Monday, September 4, 2017

ARCHES Website Showcases Doug's Playboy Cartoon Originals

The Arches of France website (NEWS, August 25, 2017):


features Doug's use of Arches premium art papers, 140 lb cold pressed watercolor paper, for all of his nearly 500 full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the September 1964 issue.

The Arches paper mill, located in the Vosges region of France, was granted "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company) status by the French government this year in recognition of its production of high quality paper making since 1492.

The company joins the prestigious EPV club whose members include famous French names such as Hermes, Cristalleries Saint-Louis, Baccarat, Chanel, De Buyer and Garnier Thiebaut. 

Eight of Doug's Playboy cartoons are featured on the Arches of France website as well on 


and the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at


(blog posts by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cartoon Rough Originals from Secret Sneyd: Now Available on Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at CAF

Loose-style cartoon rough originals published in the 280-page hardcover book - Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd/Dark Horse Books, April 2017 - are now available for purchase at the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


The Secret Sneyd gallery room at CAF features a selection of both color and black and white (8 1/2 x 11) loose-style cartoon rough originals published in 10 chapters:  Conversations, Hookers, Just Sex, Fun and Games, Relationships, Once Upon A Time, Inappropriate Behavior, Happy Holidays, Santa Baby and Potpourri.

If you have a copy of Secret Sneyd and have a favorite loose-style cartoon rough not posted at the CAF gallery room, please email through CAF or Doug's website - dougsneyd.com - for additional information on availability.

The 280-page hardcover book can be purchased at:




(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Check out Doug's Facebook Page for Video Slideshow of Mini Cooper S Cartoon

A video slideshow showing Doug working in his studio on a Playboy cartoon for the debut of the Mini Cooper S was recently posted on Doug's Facebook page:


Doug had 2 full-page color cartoons published in the May 2014 issue; one, commissioned by BSSP, appeared as an advertising insert  between pp. 44-45.  BSSP, located in Sausalito, CA, is one of the largest independent marketing communications agencies in the West Coast.



caption:  "You're right.  It's a lot bigger than I thought!"

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

April 1994 Playboy Cartoon: Changes to Final Pencil Rough

Not satisfied with the girl in the final pencil rough, Doug started over again.  He explained changes when he mailed the finish (mid-December 1991) to Michelle Urry, Cartoon Editor at the New York office of Playboy.

The full-page color cartoon appeared in the April 1994, p. 119, issue; caption:

"If you are what you eat, you must eat some pretty damned exotic stuff!" 

The cartoon was also reproduced on p. 146 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books.  





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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

The Best From Playboy, #3 - 1969: Doug's Cartoon

caption:  "I hope you're the kind who kisses and tells - it's good for business."

Doug's full-page color cartoon was published in the September 1965 issue of Playboy on p. 178 and then reproduced on p. 53 in the 192-page The Best of Playboy, #3 - 1969.



To inquire about Doug's available Playboy originals, approved gag roughs and preliminary pencil/color roughs, contact us at:


or the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

10 x 14 Pin-Up Original

This 10 x 14 pin-up original was rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes, which Doug used for all of his full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s.

To see more available original artwork, including Playboy cartoons and preliminary development pencil/color roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1973 Cartoon Album 6: Doug's Cartoons

The 192-page Cartoon Album 6, published in 1973 by Playboy Press, featured 8 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons.




• (p. 157)  "Well, that's strange . . . They were all here a minute ago."

published in the February 1968 issue of Playboy, p. 150,  and reproduced on p. 78 in The Art of Doug Sneyd 

(The 248-page hardcover book, also available now in a softcover edition, was published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011 and nominated for a 2012 Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category.)


• (p. 11) "I've just got time for a quickie!"

published in the February 1970 issue, p. 161, and reproduced on p. 174/upper right in The Art of Doug Sneyd

• (p. 31) "How about performing an unnatural act? . . ."

published in the November 1970 issue, p. 259, and reproduced on p. 91/lower right in The Art of Doug Sneyd

• (p. 63) "If there are no more finishing touches, I've got housework to do."

published in the June 1969 issue, p. 145, and reproduced on p. 133 in The Art of Doug Sneyd

(p. 111) "Well, now he knows what a nice girl like me is doing in a place like this."

published in the August 1968 issue, p. 169

• (p. 141) "No need to be embarrassed; being a doctor . . ."

published in the April 1970 issue, p. 131

• (p. 165) "Hi!"

published in the October 1969 issue, p. 261

• (p. 180) "These are our loving cups."

published in the March 1966 issue, p. 100

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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)



Doug Helps Publicize Local Hospital Charity Drive

Although Doug was under contract with Playboy since the early 1960s, he continued to do book and magazine illustrations, advertising art and news cartoons.  He was never too busy, however, to support local charities, including the 1985 fund raising campaign for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario.  

(The hospital is about 25 miles south of Doug's home in Orillia, which is 80 miles north of Toronto.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Doug's Website: Redesigned - Up and Running Now

Doug's website - dougsneyd.com - has been redesigned so check it out now for new available Playboy cartoon originals as well as links to both this blog and the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


In addition, there are links for purchasing The Art of Doug Sneyd and Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd; both hardcover books were published by Dark Horse Books, the third-largest comics publisher in the U.S.

Doug will also personalize copies of Unpublished Sneyd with a black and white profile sketch (on the Introduction page) of a classic Sneyd girl-next-door; see a sample sketch on the website link to Books.

We're very pleased with the website redesign; thank you, Chris!!!

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy August 1996 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Final Pencil Rough

caption:  "I don't date athletes.  They're only interested in beating their best time."  


Although many artists work with graphics programs, all of Doug's full-page color cartoons, published in Playboy since the early 1960s, were done by hand, including loose-style gag roughs sent to Hef for cartoon meetings and preliminary development pencil/color roughs.

Part of this process also meant he might "overlay" changes by cutting out a piece of paper, gluing it down and then drawing over it.


Doug's August 1996 full-page color cartoon was published on p. 73.


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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Doug's Cartoons in 1972 Artists and Models Playboy Paperback

In 1972, Playboy Press published Artists and Models; three of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons were reproduced in the 128-page paperback:

• p. 13:  December 1965 issue, p. 285 - also reproduced on p. 132 of The Art of Doug Sneyd 

caption:  "Now I have a confession to make ---I'm not really a model."

• p. 79:  October 1968 issue, p. 89 - also reproduced on p. 134 in The Art of Doug Sneyd

caption:  "Well, now, that's the kind of art form I'd like to get into."

• p. 116:  June 1969 issue, p. 145 - also reproduced on p. 133 of The Art of Doug Sneyd

caption:  "If there are no more finishing touches, I've got housework to do."


To see more of Doug's available Playboy originals, visit www.dougsneyd.com or the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Gag Rough Rejects - Enjoy!





To see available Playboy originals and preliminary pencil and color roughs as well as loose-style gag roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)


1977 Cartoons: You & Your Office

In 1977, a Toronto ad agency commissioned cartoons for the lead article in You & Your Office
a monthly news bulletin published for clients of Y&R Properties Limited, Developers/Owners/Managers of Toronto commercial buildings.


May 1977 

"We ran short of office space."





July 1977

"Is this the place that's been complainin' about the air conditionin'?" 



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1968 Cartoon Album 2: Doug's Cartoons

The 192-page Cartoon Album 2, published in 1968, featured 2 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons.




• (p. 35) "He wants to know if we make deliveries."

published in the September 1964, p. 205, issue of Playboy and reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 71; the 248-page hardcover book - now also available in a softcover edition, was published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011 and nominated in 2012 for an Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category.

• (p. 94) "Well, I won't be bothering you and Pop with any more embarrassing questions."

published in the February 1965, p. 105, issue of Playboy and reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 156


To see more available original artwork, Playboy cartoons and pencil and color preliminary roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Meeting Wonder Woman over the Years

Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con is Wednesday, July 19 and attendees will, no doubt, see hundreds of ladies dressed as Wonder Woman.  

(Enjoy these Wonder Woman photos from Doug's convention guest appearances over the years. )












Doug's full-page color Wonder Woman cartoon was published in the October 1981 (p. 111) issue of Playboy and also reproduced on p. 29 of The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book,  now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's Playboy cartoons.


10 x 14 loose-style Wonder Woman original, rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph Martin's aniline dyes.


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


Wonder Woman even made the cover of the February 2008 issue of Playboy.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Dark Horse Will Sell Doug's Books at SDCC

Dark Horse Books returns to Booth #2615 at SDCC, North America's largest comics-cartoon convention, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19 (from 6-9 p.m.) and running Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Both of Doug's Dark Horse publications will be available at Booth #2615 during the 5-day convention at the San Diego Convention Center.

The 280-page hardcover book - Secret Sneyd - features 250 of Doug's favorite loose-style unpublished gags from the thousands he's submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s.


The Art of Doug Sneyd, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the September 1964 issue.

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

Doug Works Exclusively on Arches of France Paper, Recipient of Recognition for Excellence

" . . . Arches has recently been granted "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living Heritage Company) status, in recognition of its ancestral know-how in the field of high quality paper making.  It joins a prestigious club whose members include famous French names such as Hermes, Cristalleries Saint-Louis, Baccarat, Chanel, De Buyer, Garnier Thiebaut and Imagerie d'Epinal.

The "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (EPV) label is an official French mark of recognition introduced in May 2006 and awarded by the Ministry for the Economy and Finances.  It is only granted to a few elite French companies.  It is valid for a period of five years and encompasses manufacturers who strive to uphold the excellence of their industrial or artisan know-how and the high quality of their products.  

They act as ambassadors for "Made in France" quality and on a daily basis they contribute to France's economic and cultural identity.

When Christopher Columbus set out for America in 1492, master papermakers were already hand making paper in the Arches paper mill located in the Vosges region of France.  

As the production processes have gradually become industrialized, the mill - since 1895 - uses a cylinder mould in the manufacture of watercolor paper gelatin-sized "to the core."

Doug's first full-page color cartoon was published in the September 1964 (p. 205) issue; over the decades Playboy's published close to 500 of his cartoons - ALL rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper. 





Likewise, Doug's commissions,


11 x 17 and


10 x 14 originals are ALL rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper.


(notice the grain of the Arches of France cold press watercolor paper)  


To see available Playboy cartoon originals, preliminary pencil and color roughs, loose-style unpublished gag roughs and original art, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


Doug works on the third floor of his home-studio in Orillia, which is 80 miles north of Toronto.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)