Sunday, September 2, 2018

New CAF Gallery Room Features 8 "Redone" Playboy Cartoons

Doug's had nearly 500 full-page color cartoons published in Playboy magazine since the early 1960s; his first was in the September 1964 issue.  Since then, he's redrawn very few.

The newest CAF gallery room on the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at www.comicartfans.com features 8 of these "redone" originals, including the 5 on this blog post.

caption:  "Care to help blow the new year in, Miss Bowman?"


The second rendering of the cartoon was published in the January 1992, p. 77, issue of Playboy and also reproduced on p. 229 of The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book features 270 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons.  It is also available in a softcover edition.



caption:  "I'm telling you, Charley - if we don't get Rollerblades soon, we 
may as well forget about women!"

The second rendering of the cartoon was published in the June 1992, p. 87, issue of Playboy.



caption:  "Not only does it cover the warranty, we guarantee it'll get you laid the first week."


The "redone" cartoon (second rendering) was published in the September 1987, p. 162, issue of Playboy and also reproduced on p. 59 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.



caption:  "Poor Bradford, I hear he has a hundred-dollar-a-night habit."


The second rendering of the cartoon was published in the February 1974, p. 203, issue of Playboy.



caption:  "The cards haven't been dealt yet and Cindy-Lou from Oklahoma 
already has a natural pair showing."


The "redone" cartoon was published in the November 2005, p. 121, issue of Playboy.


Doug's remaining 3 "redone" Playboy cartoon originals, now available at the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at www.comicartfans.com are:

• August 1971, p. 140 - "You know, acting's really not my bag, but I just love coming out for auditions."

• April 1999, p. 141, and p. 162 in The Art of Doug Sneyd (published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011) - "I have a feeling I may have to keep you after class again tomorrow, Robert."


 • April 2011, p. 93 - "You should feel honored - I usually don't do requests."

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

 

Playboy Cartoon: September 2009

caption:  "If you don't think I'm right for this job, feel free to try me in any position you'd like."


Hef's approved - "OK H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough, 8 1/2 x 11 on 24 lb. paper


The color rough (image area 6 x 7 1/2 on 140 lb. Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes) "tests" color selections before going to final art.

It's interesting to see changes Doug made in the color of the girl's skirt, both the guy's and girl's hair color, placement of the Sneyd signature, etc.


cover of the September 2009 issue


The full-page color cartoon was also reproduced on p. 140 (Chapter 8, The Younger Set) in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's Playboy cartoons.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: September 2008

caption:  "If that coffee doesn't keep you up all night, I'd like to take a shot."


Hef's approved 8 1/2 x 11 gag rough - "OK color page H" in red pencil


final pencil rough (image area 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 on heavy tracing vellum)


cover of September 2008 issue


To see more available Playboy cartoon originals, Hef's approved gag roughs and preliminary pencil and color roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: September 2013

caption:  "If you're really looking for something interactive to play with, I get off at five."

Hef's approved - "OK color page H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough, 8 1/2 x 11 on 24 lb. paper


first pencil rough (image area 6 1/2 x 8 on light tracing vellum) blocks out characters and sets the scene


later pencil rough (image area 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 on light tracing vellum) - Doug added background shoppers, store merchandise and check-out counter details, and specifics for both the girl's and guy's clothing.  He also moved the Sneyd signature to the lower left of the store check-out counter.


Changes in a follow-up pencil rough included:  "cleaning up" the background with minimal store lettering and only 2 shoppers.  Doug also repositioned the guy's hands and changed the cap to a hat. However, in the final art, he went back to a cap and did a "new" position for the guy's hands.




(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Vampirella Original Art

14 1/2 x 19 1/2 Vampirella original rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

All of Doug's Playboy cartoons, since the early 1960s, have been done on Arches of France art board; the company was granted "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company) status in 2017 by the French government in recognition of high quality paper making since 1492 in the Vosges region of France.

To see more available original art, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



Please note:  this is a photograph of the original.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

New CAF Gallery Room Opens Soon, Features Cartoons from Playboy Press Publications


caption:   "She's a lot of blonde for the money, 
assuming you want a lot of blonde and you've got the money."


In addition to Doug having nearly 500 full-page color cartoons published in Playboy magazine since the early 1960s, Playboy also published a limited number of his cartoons - including the 6 on this blog post - in annual Playboy Press publications, including:

Playboy Presents SEX and Other Late-Night Laughs
 • Playboy Cartoon Album
The Best from Playboy
The Pocket Playboy

Fourteen of these full-page color cartoons from Playboy Press publications will be posted and available at a new gallery room - opening the end of August/early September -  at the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at: 
  



caption:  "He doesn't really watch soap operas - he's just into panty-hose commercials."



caption:  "He's really fit - 150 cholesterol, 60 resting pulse rate and 
a 10 minute recovery time after he comes."



caption:  "We'll see, Howard - have your secretary call my secretary."



caption:  "I'd like to work you into my circuit training program."



caption:  "You got a photo radar ticket in the mail.  
I want to know - who's the blonde with her legs around your neck?"


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)


Playboy Cartoon: Hef's Approved Gag Rough/Preliminary Sequence - July-August 2015

caption:  "It'll never work, Harry.  You think the best things in life are free, and I charge by the hour."



Approved loose-style gag rough - "OK color page H" in black pen.  8 1/2 x 11 on 24 lb. paper using aniline dyes.

Most of Doug's loose-style gag roughs (8 1/2 x 11) sent to cartoon meetings for Hef's selection and approval were done in pencil and black Sharpie permanent marker, but if there was time, he'd do some in color - first the flesh tones, then the other colors, one-by-one.  This added step made it easier for Hef to quickly visualize the essence of the gag during a meeting that involved hundreds of gag roughs from several different artists.



Although the initial preliminary pencil rough - image area 6 3/4 x 8 1/4 on heavy tracing vellum - generally followed the blocking of characters and the setting drawn in the approved gag rough, Doug changed the girl's arm position, added more cars in traffic and implied, by adding a planter, that the two were talking on a downtown sidewalk.



In a follow-up pencil rough, however, Doug reworked both the guy's and girl's clothing, her arm position and the background setting - a carriage ride in the park implies romance and sophistication.

(Was the carriage driver's cap instead of a top hat what made Doug change the background setting again???)

image area 7 x 9 1/4 on heavy tracing vellum



Doug was obviously satisfied with the position of the girl's arm but wanted to consider a different dress style - image area 5  10 1/2 on heavy tracing vellum



Doug's known for his attention to details so it's not surprising that he worked up another pencil rough - image area 7 x 9 1/2 on light tracing vellum - with different clothing for the girl, blouse with a 3/4-sleeve, and background setting, popular sidewalk cafe.  He also decided to move the Sneyd signature to the lower left corner.



The biggest change to the final pencil rough - image area 6 3/4 x 9 on heavy tracing vellum - was to the background setting.  Doug decided that in an earlier pencil rough it was too crowded so he cut the crowd down to 2 patrons, including a girl drinking a martini.  He also moved the cafe awning up higher but was still undecided about the placement of the moon.



Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough.

Instead, he did a hand-drawn rough on Arches of France cold press art board (image area 6 1/2 x 8 1/2) and left space at the top to further "test" color selections before going to final art.



Still not satisfied, he did a second hand-drawn color rough on Arches of France cold press art board (image area 7 x 9 3/4) and made a few minor tweaks - the seated girl's glass, the awning, etc.



To see more available approved gag roughs and Playboy preliminary pencil and color roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson