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Sketch o’the Week- Cesar Romero!

January 10th, 2018 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

The second of my caricature sketch series of 60’s Batman TV villains, Cesar Romero as “The Joker”! I’m sorry if anyone was waiting for certain of these sketch subjects to appear in hopes of buying the originals. The first four, last week’s Frank Gorshin, this one, and Burgess Meredith and Lee Meriwether the next two weeks, are already spoken for and pre-paid (!). READ MORE

Stuff from my Studio #3

January 9th, 2018 | Posted in Stuff from my Studio

This is by far the thing that most visitors to the studio flip out over, especially after they are told it’s not a statue but a wearable costume. This is a screen-accurate replica of the Batsuit Val Kilmer wore in 1995’s “Batman Forever”. A terrible film, but a great costume (except for the nipples… but the chicks dig them). The armor is latex rubber glued to a Lycra bodysuit and painted in rubberized paint. The cowl is likewise latex rubber, as so is the cape. The gloves and boots are real leather, except for the glove “fins”, which are urethane rubber. The bat emblem is… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Two and Half Wits!

January 8th, 2018 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a look at both the finished art and the (very) rough pencil sketches for MAD‘s parody of the TV show “Two and a Half Men” from MAD #450, February 2005, written by Arnie Kogen. The bottom right panel of page features a caricature of Grant Geissman playing the guitar. Grant is a historian /expert on EC Comics and MAD Magazine, the author of several books on both subjects, and a longtime friend of MAD. He’s also a world class musician and composer, and he wrote music for the TV show “Two and a Half Men”! Thus, the cameo. See the note? Just letting the… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Learn from Students?

January 7th, 2018 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: It is often said that not only pupils learn from the teacher but also the teacher learns from the pupils. What did you learn in your caricature workshops? A: I absolutely learn and grow as an artist doing these workshops. I see things through fresh eyes looking at how the students interpret the subjects we draw, and find myself noticing things in new faces I am drawing later on that relate to what I saw in a workshop. I’ve also found that act of teaching forces the teacher to analyze what they do in order to explain it to others… doing this has caused… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday (uh… Friday) #42

January 5th, 2018 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

Here’s a look at a cover illustration and some spots I did back in January 2011 for Honolulu Magazine for their annual “Worst Things of the Year” issue called the Sour Poi Awards. Both finals and pencils:   READ MORE

NCS Divisional Awards Call for Submissions!

January 4th, 2018 | Posted in News

It’s that time of year again, the National Cartoonists Society’s annual Divisional Awards aka the “Silver Reubens” are gearing up, and they need your submissions for consideration. Each division has specific sets of eligibility criteria, but the following are universal: Must be professionally published between Dec 1, 2016 and Dec 31, 2017 Creator need not be an NCS member, but must be eligible for NCS membership (i.e. a professional cartoonist) The NCS has specific requirements for different divisions, so please read the guidelines carefully. Submissions are due on Feb 7th. Here’s the details: The National Cartoonists Society has begun its annual call for entries for… READ MORE

Batman Print Sold Out!

January 3rd, 2018 | Posted in News

I just sold the last artist proof of my “Bats in the Belfry” print. That’s it. All gone. Never to be reprinted. Just FYI, the next one to go will probably be my Sherlock Holmes limited edition print “The Game’s Afoot”, which has only 53 of 450 remaining. READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Frank Gorshin!

January 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Since I mentioned last week I was getting bored with the “Classic Rock” series as a subject for the Sketch o’the Week, a friend on Facebook suggested I do a series of all the villains from the 1960’s Batman show. Great idea for the New Year! Here’s the first… one of my favorites: Frank Gorshin as The Riddler! As always, the original is available in the Studio Store. READ MORE


I’m in LA doing back to back Caricature workshops. Here’s the class illustration of workshop no. 1. Visit for all the details and to see where others are scheduled in 2018!

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