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Sketch o’the Week- Helena Bonham Carter!

November 8th, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

This is an old one I used in the book… the spookily fetching Helena Bonham Carter. READ MORE

From The Freelance Files: Corporate Caricatures

November 7th, 2017 | Posted in Freelancing

While I don’t have time to do many personal commission outside of the comic-cons I work, I do sometimes do caricatures for corporate clients for executives that might be retiring or being honored in some way. What’s the difference between a personal caricature and one done for corporate client?Two things actually. One is that the subject is generally unaware of the project and I am not subjected to being art directed by the person whom the drawing depicts, and therefore avoid any complications brought on by vanity or unrealistic self-image. The second reason is plain and simple… money. I am comfortable charging corporate clients the… READ MORE

Monday MADness: Judd Apatow!

November 6th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

This is a two page spread I did for the book Inside MAD back in 2013. It was just for the book and never appeared in the magazine. Inside MAD is a large book full of rarely seen reprints of MAD features as chosen by the Usual gang of Idiots, as well as essays by a number of famous entertainers about how MAD influenced their careers. The introduction of the book is written by the very successful comedy film writer, director and producer Judd Apatow. In his intro, he points out that MAD never has done a spoof of any of his movies or TV… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Finding Reference?

November 5th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Whenever I need to browse the internet for a reference I worry that any photo that comes up has been and is being used by a hundred other artists. We’re all referencing the same 2004 Prius or photo of Johnny Carson! So I try to find videos for my reference material so I can pause the subject in a way that is hopefully different from everyone else’s reference photo. Do you ever run into this? You must reference a TON when putting together a parody. A: Everybody uses the web to search for reference these days, so it’s common to be working from the… READ MORE

Workshop News: Dallas TX and More!

November 3rd, 2017 | Posted in General

Some news on the workshop front: I’m announcing a workshop in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! The dates are March 9th-11th, 2018 at the Comfort Inn & Suites Love Field-Dallas Market Center. As usual the workshop is limited to 12 students, takes place over three days and includes a bunch of swag and a ton of drawing and learning about caricatures. Beginners to pros welcome, check out the general workshop details here and the specifics or book your spot here. In other workshop news, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Seegen, Switzerland, are sold out. However the cartooning school in Switzerland that is organizing that workshop has asked… READ MORE

MAD #548 “Stranger Things” Cover- Signed!

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Shameless Huckstering Dept. Today I am finally getting my shipment of copies of MAD #548 with my Stranger Things cover and art on Desmond Delvin‘s 7 page parody of the show. It’s available in the Studio Store, signed and everything and vastly overpriced.   READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #40

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

  This is a poster illustration I did in 2007 for Teacher’s Discovery. They sold it for several years for posting in science classrooms. It features caricatures (and some gags) of famous inventors and scientists at a “Superbowl” type event, both in the field and in the crowd. The poster had a key as there are about 30 different scientists depicted and the rest are just extras, but I don’t have that key and can’t remember who some of the inventors are. This poster was really big, something like 30″ x 40″.   READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Jeff Bridges!

November 1st, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Now that “Inktober” is finally over I thought I’d post an inked sketch. This is actually an old one from 2010 or so of Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn from the remake of “True Grit”, ball point pen on sketchbook paper. The original is available in the Studio Store. READ MORE


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