Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brunette in Red Bikini

Doug rendered this 10 x 14 loose-style original using Arches of France cold press watercolor paper and Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

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(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Food Price Increases: Single-Panel Cartoons, 1975-1977

USA Today recently reported CPI (Consumer Price Index) statistics for food price increases in 2014.  

meats, poultry, fish and eggs:  up 9.2%, the largest change from one December to another since 2003

dairy and related products:  up 5.3%

fruits and vegetables:  up 3.2%

Doug looked at the issue of higher food prices in a number of his single-panel news cartoons from 1975-1977.  The cartoons - distributed by the Toronto Star Syndicate - appeared daily in newspapers across North America for nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-1960s.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1984 SCOOPS Cartoon Strip: Football

After the 49th annual Super Bowl game next Sunday in Phoenix, wives can hopefully start communicating again with their husbands - a situation Doug focused on in this 1984 SCOOPS cartoon strip. 

Katy Perry will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, February 1st.

For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60s, SCOOPS news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

More Mermaids

Over the years, Doug has submitted thousands of cartoon gag roughs to Playboy.  Of course, not all can be selected for final art and ultimate publication in the magazine.

100 of Doug's favorite gag rough rejects were featured in Unpublished Sneyd; this mermaid gag rough reject was published on p. 42 of Unpublished Sneyd, which debuted at his first comics-cartoon convention - May 2007 in San Jose, California.

After C2E2 in 2010, sculptor Clay Moore and Doug collaborated to produce a 1/8 scale statue based on the mermaid cartoon gag rough reject in Unpublished Sneyd.

(The following are preliminary development pencil and color roughs for this 1/8 scale statue.)

Doug's working on his sixth 24-page sketchbook.  The 11 x 17 mermaid watercolor original he donated to the 2013 Emerald City Comicon charity auction, supporting the Seattle Children's Hospital, is featured on the cover.  The artwork was also reproduced on p. 70 of the convention art book, Monsters and Dames.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Doug's Mermaids

Stories of mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, but mention "mermaid" today and most people think of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836).

In addition to Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn and Amalienborg Palace, visitors to Copenhagen typically want to see the world-famous bronze statue of the little mermaid, displayed, since 1913, on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade.

You can see Doug working on this recent mermaid original, on Arches of France cold press art board using aniline dyes, by checking out the archived December 7 and 14, 2014 blog posts.

For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-60s, Doug Sneyd and SCOOPS news cartoons appeared daily in newspapers across North America; the 1972 (top) and 1973 (bottom) Doug Sneyd single-panel cartoons - distributed by the Toronto Star Syndicate - featured mermaids.

He has also depicted these alluring mythical beauties in two full-page color cartoons in Playboy:

April 1993, p. 161 - "I'd like to, but I'm allergic to seafood."

August 1999, p. 85 - "Those Greenpeace types are all alike.  One minute they're all over you and the next they dump you for some beached whale."

This is the approved gag rough for the August 1999, p. 85 full-page color cartoon in Playboy.

Both of these mermaid cartoons were among the 270 of Doug's full-page color cartoons featured in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book was a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.

(The 1993 cartoon is on p. 184; the 1999 cartoon is on p. 235.)

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Visit to Copenhagen

Our fall 2011 Scandinavian trip began in Copenhagen; naturally we wanted to see The Little Mermaid.

At the entrance to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's famous 20-acre amusement park - open since 1843.

Statue of Denmark's best-known author, Hans Christian Andersen.

The winter garden inside Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Scandinavia's top art gallery, built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of Carlsberg Breweries.

Doug was impressed with Rodin's The Burghers of Calais in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek; this is the second cast (1903) of 12 total permitted under French law.  The first cast (1895) is in Calais, France.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Unemployment and the Economy: Doug's 1975-76 News Cartoons

Although the S & P's 500 index rose 11.4% in 2014 and consumers welcomed lower oil prices, unemployment and concerns about the economy continue to make headlines in the new year.   

Doug's 1975-76 single-panel news cartoons - distributed by the Toronto Star Syndicate (for 20 years, starting in the mid-60s) to newspapers across North America - frequently focused on the same issue.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)