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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

Z-People #1 Release Date Announced

October 31st, 2017 | Posted in General

Seeing as how it’s Halloween, this zombie-themed announcement is well timed! Sitcomics recently announced the release date of Z-People #1, the humorous zombie comic written by Darin Henry for which I did the pencils and inks, as well as a look at the main cover art (pencils, inks and color by me) on their Facebook Page. That date is January 31st, 2018. In fact a number of Sitcomics’ giant-sized “Binge Books” will be released on this day with titles to be announced as the date nears. These Binge Books are 64-or-more page extravaganzas priced at only $3.99, and include main stories, short additional stories, gag… READ MORE

Monday MADness: Stranger Things Cover Story!

October 30th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

In late July I got a call from MAD art director Sam Viviano asking me if I was interested in doing the cover of issue #548, which would be a “Stranger Things” theme. I was in the middle of doing the art on Desmond Devlin‘s 7 page parody of “Stranger Things” at the time, so this was a no-brainer for me. Actually, ANY cover assignment for MAD is always a no-brainer. Covers jobs are rare as there are only six covers a year, and the brilliant Mark Fredrickson deservedly gets 99.9% of them. I had only ever done one other cover for the main magazine,… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Exaggerating Color?

October 29th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: In a lot of caricatures of President Trump, the illustrator will exaggerate the orange-ness of his skin. You’ve spoken and written a lot about exaggerating features, but in what situations is it acceptable to exaggerate color?  I imagine someone who is drawn green around the gills (sick) or exceedingly red (angry or sunburned) could be humorous, but in other instances an exaggeration of color (specifically skin) could be deemed racially insensitive, for example. When is it important to match color as closely as possible, and when do you choose to exaggerate it? A: That’s an interesting question. I’d never really thought about it before. I’d… READ MORE


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