On the Drawing Board

On the Drawing Board 8/8/14

August 8th, 2014 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Well, I’m not actually at the drawing board right now, unless you count all the caricatures I am doing of the men and women in our armed forces serving in undisclosed locations in the Persian Gulf this week. But, here’s what is awaiting me when I get back to the studio next week: MAD TV parody– For once I can tell you exactly what I am working on for MAD, since editor John Ficarra spilled the beans in an interview at Comic-Con last week… it’s “Orange is the New Black”. This, I believe, will be MAD’s first parody of an Internet-only TV show. History, baby.… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 6/24/14

June 24th, 2014 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Clicky any to embiggen… I have a couple of big projects on the board right now that is keeping me from accepting a lot of little jobs. There are pros and cons to that, but mostly pros. Here’s what’s on the board right now: MAD Magazine– 5 page TV show parody Book Illustrations– Working with an author on a “pitch” for what looks like a really fun book Comic book project– Sort of a half graphic novel I am now way behind on. Marlin Co Poster– My usual monthly assignment. Above is the final of a recent one I did for them. Pencils and ink… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 4/15/14

April 15th, 2014 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Clicky to embiggen… Things are heating up on the old drawing board. Here’s what’s going on right now: Comic Book Project- Ongoing, but going into higher gears now. MAD TV Parody- Just got the splash for that. Six or Seven pages. Great subject. Marlin Workplace Poster- My usual monthly assignment Event poster- An unusual project, will share when appropriate. T-shirt design project- Just a little thing I am doing for a good client. New print illustration!- Debuts next week! Last month’s Marlin poster posted above, pencil rough below. Pencil Rough (digital) READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 2/4/14

February 4th, 2014 | Posted in General

Clicky to Embiggen… The drawing board is heating up in the cold of our Minnesota winter. Lot’s of regular client work on the board as well as a few different projects: Marlin Co workplace poster– My usual monthly assignment. Last month’s art above. Comic book project– I’m really digging in to this one right now, and it will usurp a lot of my time over the next two months. It’s a 45 page comic written by a veteran TV comedy writer. I’m doing all the art (pencils, inks and color) on interior and cover. His plan is to have them in print in time for… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 12/24/13

December 24th, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

What, me work over Christmas? Yep. Here’s what’s on the board right now: 7 Page MAD Movie Parody– Special art commission- A rarity for me, but more on that later this week 40 plus page comic book project– This one will be a lot of work, but my first long comic book story since my “Coneheads” miniseries for Marvel back in the 1990’s! I’ll be sure to plug it here when I get the go ahead. Marlin Workplace poster– my usual monthly assignment Speaking of workplace posters here are a couple I did recently… sketches and finishes: READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 9/17/13

September 19th, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Most of these are in progress already but I’ve got a lot to get done before I depart on Saturday for Italia: CN MAD Show episode– This one is for the upcoming 100th episode in November! Brochure Cover Art– This is for a scientific event program of some kind, and features caricatures of Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Salvador Dali (!). An interesting project and one I will write about due to a certain aspect of it I sometimes run up against Marlin poster– My usual monthly assignment Jeff Dunham Illustrations– Doing a few of these for Jeff for some products Penthouse “Dave Navarro” Spot… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 08/27/13

August 27th, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Clicky to embiggen… I’m crazy busy with travel in the next two months, so this workload is looming as being about three times what it is with my constrained drawing table time… Here’s what’s on the drawing board right now: Penthouse– More spot illustrations of celeb columnist Dave Navarro MAD– 7 page parody of a big summer movie for #524 Jeff Dunham– Illustrations for some retail products MAD TV Show– Doing a secret side project for these guys… “When We Went MAD” Movie Poster– Summers almost over so I need to get serious about this. I just finished the above Marlin Co. workplace poster, pencil… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board- 7/5/13

July 5th, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Clicky any image to embiggen Here’s what’s cooking on the drawing board right now: MAD parody– Very popular TV show, 6 pages, due yesterday Jeff Dunham Illustration– For a line of products Doctor Who print– Yes, almost done with this! Goes to printer on Monday. Will debut here probably on the 16th. Marlin Poster– My usual monthly assignment. Above was last month’s poster final, below the sketch and inks. You might notice the sketch was done digitally… I’m finding that drawing the roughs out digitally is a real timesaver, not because it’s faster to draw but because it’s faster to make corrections. Also, I am… READ MORE

On The Drawing Board 6/7/13

June 7th, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

I’m still a week away from coming up for air after the big NCS Reuben weekend two weeks ago (!!) Here are some projects I finished and/or am working on since I got back: Marlin Workplace poster– My May assignment, final above and sketch/inks below (clicky to embiggen) Completed Jeff Dunham Illustration- New one Jeff will use for an upcoming project being released next month. Will fill everyone in on that when it’s out. Completed WB Product Illustration– Another Alfred illustration for T-Shirts, etc- Final in Progress MAD Movie Parody– 6 Pages, last minute assignment for next issue. Final in Progress Marlin Workplace Poster-My June… READ MORE

On the Drawing Board: 5/2/13

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Here’s what cooking on the drawing board this week: MAD Project– A very interesting project for an upcoming book. I can’t give away much, but it’s being written by someone who is famous in the movie biz and will be an original part of a MAD collection book due out this fall. Promotional magazine cover/poster image– Repeat client I did an NBA cover image for last year. Workplace poster– My usual monthly assignment. MAD #522– I am supposed to have something in this issue but haven’t been assigned it yet. Kind of quiet on the freelance front right now, although with the Reubens coming up… READ MORE

On The Drawing Board- 3/21/13

March 21st, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Pretty busy right now with several different projects: MAD book illustration– a super-secret and very fun little job for an upcoming major MAD book. This is still in the early stages but I’ll be working with a writer I’ve never worked with on it, and it will be an original piece for this new MAD book I can’t talk about. Workplace Poster– My usual monthly assignment. Advertising Illustration– This is a really time consuming but interesting project for the back of a film industry publication. It features caricatures of 60 plus people who work for this movie industry company, and it is a spoof of… READ MORE

On The Drawing Board- 2/25/13

February 25th, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Clicky to Embiggen… Super swamped right now: MAD– Five page movie parody, actually a franchise parody. Workplace Poster– My usual monthly assignment UTNE Reader cover– This will be my 4th cover for them. WB Product Illustration– Another “Alfred E. Neuman as…” for use on merchandise WB Animation/Cartoon Network– Designs for another episode segment The image above was for a promotional poster/publication cover I did over a year ago that I don’t think was ever used. That was way before Howard was traded to the Lakers, so now it’s probably in the round file somewhere. I’m sharing it here for the first time, but I won’t… READ MORE

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