Sunday, November 4, 2018

Approved Gag Rough, Preliminary Roughs: Playboy Cartoon - Sept. 2014

caption:  "Our state-of-the-art computer will help you find the perfect mate for a lifetime of happiness.  On the other hand, if all you're looking for is a one-night stand, I'm available."

The full-page color cartoon (artwork size:  approximately 13 1/2 x 18) was rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.


The approved - "OK color w/c HMH" in black Sharpie permanent marker - loose-style gag rough was done on 24 lb. 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper using red pencil and Sharpie permanent marker.  Please note:  overlays (see woman's face) are common in Doug's hand-drawn preliminary work.


Early pencil prelim (image area approximately 6 1/2 x 8 1/4) on light tracing vellum - notice placement of Sneyd logo and items on desk


later pencil prelim (image area approximately 6 x 7 1/2) on light tracing vellum - notice changes with man's shirt, items on the desk, placement of the lettering and addition of office back wall


final pencil prelim (image area approximately 5 1/2 x 7 1/8) on light tracing vellum - notice Doug's logo is now in the top right, the girl is holding paper in her left hand, a desk lamp has been added, etc.


color rough (image area approximately 5 1/2 x 7 1/8) on 100% cotton 140 lb. cold press Arches of France watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes to "test" color selections before going to final art  (please note:  Doug frequently xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough.)




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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

December 1992 Playboy Cartoon With Prelims

caption:  "She's built like you, only not so dramatically."

The full-page color cartoon was published on p. 141 in the December 1992 issue and reproduced on p. 212 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book, also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's cartoons - his first was published on p. 205 in the September 1964 issue.


final pencil prelim (image area: 7 3/4 x 10) hand-drawn on heavy tracing vellum


color rough (on 8 1/2 x 11 standard copy paper); please note that Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then "tests" color selections before going to final art


To see available Playboy cartoon originals as well as preliminary pencil and color roughs, please visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

11 x 14 Pencil Originals

Since I spend a lot of time in my office in Orange Beach, Alabama working on this blog and posting Doug's work on the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at CAF - www.comicartfans.com - I asked him to render and frame 11 x 14 pencil originals based on 3 of my favorite cartoons published in Playboy



caption:  "Lydia's the only sure thing in the casino."

October 1994, p. 113, issue and reproduced on the cover of The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  (private collection in the U.K.)



•  caption:  "Can I call you back, Abdul?  I'm on a roll."

October 1992, p. 99, issue and reproduced on p. 181 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  (private collection in Vancouver, BC, Canada)



caption:  "I violate local community standards.  What do you do?"

March 1986, p. 117, issue and reproduced on the dust jacket front flap of The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  (private collection in California)

August 1961 Cover

The first issue of Playboy - featuring Marilyn Monroe on the December 1953 cover - was produced in Hef's Hyde Park, Illinois kitchen; it was undated as he was unsure there would be a second issue.  

Despite the magazine's popularity; issues remained undated for several years, but covers consistently featured the suave, sophisticated bunny icon - in the August 1961 issue the rabbit was surrounded by beauties by several of Hef's popular cartoonists: (from left to right, standing) John Dempsey, Richard Taylor, Erich Sokol, Alberto Vargas, Claude (Smith), E. Simms Campbell and (seated) Eldon Dedini.

Doug's first full-page color cartoon was published in the September, p. 205, 1964 issue; it was later reproduced on p. 71 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book featured 270 of his Playboy cartoons.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Gag Rough Original from Secret Sneyd

Loose-style gag rough - Chapter 8, "Happy Holidays," p. 223 - from Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd.


The 280-page hardcover book, published by Dark Horse Books in April 2017, features 250 of Doug's favorite loose-style gag roughs,  8 1/2 x 11, submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s.


To see available Playboy cartoon originals, preliminary pencil and color roughs and gag rough originals from Secret Sneyd, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Happy Thanksgiving

Over the years, Doug submitted thousands of loose-style gag roughs for cartoon meetings.  

Holidays, of course, were always an important subject for Playboy cartoons . . . enjoy this unpublished 8 1/2 x 11 color gag rough celebrating Thanksgiving.



(blog post by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Prelims for Cartoon Originals From Playboy Press Publications

In addition to having nearly 500 of Doug's full-page color cartoons published in Playboy magazine since the early 1960s, a limited number of cartoon originals were featured in supplementary collections from Playboy Press/Chicago.

(All of Doug's work for Playboy was rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes; image area approximately 13 1/2 x 18.)

To see these available cartoon originals - some with preliminary roughs, visit the newest CAF gallery room - Cartoon Originals - at the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



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


final pencil prelim, on heavy tracing vellum/notice the omission of the second gymnast in the final art


color rough "tests" color selections before going to final art




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


final pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum


color rough


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


preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum


final pencil rough (please note:  overlays are common in Doug's hand-drawn preliminary work)


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)