Sunday, May 6, 2018

Playboy Cartoon: Final Pencil Prelim, Color Rough - May 1994

caption:  "Not only did she resign, but she sat on the photocopier 
and faxed her whatsit to a hundred of our subsidiaries."

All of Doug's nearly 500 full-page color Playboy cartoons have been rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.  

board size:  approximately 14 5/8 x 19 3/8, art size:  approximately 13 1/2 x 17 1/4


Final pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area - 7 1/2 x 9 3/4


For a color rough, Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes to "test" color selections before going to final art.  (When in his studio working on the finish, notice he moved the Sneyd signature logo slightly to the left of the plant.)


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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Final Pencil Prelim - May 1998

caption:  "No thanks, I was harassed at work." 


All of Doug's preliminary pencil roughs for his full-page color Playboy cartoons - the first was published on p. 205 in the September 1964 issue - were done by hand.

This final pencil rough - image area: 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 - is on heavy tracing vellum.  Overlays (see upper right corner) are also common in Doug's work as are random notes - reference to Mrs. Doubtfire at the top - possibly from a radio or television program he was listening to while working in his third floor home studio overlooking Lake Couchiching in Orillia, which is 80 miles north of Toronto.

Playboy Cartoon: Hef's Approved Gag Rough - May 2007

caption:  "Your Honor, my client would like to throw herself on the mercy of the court.  
Individually or in groups of two or more."


Approved - "OK color page - H" with caption corrections in pencil - loose-style gag rough; full-page color cartoon published, p. 99, in May 2007 issue.


cover of the May 2007 issue

                 
The cartoon was also reproduced on p. 187 in 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 cartoons, was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Hef's Approved Gag Rough - March 2005

caption:  "I'd like to prove to you that the best things in life are not always free."


Approved - "OK color H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough for the full-page color cartoon in the March 2005, p. 126, issue of Playboy.


cover of the March 2005 issue


The full-page color cartoon was also reproduced on p. 84 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.   The 248-page hardcover book, featuring 270 of Doug's Playboy cartoons, is also available in a softcover edition from:



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Playboy Cartoon Preliminary Sequence: April 2002

caption:  "There are some things money can't buy.  Fortunately, I'm not one of them."


Hef's approved - "OK color HMH" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original; full-page color cartoon published on p. 116 in the April 2002 issue of Playboy.  (8 1/2 x 11 standard copy paper, with 2 overlays, which are common in Doug's hand-drawn work)


first preliminary hand-drawn pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  6 x 7 3/4


second preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  5 5/8 x 7 1/4


third preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum: image area:  7 3/4 x 9 3/4  (notice the addition of musicians performing at the bar)


fourth preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  7 1/2 x 9 3/4


final preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  7 1/2 x 9 3/4


Doug's color rough "tests" color selections before going to final art; typically he xeroxes the final pencil rough on 8 1/2 x 11 standard copy paper and then applies aniline dyes.  (notice changes made in hair color and dress for both women and men)




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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon Color Rough: April 1995

caption: "I look for hunks and all I find are flakes."


After completing a series of hand-drawn preliminary pencil roughs, Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough, which lets him "test" color selections before going to final art.  (Notice minor color changes and the addition of details to the men's clothing from the color rough to the published cartoon.)


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon Preliminary Sequence: March 2005

caption:  "I don't know, but judging from all the couples on board, 
I think it's some kind of sex cruise."


Approved - "OK 2 column color H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original, cartoon published in March 2005 issue (p. 143); reproduction on p.  190/Chapter 10 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.

The 248-page hardcover book was also a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.


Doug's hand-drawn pencil preliminary pencil roughs block out characters and set the scene; this is the first pencil prelim - image area is 3 1/4 x 4 on heavy tracing vellum.


A second hand-drawn pencil preliminary is on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  3 x 3 3/4


Doug did several more pencil preliminaries based on Hef's approved loose-style gag rough and then xeroxed a pencil rough for a color rough to "test" color selections before going to final art.  Unlike most cartoon sequences, Doug decided to redraw the preliminary pencil sequence to focus more on the animals than on Noah's Ark.


After a second color rough, he decided to reduce Noah's Ark even more more and enlarge the animals.


He started a new preliminary pencil rough sequence, focusing primarily on the animals.  The image area is 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 on heavy card stock.


The final pencil rough in the sequence (image area is 4 1/2 x 5 3/4) on heavy tracing vellum.




A  memo from the cartoon department at the New York Playboy office, 730 Fifth Avenue from 2002 to 2009, notifies Doug of publication and adds comments on his finish:  "This is a funny line and the animals are great."


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)