Sunday, July 1, 2018

Playboy Cartoon: July 1997

caption: "What are the chances of that warm front of yours moving over to my apartment later?"

Before sending new 8 1/2 x 11 loose-style gag lines/roughs to the The Mansion for Hef's review and approval, Doug made sure that he added his signature, generally in a lower corner, with the writer's initials under it.

This identification was important:  since Playboy paid the gag writers directly, it allowed the magazine to match initials with mailing addresses and issue the checks to the right people.

pencil rough image area: 8 1/4 x 10 on heavy tracing vellum

July 1997 cover

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Color Rough - July 1998

caption:  "I'd ask you in for a drink but my husband's a light sleeper."

All of Doug's preliminary pencil and color roughs are hand-drawn; for the color rough - "testing" color selections before going to final art - Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes.

He was confident about his initial color selections and decided not to finish the color rough:  image area 8 1/2 x 11 on heavy card stock.

The full-page color cartoon - p. 87 in the July 1998 issue of Playboy -  was also reproduced in Chapter 5, p. 110, Married Life in the 248-page hardcover book The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: Pencil Rough - July 1986

caption:  "It wasn't exactly a summer romance, but we did spend an intimate half hour in a tanning booth together."

All of Doug's preliminary pencil work - to block out the characters and set the scene - for his Playboy cartoons was done by hand.

It's easy to see that this pencil rough (image size:  7 x 9 1/4 on heavy tracing vellum) is not the final since a number of details in the published, p. 111, full-page color cartoon are missing or have been changed:

• print on the one girl's shorts has not been decided

• the Sneyd signature, faintly pencilled in on the left/middle, was moved to the background foliage on the right/middle  

• instead of office buildings in the background/left, Doug added a single office building in the background/right

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Blonds at the Beach Originals

20" x 16" originals are both rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.  Although one features a loose-style application of aniline dyes instead of Doug's tighter Playboy-style, they both have the classic Sneyd face:  solid orb eyes and sheen highlight on lower lip.

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Please note:  these are photos of the original art.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)