Sunday, November 5, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving: Doug's Playboy Cartoon, November 2001 Issue

caption:  "We thank thee for this wondrous bounty, Lord - oh, and thanks for all the food."

Doug's full-page color cartoon was published in the November 2001 issue of Playboy on p. 81.


loose-style gag rough (size:  8 1/2 x 11) approved by Hef - change to caption in blue pencil and "OK full color HMH" and "need right away"


final preliminary pencil rough (size:  7 1/2 x 9 7/8 on heavy tracing vellum)


Doug typically xeroxes a final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for a color rough.  He can then decide if wants to make changes, such as the man's hair color and clothing worn by the girl on the right, before going to final art.


The full-page color cartoon was also reproduced on p. 209 in 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, was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.

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



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

SEX and Other Late-Night Laughs: Doug's Cartoons

In 1990 Playboy Press published SEX and Other Late-Night Laughs; Doug's full-page color cartoons were featured on the cover and throughout the 96-page publication.


(cover)  "Gee, Eldon, doesn't the moon make you feel romantic?"





(p. 3)  "What's the plural of penis?"



(p. 18)  "The motives of the guy I met last night were very transparent, but then, so was my blouse."



(p. 27)  "If you come up to my expectations, I may come down to yours."



(p. 50)  "Short, about six inches, pale-green complexion, hops, eats flies. . . ."



(p. 67)  You've seen the movie, now perform the act.



(p. 81)  "It's nice, but where's the love interest?"



(p. 84)  "I dress for success, but I still like to undress for pleasure."

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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Color Rough: September 2013 Playboy Cartoon

caption:  "If you're really looking for something interactive to play with, I get off at five."


For a color rough, Doug typically xeroxed (8 1/2 x 11 on standard copy paper) a final pencil rough and then applied aniline dyes.  However, this color rough was hand-drawn on Arches of France cold press art board - used to render all of Doug's full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the September 1964 issue.

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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Illustrations for Hockey Article in Canadian Weekly

Early in Doug's career as a freelance illustrator, he worked for a number of book and magazine publishers, including Canadian Weekly.

Hockey's considered Canada's national pastime so Doug was often hired to illustrate the sport, including this 2-page excerpt from Behind the Cheering (hardcover, 1962, McClelland and Stewart Ltd) by hockey great Frank Selke. 



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1972 Cartoon Album 5: Doug's Cartoons

The 192-page Cartoon Album 5, published in 1972, featured 9 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons:




•  caption:  "You'll like my parents - they're out of town most of the time."

p. 122:  published in the August 1969, p. 197, issue and reproduced on p. 160 in 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 full-page color Playboy cartoons.


• caption:  "My insomnia got me started.  I figured as long as I was lying there in bed awake all night anyway . . ."

p. 140:  published in the May 1969, p. 174, issue


p. 12 (published in the November 1969, p. 198, issue and reproduced on p. 175 in The Art of Doug Sneyd); p. 124 (published in the March 1968, p. 153, issue and reproduced on p. 180 in The Art of Doug Sneyd); p. 161 (published in the July 1968, p. 201, issue and reproduced on p. 74 in The Art of Doug Sneyd)

p. 33 (September 1967, p. 194 issue); p. 45 (March 1969, p. 213, issue); p. 55 (June 1969, p. 251, issue); p. 117 (September 1968, p. 233, issue)

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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Interview: Ben Stiller, November 2000 Issue, Doug's Cartoon



Doug's full-page color cartoon was published on p. 105 of the November 2000 issue; it was also reproduced on p. 47 in 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, was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Playboy Cartoon: October 2006 Issue

Approved - "OK color H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original; full-page color cartoon published in the October 2006 issue (p. 106), also reproduced on p. 208 in 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, was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.


preliminary pencil rough


caption:  "I hope you're not one of those vampires who just sucks blood."


To see more available approved loose-style gag roughs, pencil and color prelims and Playboy cartoon originals, visit

www.dougsneyd.com and the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at www.comicartfans.com 


October 2006 Playboy cover


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Playboy October 1997 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Approved Gag Rough

caption:  "I thought maybe if I ended up on the cutting room floor, I could avoid ending up on the cutting room floor."


approved gag rough


The full-page color cartoon, published on p. 113 of the October 1997 issue, was also reproduced on p. 129 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.


While looking through the October 1997 issue, I also noticed 20 Questions:  Tea Leoni.  At the time, she was the star of the NBC sitcom The Naked Truth; today she stars as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the CBS drama Madame Secretary, which debuted in September 2014.



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1989 Cartoon Commission for Canon Mini Copier Advertising Campaign

In 1989, Hakuhodo Incorporated/Tokyo contacted Doug to work on a magazine advertising campaign in Japan to launch the Canon FC-311 photocopier.

After contacting his writers, Doug reviewed dozens of gag lines for submission to Tsunefumi Shibata, copy director at The Fifth Creative Division/Hakuhodo Incorporated.

"Here, take care of this - I'm going back in for my wife!" was approved for Doug to render as a full-color cartoon illustration (37 cm. x 49 cm.) for the campaign.


final pencil rough


final color rough


Doug also did preliminary work for a back-up gag line:

"Very good, Jeeves.   Put it over there between the Van Gogh and the Michelangelo."


first color rough


final color rough (notice placement of Sneyd and addition of small dog at butler's feet)


Additional loose-style gag lines initially submitted to the Tokyo advertising agency for the magazine launch of the Canon FC-311 photocopier in Japan.












(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)