welcome, check out the general workshop details here and the specifics or book your spot here. In other workshop news, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Seegen, Switzerland, are sold out. However the cartooning school in Switzerland that is organizing that workshop has asked… READ MORE

MAD #548 “Stranger Things” Cover- Signed!

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Shameless Huckstering Dept. Today I am finally getting my shipment of copies of MAD #548 with my Stranger Things cover and art on Desmond Delvin‘s 7 page parody of the show. It’s available in the Studio Store, signed and everything and vastly overpriced.   READ MORE


Just added dates for Atlanta and London, spots still available in Dallas and Toronto!

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