Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Long-Time SDCC Exhibitor: Stuart Ng Books

The Stuart Ng booth - across the aisle from Big Wow Art - is always busy with SDCC attendees looking for rare and out-of-print books on illustration, animation and comic art as well as artists' sketchbooks.  

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fan Expo Canada: Preliminaries' Booklets

Doug's Preliminaries booklets offer insight into the development process of designing Playboy cartoons - Doug's first Playboy cartoon appeared in the August 1964 issue - and his signature limited edition 11 x 17 prints.   Both pencil and color roughs are featured in the 24-page booklets.

The Christmas in Toronto 16-page booklet reprints 12 commissioned holiday cards Doug painted in the 1960s and 1970s for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest newspaper.   The annual Christmas cards were sent to corporate clients. 

Hours for the final day of Fan Expo Canada are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Check the convention program for Doug's location in Artist Alley; his final convention appearance is October 8-10 at the New York Comic-Con

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fan Expo Canada: Limited Edition Prints

Doug will have 11 limited edition prints - each 11 x 17 - for sale at Fan Expo Canada this weekend as well as a souvenir 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 mini print for $5.00. 

Hours today are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 28 the North Hall of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is open to attendees 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fan Expo Canada: Commissioned Sketches and Personalized Copies of Unpublished Sneyd Feature Classic Lovely Ladies

Check the Fan Expo Canada program for Doug's table in Artist Alley if you'd like a commissioned sketch - in either a sketchbook or on 9 x 12 Arches of France watercolor paper. 

Fan Expo Canada hours are:  Friday, August 27 from 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Hall.

Doug will be happy to personalize copies of his 52-page book, Unpublished Sneyd, featuring 100 of his favorite Playboy gag rough "rejects."

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Schoolism's Online Art Classes Draw A Crowd at SDCC

When I visited the Imaginism Studios' booth to say "hello," I learned that Bobby Chiu was demonstrating digital painting techniques at the Schoolism exhibit, a few aisles away. Bobby, an award winning artist and digital painter from Toronto, is the creative director at Schoolism.

Other instructors for the online art classes are: Character Design with Stephen Silver, The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler, Storyboarding with Kris Pearn and Comicbook Portfolio with Alvin Lee.

If attending Fan Expo Canada this weekend, August 27-29, check the program for Imaginism Studios and Schoolism.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kei Acedera: One Happy SDCC Exhibitor

Kei Acedera, art director for Imaginism Studios, is always ready to meet and talk with fans of her work - whether at SDCC or this weekend's Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center/North Hall. Imaginism Studios, as well as Doug, will exhibit in Artist Alley.

She's a children's book illustrator, character designer and concept artist for films for Disney, Sony and more.

Doug and I met Kei and Bobby Chiu, president of Imaginism Studios in Toronto, on the flight from Toronto to SDCC in July 2007 - our first time at SDCC exhibiting with Big Wow Art.

Peter helps man the busy Imaginism Studios' booth.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Doug Stops by Clayburn Moore's Exhibit

Doug wanted to see the statues at the CS Moore Studio exhibit, especially this life-size Fathom faux bronze statue, which had been sold during the convention. Clayburn would deliver it later to the buyer from San Juan Capistrano, California.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Doug Sketches Natasha in Unpublished Sneyd

When Doug (center) finished sketching Natasha,  Tony Swatton (in red),  master blacksmith and owner of Sword and the Stone, stopped by Big Wow Art with actors from Pirates of the Carribean I.  Tony's company has provided custom-designed, handcrafted props for the Pirates' movies and other Hollywood productions.   

While Doug sketched Natasha, he found out she works at Sword and the Stone in Burbank, California; does modeling; and competes in roller derby competition.  Fans who follow the LA Derby Dolls know Natasha as Cannon Doll-X.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Doug Donates Gag Rough to CAPS Fundraising Art Auction on August 25

The annual fundraiser for CAPS (Comic Art Professional Society) will host a benefit auction on August 25 in Burbank, California to support veteran comics artists Russ Heath and Ralph Reese.

Contributors to the benefit auction include Jack Davis, Ernie Chan, Al Jaffee, Nick Park, Jeff Smith, Doug Sneyd, Dan Spiegle, William Stout, Mick Gray, Angelo Torres, Stan Lee, Dean Yeagle, Sergio Aragones and Russ Heath himself.

Sergio Aragones, one of CAPS' founders and MAD Magazine cartoonist, will be the auctioneer for the event; proceeds are used for CAPS' activities and assisting individuals from the comic art community who are experiencing serious financial difficulties.

You can bid on Doug's 8 1/2 x 11 watercolor gag rough and other pieces of donated art by visiting the CAPS website or contacting Pat McGreal, CAPS president, (cell) 310-365-8457, about the bidding process.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kim, Nick and Fernanda: First-Time Visitors to SDCC Have Doug Personalize Copies of Unpublished Sneyd

Doug and I enjoyed talking with Las Vegas dancers Kim and Nick, who were visiting Comic-Con for the first time.  They decided a personalized copy of Unpublished Sneyd would be a great convention souvenir.

Kim is the dance captain of Bite, currently at the Stratosphere; Nick is a dancer in Triumph at the Las Vegas Hilton. 

This was also Fernanda's first visit to SDCC; she lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil and works as a reporter for da Ilustrada.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Visiting Baby Tattoo Books' Exhibit

In less than 24 hours, cases of books were unpacked and Baby Tattoo Books was ready for business.  Publisher Bob Self and his staff were once again ready for crowds at SDCC.

The last time Doug and I had time to talk with Bob was at C2E2 in April.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lovely Ladies in Costume Visit Doug at Big Wow Art Booth

Steampunk Rogue - Tanya from Santa Barbara, California.

Slave princess Leia - Ann from Los Angeles.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Anais and Jennifer Tell Doug Bunny Ears Are OK for Sketches in Unpublished Sneyd

Anais works in Paris for the magazine Fluide Glacial.

This was Jennifer's first time at SDCC; she lives in Boston.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Adam and Jonathan Buy Commissioned Sketches

Adam purchased one of Doug's 9 x 12 personalized pen and ink sketches - all of which are done on 140 Lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed Arches of France watercolor paper.

(Doug will also do commissioned sketches August 27-29 at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto.)

Jonathan, who lives in Seattle, told us it was his first visit to SDCC; he asked Doug to do a 9 x 12 pen and ink sketch of a classic Sneyd girl-next-door. 

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)