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Sunday Mailbag? Whose Opinion Matters?

March 19th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: It is essential, that your customers like your drawings. But whom else do you want to like your art (yourself, family, friends …)? A: Everyone has an opinion, but fortunately we can decide which ones actually matter. One of the things I try and teach rookie theme park artists is that the opinions of your customers are only important insofar as they are happy with the drawing and they purchase it. Beyond that, you should not take their opinion of your actual art with anything but a grain of salt. Many people are “visually illiterate” and cannot tell the difference between a good caricature… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Less Work Out There?

February 19th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: You make your primary living as a magazine illustrator, yes? Now that magazines are going away, are you finding you get less work than you used to get? A: Magazines are going away? Didn’t they say that about radio when TV came around? Magazines are not “going away”, they are just morphing into a more niche or focused market model. It’s true the internet and its seemingly unlimited content has changed the way the world consumes media, but there are still plenty of magazines around, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I would also take issue with the idea I am primarily a… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Parody Us?

February 12th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Has a director ever asked Mad Magazine to do a parody of their movie? Or have you guys only ever picked films to do parodies on of your own volition? A: Back in the day movie studios were rumored to have sent MAD press kits and other promotional stuff to try and get them to do a parody of their films, but no one has ever told me of a specific example. Knowing the people behind the magazine the way I do, any efforts of that kind from the movie studios were wasted. They spoof what they want to spoof. The choice as to… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Reluctant Subjects?

February 5th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: When drawing live caricatures sometimes people urge another person to get a caricature drawn. But this other person sometimes does not want to be drawn. Some say just “I don’t like caricatures” or “I’m already a caricature myself”. What are the most funny/interesting answers you’ve heard in your career? And do you think it is a good idea to try to persuade the other person? A: No one has a funny answer to that. It’s all variations of “I’m already a caricature” or “why would I do that?” I hate it when someone pushes a reluctant person into the chair to get drawn for… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Composition in Live Caricature?

January 29th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Do you have any tips/suggestions for drawing 3 or more people in a caricature…especially when there’s a baby/toddler involved? I often struggle with letting the kid “take over” the whole drawing (by letting his/her face be larger than everyone else’s). A: Composition is always very important with live caricature, and it gets trickier the more faces are in a single drawing. Even with a single subject, composition can degrade or ruin an otherwise good drawing. Here’s some tips for good composition for various numbers of subjects: One Person- It’s common for a live caricaturist to just start drawing the face without thinking of its… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Workshop FAQ?

January 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

In this Sunday mailbag I’m answering multiple frequently asked questions about my caricature workshops. Q: What can I expect to learn at your workshop? A: We start out going over my general approach to a caricature, how I look at the face and techniques to help see the caricature elements of a subject and how to make decisions on exaggerating them. We dissect and draw about 30 different subjects that vary in age, race, gender and physical attributes while going over both the specific of each face and general lessons in drawing and caricaturing features like the eyes, nose, mouth, hair, etc. I draw along… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- What do you use for…?

January 15th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: What utensils do you use for your inking?…brush?, crow crill pen? feather? ….all of the above, none of the above …etc. Also, what pencil do you use and how do you erase the pencil after inking. A: Welcome to my every-year-or-so answer to the perpetual question “What kind of ______ do you use?”… Updated to January 2017 accuracy. In the Studio For doing my publication work I use a lot of different tools and materials. While most of what I do these days is digital I do occasionally, when the job calls for it, pull out the old paints and such. Here are the… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Working in Theme Parks?

January 8th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Does an aspiring caricaturist need to do theme parks to earn a living doing caricatures? How does one find work as a freelance caricaturist? A: That’s two questions. Let’s start with the first one. No, you do not need to work in a theme park to earn a living as a caricaturist. In fact it’s tough to earn a living as a theme park caricaturist unless you own your own operation or work at a place that is insanely busy year around because of the nature of the business. Theme parks take around 40% of the gross sales as their “rent”, which is ridiculously… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Drawing Subject Young and Old?

December 18th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Have you ever had to draw someone who has been in showbiz for most of their adult life, and had to draw a young version of them, and an older version of them (think Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Mike Patton, etc)? Can you essentially pull it off by the drawing same face with a few extra wrinkles, or does a person’s facial structure change in a more nuanced way? (Jowls, bigger noses, etc.) A: Yes, I have had to draw different aged version of subjects many times. The first example that comes to mind for me is probably Ed O’Neil and Christina Applegate, both whole… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Reference for SotW?

December 11th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Have you ever considered posting the reference pictures you use for your Sketch of the Week caricatures? Often I know of  the folks you are sketching, but I learn more when I see why you chose to push here or pull there based on the reference picture(s) used. Just a thought. A: Some people have asked if I would do that. I suppose I could, but I often don’t base the caricature on a single photo, and the SotW isn’t really meant as a teaching tool. It’s just a sketch I do for fun and sometimes put in the store for sale. Posting the… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Work and Travel?

December 4th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: You seem to constantly be traveling… when do you get any work done? A: I know, it seems like I am never at home, doesn’t it? Comic Cons, the occasional speaking engagement, the NCS Reubens, etc… it also seems to me like I’m never home. It’s a challenge to juggle everything, that’s for sure. I try very hard to get work done to a point where I either do not need to bring any with me, or need just a little bit of time on a trip to do some work to keep from falling too far behind. For example, I had to pull… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- New President’s Poster?

November 20th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Are you going to make an update of your poster of the presidents of the U.S.?  A: No. I still have a lot of those left over that did not sell. I’m not going to print it all over again just to add one more face. I thought about looking into making a sticker or something to put on the ones already printed, but as they didn’t really sell all that well that seems like a waste of time and money. Thanks to Dominick Zeillinger for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine,… READ MORE

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