Busy in teaching a workshop in NYC right now, so in lieu of my usual “Sketch o’ the Week” I thought I’d post a couple of pieces I did for some friends recently.
If you are into comic books at all you will probably know who Mark Evanier is. He’s one of the best humor writers in comics, animation and television out there, as well and being a bona-fide expert in comics and entertainment history. Maybe you’ve enjoyed his work on Groo the Wanderer with Sergio Aragonés and Stan Sakai. Perhaps you’ve watched some episodes of Garfield and Friends, the animated show on which he wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode, as well as directing the voice actors. Maybe you’ve watched some of the TV shows he’s written for like Welcome Back Kotter, Scooby Doo and Scrappy, Thundarr, Plastic Man, etc. Maybe you’ve attended one of the roughly ten billion panels he’s moderated at San Diego Comic Con or Wondercon, or seen him win multiple Eisner Awards. It could be you know him from his fantastic blog which is frequently linked to from here, News From Me. Or some of his books. Or his expert commentary on documentaries about comics, animation or film/TV. Anyway, Mark’s a great talent and a heck of a guy.
A couple of years ago he asked if he could commission me to do a caricature of him. I finally got around to it and gave it to him at San Diego Comic Con last month, final results above… watercolor and mixed media. I’m hoping eventually he’ll speak to me again. I also got to draw Mark’s friend Amber, but that was just a live caricature style pencil drawing, dimples and all.
758 My cover art for the next issue of MAD, exclusive sneak peek from @entertainmentweekly website
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