Sunday, November 29, 2015

First Snowfall at Doug's Home/Studio

I thought I'd share photos after the first snowfall at Doug's home/studio in Orillia, which is 80 miles north of Toronto.  The 4" accumulation - Sunday morning, November 22 - was beautiful, but it made driving around the city a challenge for those without snow tires or 4-wheel drive.  

Local resorts like Horseshoe Valley - with 29 runs and over 45km of groomed cross country ski trails - now had a good base to "make" snow and open the slopes for skiing and snowboarding.

Main entrance (on left)/third floor is Doug's studio.

Photo was taken from Doug's back yard looking out over Lake Couchiching.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

New Loose-Style 10 x 14 Original

In addition to using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes, on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper, Doug used india ink when rendering this newest 10 x 14 original.

To see more of Doug's originals, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

How Doug Tests Aniline Dyes

Doug's worked in oils, pastels, watercolor, etc. over the years, but all of his full-page color Playboy cartoons - since the September 1964 issue - have been rendered using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.  They give depth and translucency to his work but, as he cautions, they're "unforgiving" so he constantly tests his color combinations before going to final art.  

Initially, he mixes a few drops, from bottles of dyes, in divided fondue or deviled egg plates, adding a few drops of water to the dyes to adjust the intensity.  Then he tests colors on remnants of Arches of France cold press art board, naturally allowing time for the colors to dry.  From there, he can judge how he wants to proceed with the final art.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Eltham Palace and Gardens

Several people suggested taking the train from London to visit Eltham Palace and Gardens, a unique property featuring both Tudor history and 1930s Hollywood glamor and Art Deco design. 

Once a medieval royal palace and a base for deer hunting by the Tudors, millionaire textile tycoon Stephen Courtauld and his wife Virginia bought the property in the early 1930s - restoring the Great Hall, building a luxurious Art Deco-inspired mansion and beautifying nearly 19 acres of grounds.

Doug at the bridge over the moat.

North Court and entrance to the Courtauld mansion (on the left), which is managed by the English Heritage - the custodian of over 400 historic monuments, buildings and sites.

(close-up of the exterior ornate door, seen in the above photo on the far right, to the Great Hall)

(restored Great Hall, built for Edward IV nearly 500 years ago)

(sunken Rose Garden)

(South Lawn)

(the Rock Garden with pools and cascades running down to the moat)

Doug and I had lunch at the cafe/tea room at the visitor centre.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 2001 Playboy Cartoon: Approved Gag Rough and Preliminary Roughs

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Doug's November 2001, p. 81 Playboy cartoon was also reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 209; the 248-page hardcover book was published by Dark Horse Books in 2011 and nominated in 2012 for an Eisner Award in the the Best Humor Publication category.

Over the years since his first cartoon (September 1964, p. 205) was published in Playboy, Doug has submitted thousands of cartoon roughs.

The following is the cartoon rough submitted and approved by Hugh Hefner.  Note: change in the caption (in blue) and request to have the finish submitted "right away" (in red).

Preliminary pencil rough (size:  7 1/2" x 9 1/4") - this is not the final pencil rough as Doug has not drawn the ship in the upper right corner.

Color rough (size:  8" x 9 3/4") -  notice Doug decided to omit the tree in the original and change the dress and hair for the 3 Pilgrims.

To see more of Doug's Playboy cartoons and preliminary roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:

Visit to Orbital Comics: Leicester Square/London

While in London for 2 weeks in November 2012, Doug conducted a Life Drawing Masterclass with popular U.K. model Manko at Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street; we stopped by again on this recent trip to visit with Chris Thompson, the Events Manager at the popular comic shop and gallery in Leicester Square.

Doug and London-based artist Jason Atomic were also featured "In Conversation" during our 2012 trip to London.   (Doug's classic pink winking bunny was used to promote the evening - see top center framed poster.)

Doug and Chris at the gallery.

The evening we stopped by Orbital Comics, we also met Mark Buckingham, who's worked in comics nearly 30 years.  Since 2002, he's been the regular artist on FABLES for Vertigo/DC Comics.

Earlier in the evening, Mark was signing copies of Fairest.

Later, he lead a Director's Commentary.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 1986 Playboy Cartoon

Doug's cartoon was published in the November 1986 (p. 123) issue; it was also reproduced on p. 59 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in 2011 and nominated for a 2012 Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category.

To see more of Doug's Playboy originals, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)