Last month I got a call from the art director of Penthouse magazine asking if I was available to do a series of spot illustrations for a humor article about St. Patrick’s Day for their March issue. My immediate concern was whether the job entailed drawing any pornographic images. I won’t do that kind of work.
I was assured not, and that all I’d be drawing was a guy getting drunk out of his mind, fighting and eventually passing out in his own vomit.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with that!
The issue is out and here are a few of the spots that were used in the article, which is a “timeline” of a typical yuppie male’s St. Patrick’s Day:
I used a different technique for these, combining my typical linear drawing style with colored lines as opposed to black lines. The effect is a more painted, softer look but it still retains the cartoon look of my drawing style.
The folks at Penthouse liked it a lot and I am already doing another assignment for them. You can say what you want about magazines like Penthouse and Playboy, but they have long been filled with outstanding cartooning. I’m happy to call Penthouse a client.
Also the comp copies I got of the magazine with my illustrations in it seem to be very popular with the guys in my neighborhood. Several have asked if they can have one. Funny, they never asked if they could have a copy of one of my comped MAD Magazines before…
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