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MAD about SNL!

May 20th, 2017 | Posted in General

Tonight is the season finale of Saturday Night Live, and longtime (and departing) castmember Bobby Moynihan commissioned me to do this group illustration of the cast as well as a few of the guest highlights from this year. Congrats on a stellar season… we are big fans in the Richmond household! READ MORE

Fine China

May 12th, 2017 | Posted in General

I’m currently in China with a few fellow cartoonists where we will be lecturing and participating in a China-U.S. Cartooning cultural exchange at the Jilin Animation Institute in Changchun. Jilin Province. Actually right now I am in Beijing seeing some sights. I will be at JAI all next week. I doubt I’ll be blogging much while I am here, but expect a full report on my return. READ MORE

Tuesday MADness- Behind Empty Lines!

May 9th, 2017 | Posted in General

Monday MADness… Tuesday edition. For a brief time in 2002 I was MAD‘s go-to artist for the parodies of all films starring both Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson! That was a short lived specialty, but I did get to do the art for MAD‘s spoof of “The Royal Tenebaums” (MAD 417, May 2002) and this film, “Behind Enemy Lines”. Or as MAD called it in #415, March 2002: READ MORE

The Dreaded Deadline Demon

May 5th, 2017 | Posted in General

This is what happens when you slack off for a day just because you happened to have been born on that date 51 years ago…. READ MORE

Original Art/ Spec. Ed. Print Sale!

May 2nd, 2017 | Posted in General

I have a handful of my “Special Edition” versions of my Dracula and Doctor Who prints left taking up space in my flat files, so I am pricing them to sell at more than 50% off. The Special Editions are a signed and numbered print AND the original black and white inked artwork of one of the caricatures from the print. I have three “Doctor Who” SE’s still available: Peter Davison Colin Baker Paul McGann And two of the “Dracula” SE’s: Louis Jourdan Christian Camargo Get them while you can. Formerly $125 now only $60! READ MORE

Minnesota Caricature Workshop Report!

May 1st, 2017 | Posted in General

I taught my third caricature workshop conducted here in Minnesota this past weekend. We had a great group of artists ranging from seasoned pros to relative newbies and had a terrific time. Thanks to all who participated! Above is the group caricature I did for the workshop T-Shirt. I have another Minnesota workshop this weekend, then then three this summer in Pittsburgh, Munich and Long Island City NY. Munich and Pittsburgh are sold out but there are still spaces available for the June 9-11th workshop in Pittsburgh. Sign up while you still can… it’s getting close! READ MORE

C2E2 2017,

April 21st, 2017 | Posted in General

Come see us at booth O3 in Artists Alley! READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Mentors?

April 7th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: Did you have a mentor? Where you a mentor? A: I guess that depends on your definition of “mentor”. To me, that means someone who has actively helped teach you and guide you in your career and goals, as opposed to just being an inspiration with their own work and career. The latter are more “influences” than mentors. I have been lucky to have had (and have) a few people in my life that I would say fit the mentor mold. The first would have to be Steve Fasen and his brother Gary, who gave me my first job in art as a caricaturist… READ MORE

Get Your FREE Copy of “Inside MAD”!

March 28th, 2017 | Posted in General

Wow, MAD is running a special deal right now where buying a 2 or 3 year print subscription will get you a FREE copy of the Inside MAD hardcover (U.S. subscribers only). Inside MAD is a pretty awesome book full of celebrity essays about what MAD meant to them and their careers (and work from the pages of MAD that is associated with that celebrity) as well as the favorite features and articles of many members of the Usual Gang of Idiots! Judd Apatow wrote the forward, and I did the art for an exclusive two page spread to accompany that forward: This book retails… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Line Art on Own Layer?

March 26th, 2017 | Posted in General

Q: You use a line art and color technique for a lot of your work. What method do you use to get the lines on their own layer in Photoshop (assuming you ink and scan rather than create the lines digitally)? A: For years I used the “multiply” method, which is simply putting your scanned lines, white paper and all, on its own layer and then setting that layer mode to “multiply”. Everything on that layer then gets “multiplied” with what is below it, sort of like printing the linework on a piece of clear acetate. White is inert so it becomes invisible. That works… READ MORE

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

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