Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Noel Sickles Stetson Box

Noel Sickles (Scorchy Smith) illustrated this Stetson hat box.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

John Romita Original Art

Amazing Spider-man #108

Barbie Fashion #1

Monday, March 29, 2010

Peter Parker Warm-up

Today's warm-up watercolor drawing.
Here's the pencil sketch:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Man's Best Friend

Warming up with the watercolors today.
He doesn't have a name yet.

Rose Is Rose Sunday Original Art

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sunday Comics Reader

I just read over at The Daily Cartoonist that someone in the White House reads the Sunday comics.

Hi and Lois Original 1961

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Popeye Original

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Darwyn Cooke Original Watercolor Art

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I was straightening up my studio yesterday and ran across this drawing. It was one of my early attempts when I was learning to use watercolor about six years ago. My "model" was Angela Bassett.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Copyright Czar Collecting Comments from Artists

The new White House "Copyright Czar" is collecting comments from artists on how to improve copyright protection. All comments must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST. 

White House Seeks Artists’ Comments to Improve Copyright Protection
New Copyright Czar begins Joint Strategic Plan to Protect Intellectual Property
Victoria Espinel is the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), also known as the Copyright Czar. Congress created IPEC by an Act of Congress. Ms. Espinel serves within the Executive Office of the President to coordinate with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property.
Ms. Espinel and her team are specifically tasked with formulating and implementing a Joint Strategic Plan to help protect the ingenuity and creativity of Americans by improving the U.S. Government’s protection of the rights of intellectual property owners.
Your input is requested.
The White House is inviting your public input and participation to shape an effective intellectual property enforcement strategy. Please respond with your written submissions regarding the costs to you, your business and the U.S. economy resulting from infringement of your intellectual property rights, both direct and indirect.
This will be a 2-part process.

The first is to gather public recommendations by March 24. IPEC will then gather your input on the formulated plan.
Please be precise.
Include your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are. Explain why copyright is critical to you as a commercial artist, how infringement affects you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of American artists. If your submission is about your economic loss due to infringement of your copyrights you must clearly identify the methodology used to calculate your losses or otherwise validate your infringement and enforcement costs.
Your submission will be publicly posted.
For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information.
Confidential disclosures.
If you have confidential business information that would support your recommendation or that you believe would help the Government formulate an effective enforcement strategy, please let them know by contacting:
Thomas L. Stoll
Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
(202) 395-1808
Deadline: Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST.
Address: All submissions should be sent electronically via

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Frank King Original

Gasoline Alley original from 1937.

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Nothing To Sneeze At

It isn't often that a new product will come out that makes me deviate from my tried and tested art supply list. But this item should be the pick of every working cartoonist. It'snot your average pencil sharpener.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cartoonist Interviews

David Paccia has been posting dozens of interviews he's conducted with such talented cartoonists as Ann Telneas (Washington Post), Carlos Castellanos (Baldo), David Horsey (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), Tom Richmond (MAD), Sandra Bell-Lundy (Between Friends) and Dan Piraro (Bizarro). I just made #98. I believe each cartoonist is asked the same questions, which include pens, paper, influences, rituals, music, etc. One of your favorite cartoonists may be in there.

David Wasting Paper Blog

Billy Goats

I'm trying to reacquaint myself with watercolors. It can be a painful process.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Scorchy Smith Original

Noel Sickles (Scorchy Smith) and Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) shared a small studio early in their careers. Each had a strong influence on the other. They often helped with each other's comics, as well as working together on commissioned advertising work.

This is an original Scorchy Smith by Sickles from 1935.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jack Kirby Originals

Sky Masters of the Space Force, Kirby and Wally Wood, c. 1960

Avengers #5, Kirby and Reinman

Hulk #4, Kirby and Ayers

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Jack Kirby Mickey Mouse

I don't really know what to say about this.

It's original Jack Kirby art for a book called Art of Mickey Mouse.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Heating Packs

Sometimes you see something and it just makes you smile. I ran across this heating pack on Etsy. I love people who are able to not only think of things like this, but make 'em.

My wife and I have become big fans of home-made microwavable heating pads filled with buckwheat, rice, etc. They provide welcome relief for pain from Mouse Shoulder, and help you keep your hands or neck warm on those really cold winter days.

I'm not selling anything, just sayin'... If you haven't used one of these things, you're missing out.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Some snails on bikes.

That is all.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Parenting Tips

I don't often get to draw an ax-wielding adult chasing a child. This is a page spread rough for a scene from The Rabbit's Apprentice. You can see it's a mix of pencil and digital, in an attempt to get the elements right.

Fox Drawing

From the fable The Fox and the Wolf

Milton Caniff Oil Painting

Someone on ebay is selling an oil painting by Milton Caniff for $750.00. Three days left.

Jack Kirby In Love

Even Jack Kirby's romance comics were action-packed.

In this case, it's because the first three panels, drawn by Kirby and inked by Joe Simon, were drawn several years earlier for a never-published comic strip called Inky Wells.

In Love #3, Mainline Comics, 1955

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mickey Mouse Sunday Comic Strip

This is a Sunday rough and final for a Mickey Mouse comic strip from 1973. Del Connell did the writing and rough, while Manuel Gonzales drew the final. Connell is a Disney veteran who wrote The Three Caballeros, Alice in Wonderland and Ben and Me, as well as several Disney comic books. Gonzales drew the Mickey Mouse Sunday strips from 1938 to 1981. He worked on most if not all of the Disney comic strip adaptations.