Sunday, May 24, 2015

Politics/Politicians: Single-Panel News Cartoons

Many politicians - whether currently serving in office or seeking election Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - will be marching in parades this weekend as cities, large and small, celebrate Memorial Day.

I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of Doug's single-panel news cartoons (1972-1974) focusing on politics and politicians.

For nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-1960s, Doug's news cartoons, distributed by the Toronto Star Syndicate, appeared in newspapers across North America.






(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Framed Playboy Gag Rough Reject

Since Doug's first cartoon was published in Playboy (September 1964), he's submitted thousands of cartoon gag roughs.  Of course, not all can be selected for final art and ultimate publication in the magazine.

Here's one of his unpublished favorites, which he had framed; it hangs in his foyer gallery of original art.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Gag Rough Rejects

In the years since Doug's first full-page color cartoon was published in Playboy - September 1964, he's submitted thousands of cartoon gag roughs.  Of course, not all can be selected for final art and ultimate publication in the magazine.

Enjoy these unpublished favorites!




To see more Playboy gag rough rejects, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 x 14 Watercolor Original

Doug's loose-style 10 x 14 original is rendered on Arches of France cold press 140 lb watercolor paper using aniline dyes.

To see more of his watercolor originals, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



Please note: This is a photo of the watercolor original.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

May 1967 Playboy Cover

NASCAR is one of the most viewed professional sports in the U.S. - football, of course, is first, but Formula One racing also has a strong following in the U.S. so I thought it was interesting to see it featured on the cover of the May 1967 issue as The Ultimate Sport.

(The 2015 Grand Prix season started March 15 in Melbourne; upcoming dates are Sunday, May 24 in Monte Carlo and Sunday, June 7 in Montreal.)


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

July 1989, p. 129 Playboy Cartoon Preliminary Pencil and Color Roughs

We thought you might be interested to see Doug's preliminary pencils, done on heavy tracing vellum, and the color rough for the July 1989 Playboy cartoon, published on p. 129.  All of Doug's work is done by hand.

Caption:  "I don't think of it as raising hemlines - I think of it as raising consciousnesses."


Artwork size for this pencil rough is 6 3/4 x 8 3/4.


Artwork size for the final pencil rough is 6 3/8 x 8 3/8.


Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough.  Overlays are also typical in Doug's preliminary development work.

You may find it interesting to look for changes between the pencil roughs, color rough and the published cartoon - for example, the man seated on the right, the waiter and the brunette's belt.


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



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

10 x 14 Original: Redhead With Lavender Eyes

The 10 x 14 original, on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using aniline dyes, is loose and colorful yet features a classic Sneyd female and a vibrant background wash.

To see more of Doug's original art, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



Please note: This is a scanned photograph of the original.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)