Maclean's - Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine - published a 3-page feature on Doug and his work with Playboy since the early 1960s. The issue - dated March 5, 2012 - was available on newsstands Thursday, February 23rd.
"Hef's bosom buddy" - written by Senior Writer Nicholas Kohler - appears on pp. 58-60.
It begins: "For half a century, Doug Sneyd has worked for Hugh Hefner, publishing more that 450 cartoons in Playboy magazine from his home in Orillia, Ontario . . .
Sneyd didn't set out to become a Playboy cartoonist --- or even a cartoonist at all. Far from it. Yet his sensual, silly, single-panel gags, meticulously executed and vividly coloured for the past 48 years have become a Playboy hallmark. "He's an ideal cartoonist for us because he has a good eye, a good sense of humour and is able to draw a very pretty lady," says Hefner. That is made amply clear in The Art of Doug Sneyd, a lavish coffee table book published last year - by Dark Horse Comics - with some 270 of his Playboy cartoons . . .
"Just a very lush, realistic style," says Chris Kemp, a Toronto musician who writes gags (the one-liners under the art) for Sneyd. "All his women are beautiful but there's an innocence about them, an ingenue quality" . . .
Two of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons were reproduced for the 3-page feature in Maclean's:
"I'm a hooker --- that's what a nice girl like me is doing in a place like this." - published October 1973, p. 89
"Six months of community service? What do you think I've been doing?" - published July 2007, p. 100
Brunette With Blue Eyes - a 9 x 12 watercolor done on 100% cotton, 140 Lb. cold pressed Arches of France watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes - is available on Doug's Premium Gallery on www.comicartfans. com as one of his Fabulous Faces series for 2012.
We thought you might be interested to see Doug working on Brunette With Blue Eyes.
Doug's gag roughs, typically 8 1/2 x 11, are affordable original art, suitable for framing.
This original gag rough was matted in a brushed aluminum frame; overall size: 14 x 16 1/2.
The unpublished gag rough (above) appeared on p. 26 of Unpublished Sneyd.
Doug's 100 favorite Playboy gag rough rejects - the best of the undiscovered Sneyds - are featured in Unpublished Sneyd, available through his website or at comics-cartoon conventions. Both color and B & W gag roughs are also available on the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery on www.comicartfans.com
Doug has been a cartoonist for Playboy magazine since 1964.
For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60's, his "Doug Sneyd" and "Scoops" news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America. Sneyd's talent has also led him into cinema: in 1993, he wrote, produced and directed "Black-eyed Susan," an educational movie-drama about spousal abuse, for the Ontario government. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Book Illustrators and has been a member of the National Cartoonists' Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Thirty of his full-page color Playboy cartoons are among the 235 Sneyd works included in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa.
Sneyd was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, but spent much of his professional career in Toronto. In 1969 he moved his family north to Orillia made famous as the mythical "Mariposa" by humorist Stephen Leacock. He works on the third floor of his home-studio overlooking beautiful Lake Couchiching and spends his winters on the Gulf Coast in Orange Beach, Alabama.