Sunday, July 1, 2018

Playboy Cartoon: July 1997

caption: "What are the chances of that warm front of yours moving over to my apartment later?"


Before sending new 8 1/2 x 11 loose-style gag lines/roughs to the The Mansion for Hef's review and approval, Doug made sure that he added his signature, generally in a lower corner, with the writer's initials under it.

This identification was important:  since Playboy paid the gag writers directly, it allowed the magazine to match initials with mailing addresses and issue the checks to the right people.



pencil rough image area: 8 1/4 x 10 on heavy tracing vellum


July 1997 cover


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Color Rough - July 1998

caption:  "I'd ask you in for a drink but my husband's a light sleeper."


All of Doug's preliminary pencil and color roughs are hand-drawn; for the color rough - "testing" color selections before going to final art - Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes.

He was confident about his initial color selections and decided not to finish the color rough:  image area 8 1/2 x 11 on heavy card stock.


The full-page color cartoon - p. 87 in the July 1998 issue of Playboy -  was also reproduced in Chapter 5, p. 110, Married Life in the 248-page hardcover book The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Pencil Rough - July 1986

caption:  "It wasn't exactly a summer romance, but we did spend an intimate half hour in a tanning booth together."


All of Doug's preliminary pencil work - to block out the characters and set the scene - for his Playboy cartoons was done by hand.

It's easy to see that this pencil rough (image size:  7 x 9 1/4 on heavy tracing vellum) is not the final since a number of details in the published, p. 111, full-page color cartoon are missing or have been changed:

• print on the one girl's shorts has not been decided

• the Sneyd signature, faintly pencilled in on the left/middle, was moved to the background foliage on the right/middle  

• instead of office buildings in the background/left, Doug added a single office building in the background/right


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Blonds at the Beach Originals

20" x 16" originals are both rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.  Although one features a loose-style application of aniline dyes instead of Doug's tighter Playboy-style, they both have the classic Sneyd face:  solid orb eyes and sheen highlight on lower lip.

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




Please note:  these are photos of the original art.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

2006 Playboy Jazz Festival Program Features Doug's Cartoon

The ad agency representing the City of Las Vegas commissioned Doug in the spring of 2006 to render a 2-part cartoon for the 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival program.  His full-page color cartoon appeared on the inside front pages of the 84-page program promoting the June 17-18, 2006 Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


Inside program cover - he says,  "I read Playboy for the articles."


Page 1 of the 84-page program - she says,  "I go to Vegas for the shows."


(Las Vegas was the official sponsor of the 28th anniversary 2006 Playboy Jazz Festival.)

Doug's first pencil/ink preliminary rough (image area:  6 1/2 x 8 on 24 lb. paper) to block out the characters and set the scene.


follow-up preliminary pencil rough (image area: 6 1/4 x 8 on standard tracing paper)


final preliminary pencil rough with alternate heads (image area:  6 x 7 1/2 on standard tracing paper)


color rough with alternate heads (image area:  6 x 7 1/2 on heavy card stock using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes; please note: Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for a color rough to "test" color selections before going to final art.


The 2-part cartoon was also reproduced on pp. 64 and 65 in the November 2006 issue of Playboy.



"I read Playboy for the articles." was also featured on page 1 of The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.

The 248-page hardcover book, featuring 270 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons, was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.


A softover edition is also available for purchase at:



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Preliminary Pencil Sequence - June 2003

caption: "But enough about me.  Let me tell you about the fishing in these parts." 

Doug's full-page color cartoon - rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes - was published on p. 85 in the June 2003 issue.


After Playboy notified Doug of an upcoming cartoon meeting to submit gag lines, he contacted his writers with requested topics and a due deadline.  (Some would sent him 5-10 gag lines; others wrote dozens.)  He'd read them over and select those that he thought would be visually interesting and entertaining.

It was then time to go to the drawing board and start with quick, loose sketches (generally in pencil on 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper) to block out the characters and set the scene.  When these were all finished, he'd go back, using a black Sharpie permanent marker, and add the caption, more details, his signature, generally in a lower corner, and the writer's initials under it.

(This identification was important:  since Playboy paid the gag writers directly, it allowed the magazine to match the initials with mailing addresses and issue the checks to the right people.)

Finally, Doug sent off the hand-drawn gag roughs to The Mansion for Hef's review and selection.

the approved - "OK color page H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough (gag line written by Chris Kemp) for Doug's full-page color cartoon published in the June 2003 issue on p. 85.


After the meeting,  Playboy returned all of Doug's submitted gag rough originals; those that Hef approved for final art were used for reference and Doug started to work on preliminary development pencils.

first pencil prelim on heavy tracing vellum - image area:  8 x 10


later pencil rough with more details for the girls and fishing lodge as well as addition of Sneyd signature - image area:  8 x 9 3/4 on heavy tracing vellum


final pencil rough - notice changes, including placement of the Sneyd signature, omission of the moose head on the lodge, and girls' clothing/hat; image area:  7 1/4 x 9 on heavy tracing vellum



memo from the Cartoon Dept. at the Playboy office in Manhattan, which Playboy Enterprises later closed in 2009


To see available Playboy cartoon originals, preliminary pencil/color roughs and loose-style gag rough originals from Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Hef's Approved Gag Rough - June 2011

caption:  "I know I have the right to remain silent, but I want you to know I'm a screamer."


Approved - "OK color page H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original; cartoon published in the June 2011 issue (p. 67).  Size:  8 1/2 x 11 on 24 lb. copy paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.


To see more available Playboy approved loose-style gag rough originals, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)