Sunday, May 7, 2017

Playboy May 2007 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Approved Gag Rough

caption:  "Your Honor, my client would like to throw herself on the mercy of the court.  Individually or in groups of two or more."

approved gag rough

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

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Photo of Doug in Studio - Published in Secret Sneyd

When people visit Doug in Orillia, they're typically curious to see his studio - on the third floor of his home overlooking Lake Couchiching.  

So, Doug wasn't surprised when his editor - Freddye Miller at Dark Horse Books - asked for a *photo of him in the studio to use with the company's latest hardcover book:  Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd

Friends from Mississauga, Ontario - Neil and Leigh Mechem - were driving up for lunch so I asked them to bring along a camera and take a photo of Doug in the studio - left window overlooks Lake Couchiching.

*Leigh's photo was published on p. 280.

The 280-page hardcover book - released April 18, 2017 - features 250 of Doug's unpublished loose-style unpublished gags, chosen from the thousands submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s. 

It's now available at local bookstores or online at:

Also, if you're a fan of cartoons, comic books or animation, you might enjoy getting a copy of The Artist Within (photographer Greg Preston, Dark Horse Books, 2007).

Over the years, Doug and I have met a number of the artists - and their studios - featured in the book, including Sergio Aragones, Mort Walker, Neal Adams, Stan Sakai, Howard Chaykin, Jim Silke, Mike Mignola, Bill Morrison, Eldon Dedini, Olivia, Frank Cho, etc.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Doug's Home/Studio

This photo of Doug's home/studio was taken lakeside; the third floor is his studio.  Doug primarily works in the far left side; the floor-to-ceiling windows provide wonderful natural light, which he prefers to work with over artificial light, which tends to distort colors.  

(All of his Playboy cartoons - his first was published in the September 1964 issue - have been rendered using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper.)

(Photos of Doug in his Orillia studio are on pp. 242-243 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published in July 2011 by Dark Horse Books.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of his full-page color Playboy cartoons.)

After working in a home/studio in Toronto for a number of years, Doug, his wife Shirley and their four children moved 80 miles north to Orillia in 1969.  The 3-story, 4-bedroom home sits on an 80' x 330' lot with 80' frontage on Lake Couchiching.

The architectural plans were designed by Canadian architect C. Blakeway Miller, a recipient of the Massey Medal for Architecture and the Lumberman's Award. 

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Gag Rough Rejects - Enjoy!

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

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy May 2002 Issue: Bill O'Reilly Interview

Over the decades, Playboy has interviewed hundreds of politicians, business leaders, actors, comedians and newsmakers like FOX News anchor Bill O'Reilly. (pp. 59-68, p. 160). 

Doug's full-page color cartoon - caption:  "Guess what, Stephanie.  I just got rear-ended and I had a car accident!" - was published on p. 83 in the May 2002 issue and also reproduced on p. 44 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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