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Sunday Mailbag- Will Never “Get” Caricature?

March 12th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: In your training seminars have you found everyone is teachable/learnable? Do you ever have a student who will NEVER get it? A: Not in any of my workshops (so far), but yes, I have run across many people, some artists of good ability, who just don’t “get” caricature, and maybe might never be able to draw them competently. Drawing and drawing caricatures are two separate things. Everyone is teachable to some degree. If you study and practice drawing hard enough, you will improve your skills. That doesn’t mean anyone can become a great artist, it just means anyone can improve their ability to draw… READ MORE

Uh oh…

March 7th, 2017 | Posted in General

We might be seeing this guy a lot this week. Deadlines looming… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Getting Started Freelancing?

March 5th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: I’m a party and event caricaturist, but I’d love to get my work into publication. I know you got started doing theme park caricatures when you were in college, but when did you switch over to being a freelancer, and how did you do it? A: I like to say I exploded onto the freelance scene over the course of 15 years or so. That’s a gag, of course. You do not burst into the industry, you gradually build a clientele through marketing, hard work, and professionalism. My freelance path reads like a textbook guide for how to start small and slowly build a… READ MORE

An Art College Tale

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in General

The last Sunday Mailbag question about realistic or “serious” artwork reminded me of this: Back when I was in art college I had this illustration instructor who was a real old school guy. Seemed to really hate cartooning and comics, and thought if you didn’t draw like Burnie Fuchs you were never going to make a living as a commercial artist (he drew like Bernie Fuchs… big surprise). During class while we all worked on our latest assignment he would sit and work on some spot illustration he was doing of a boat or lawn furniture or some other product that was going to be… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Serious Illustration?

February 26th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: Did you ever illustrate something serious?  A: I am not sure if the “serious” in your question is asking if I’ve ever done a job where had to do a realistic style of art, or if I have ever done any jobs where the subject matter was “serious”. If it’s the former, only once. I don’t remember ever being hired to do anything of a realistic nature except this one time, when Minnesota Twins magazine asked me to do a realistic portrait of Kirby Puckett for their cover. The art director at the time was an old college chum of mine, and he remembered… READ MORE

2017 NCS Reuben Awards Art

February 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

The National Cartoonists Society announced the 2017 Reuben Awards Weekend speaker lineup today, along with the artwork I did for the brochure. L to R, top row: Mike Richardson, Brian Walker, David Silverman, Tom Gammill. Second row: Brian Basset, Jason Chatfield, Nick Galifianakis, (Reuben emcee), Lynda Barry, Matt Groening. Front row, VIZ characters, Bill Plympton. In case you are wondering, hipsters, craft beer, coffee, food trucks, roses, tiny plastic horses, and naked bike riding are all Portland “things”. Great speaker lineup! READ MORE

The Lovely Anna by Arnold Roth!

February 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

Tomorrow is the 88th birthday of one of the greatest American cartoonists ever, the incredible Arnold Roth. I’ve been lucky to have been able to get to know Arnie and his delightful wife Caroline through the National Cartoonists Society, where he is a former President, winner of numerous awards including The Reuben Award in 1983, and fixture at the annual Reuben Awards Weekend. He’s a cartooning genius and one of the funniest people you will ever meet. Last October when we were in NYC for the New York Comic Con, we had a surprise 50th birthday party for The Lovely Anna at a bar and… READ MORE

London Workshop Art!

February 14th, 2017 | Posted in General

Here’s the artwork I did for my London Workshop that took place back in December. It was a great group and we had a lot of fun! I’ve got workshops planned for here in MN as well as in Long Island City, NY and pending ones in Pittsburgh and Munich Germany this summer. Check out my Workshop page for all the details and to reserve your space! READ MORE

MAD #544 Sneak Peek

February 9th, 2017 | Posted in General

The Huffington Post published an exclusive sneak peek at Des Devlin and my piece in the next issue of MAD… “The Trump Family Circus”. Enjoy, and my apologies to my friend Jeff Keane. Some closer looks: Get the rest and much more in MAD #544, coming to a news stand near you soon! READ MORE

200+ Amazon Reviews for TMAoC!

February 7th, 2017 | Posted in General

Just a few days ago my book The Mad Art of Caricature hit 200 reviews (actually 201 now) on Amazon. Its been on Amazon for about 5 years so that might not seem like a lot, but getting over 200 reviews is pretty great. The overwhelming majority are 4 or 5 stars and very complimentary, which is a lot better than “this sucked”. Of course, if you have a book on Amazon and want a good laugh just read some of the oddball negative reviews your book gets. Some of them are real head scratchers. Here are three negative reviews of my book: Shannon G:… READ MORE

John Hurt, R.I.P.

January 27th, 2017 | Posted in General

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Dallas Workshop is On! March 2-4th, 2017!

January 26th, 2017 | Posted in General

Took some time to find a date and suitable location but the Dallas/Ft. Worth area caricature workshop is on! The dates are Thursday March 2nd through Saturday March 4th, 2017. Visit this page for all the details and to reserve your spot! READ MORE

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