Friday, December 23, 2011

Slowing down.

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday. Arizona is usually beautiful this time of year. This year, not so much. So it's indoors for a while.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Pro tip maybe?

We've discussed the nuances of scanning watercolor paper quite a bit on this blog in the past. Ted observed that turning a watercolor paper 90 degrees helps at times if a scan is not showing up well. I have a trick I'd like to add

To get a "flat" scan on bigger pieces that might have a few visible bumps in your scans just turn the paper art side down on a towel and mist it with water, soak up any small pools with another towel and then repeat until the paper gives in and lays flat. Then just scan it in slightly wet.

Obviously, be careful to not get the art side wet in any way. It should feel dry.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I like this painting that I ran across by James Jean.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stan Lynde - Rick O'Shay

On my father’s ranch I learned that no task was beneath me, and that if a job needed doing, somebody needed to do it.
I was born in the heart of the Great Depression. Dad considered himself fortunate to find work herding sheep at $30 a month on the open ranges of the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. With my mother and me, Dad followed the sheep to new grass and a variety of temporary homes—sheep wagons, tents, dugouts, cabins and ranch houses.
When I was about five, I found out comics were written and drawn by people called cartoonists. It had never occurred to me that a person actually wrote and drew comic strips; I’d thought they were some kind of a natural wonder, like Old Faithful or the Grand Canyon. I resolved from that day . . . 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jack Davis Original Art

MAD Magazine's Jack Davis designed the characters for the 1970's Jackson Five animated television series. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Unused Cover Sketch

Occupy Design

Occupy Design: Visual Tools for the 99 Percent

Last weekend, San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C. hosted spontaneous "Hackathons" to brainstorm how to use various platforms to help Occupy Wall Street. One of the ideas hatched was Occupy Design, a new website that gives a "visual language" to protesters across the country. Jake Levitas, a designer from San Francisco who's heading up the project, says it's a chance to fight back at media who characterize the movement as directionless.

"These are people who have valid concerns grounded in reality and grounded in data that can be communicated visually," Levitas says. "If we get these signs on CNN instead of the ones that say 'Screw capitalism' on a piece of cardboard," viewers don't see a generic grievance but "exactly how people are being screwed and by how much. It’s a lot harder to argue with statistics than it is with talking points."

The site provides big-think infographics that illustrate data on the wealth gap, symbols for overarching concepts like "justice" and "community," and practical signs to use on the ground like "toilet" and "landfill." Levitas says it's a chance for designers and techies to contribute to the movement, even if they can't make it to a protest.

"There’s all this untapped potential for people who are extremely talented," he says. "It's essentially a way to connect occupiers and designers. Everyone has a different role in this movement."

--The Daily Good

Monday, September 19, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We all put our pants on one leg at a time...

... and sometimes, that's just the beginning...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Wacom Inkling

If you don't have 200 bucks lying around somewhere, I bet you'll find it real fast.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

White Board Animation

This is a more recent white board 'animation', or presentation, which I call Graffideo. These sped-up white board illustrations are becoming popular for presentations and as marketing tools.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Captain America - Avengers

Here's a shot of Chris Evans as Captain America in his modern uniform, from the filming of The Avengers movie. I haven't seen Captain America yet, but I like the premise, and the amazing result of making Chris Evans a 97-lb. weakling.

Maybe some day they'll make a superhero movie I can watch with my kids . . .

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Monster designs

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The Dragon Stone

Stacy Curtis has a new book out in September, 2011: The Rocky Cave Kids - The Dragon Stone, written by Dian Curtis Regan.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weird Al NPR Interview

Al Yankovic talked with Weekend Edition at NPR about Wes's illustrations for When I Grow Up:

HANSEN: Yeah. Tell us a little bit about the illustrator, Wes Hargis.
Mr. YANKOVIC: When he was given the text, he wasn't told whose text it was. Harper Collins just gave him the text and said let's see some character designs based on this. He might have done a gorilla masseuse illustration for it and he thought, oh this is beautiful. And Harper Collins gave him the job after I'd signed off on it. And when he found out it was working for me, he was even more thrilled.
HANSEN: Well, the whole idea of the gorilla masseuse - I'll explain the picture - is this huge gorilla on a massage table and little Billy is up kind of working his shoulder blades. And there's also an illustration of him milking a giraffe, I believe?
Mr. YANKOVIC: Yes. Wes is really, really good at animal illustrations, portrait.
HANSEN: Yeah, yeah. And it's beautiful 'cause it's realistic yet impressionistic at the same time.
Mr. YANKOVIC: It is. And I love the detail in it. You know, it's the kind of illustration where a kid can stare at a two-page spread for an hour and just pick out little details and little funny gags here and there.
Source: NPR

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I Know That Artist!

Carol Hinz, Editorial Director at Lerner Publishing Group, had this to say in a recent Lerner blog post:

I Know That Artist!
By Carol Hinz at 9:49 AM

Lately, I've been seeing references to Weird Al's picture book, When I Grow Up, all over the place. This weekend, NPR even had an interview with Mr. Yankovic. This interview included a discussion of the delightful illustrations, which are by Wes Hargis.

I'm not surprised at positive reactions to the artwork. After all, before he was Weird Al's illustrator, Wes charmed all of us with his illustrations for Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride, published in 2009. I especially like the way Wes brought the Bud the bulldog to life. Bud became the mascot for the very first successful cross-country automobile trip in 1903. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in automobile history, adorable bulldogs, or Wes Hargis's wonderful illustrations!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wes Hargis Interview

The Eastern Arizona Courier recently interviewed Wes. Writer Jennifer Griffith writes on her blog:

"Well, I submitted my article and review of Wes Hargis's interview for the Yankovic illustration job, and she liked it. A lot. Enough to slap it on the front page of the Sunday paper."


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mile 44

I ran across this December, 2010, article about Mile 44, the screen printing company that partners Stacy Curtis and Dave Windisch. Some folks know Stacy as an editorial cartoonist, others as a children's book illustrator, but if you've got an indie band, you probably know Stacy better for his posters.
Link: NUVO article

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

"When I Grow Up" iPad App

I just read a favorable write-up for Wes & Al's interactive iPad app for their picture book When I Grow Up.
Link: WIRED article

Friday, July 29, 2011

Healthy Cartooning

I try to draw several servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Bad Guy

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Flash

CTE (Click to Enlarge)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Amy Lou and the Chamber of Hargis

Drawn in ArtRage2. Electricity glow added in Photoshop.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Reading Program

The kids and I wound up with our picture in the local paper while at the library participating in the Summer Reading Program. We generally hit the library every couple of weeks.

(Click to enlarge)

Sunday, July 3, 2011


We're doing an update on the "When I Grow Up" app and one of the games needed some recipes from Billy, the protagonist. Here are some of them. They look delicious. -W.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Top Ten Influential People in Comic Books

10. Todd MacFarlane
9.   Carl Barks
8.   Will Eisner
7.   Steve Muffatti
6.   Osamu Tezuka
5.   Jack Kirby / Stan Lee
4.   Frederick Wertham
3.   Bob Montana
2.   Frank Miller
1.   Joe Shuster / Jerry Siegel

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Comic Book Relief

From The Daily Good:

Laughter Is the Best Medicine: Comic Books to Help Joplin Kids Be Kids

Whether created to educate students in Kabul or fight unemployment in New York City, comic books have become a go-to creative instrument for tackling serious problems. Now a team of artists is putting comic books to work in support of the young people in Joplin, Missouri affected by last month's tornadoes, which killed more than 100 people and displaced thousands.

Dreamed up by a former editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, Comics Express is a limited-edition,  24-page comic book, to be distributed for free to Joplin's youth this July. While other relief agencies are helping adults in Joplin piece their community back together, this project aims to help children affected by tragedies by nourishing their sense of humor and their imagination. As Comics Express explains on their website, "The comic book will give young kids up to teens something more fun to think about than damaged neighborhoods and uprooted lives."

To get the project off the ground, Comics Express created a funding page on Indie Gogo, a platform for crowdsourcing funding. While the artists are donating their time and labor, shipping and printing will cost $6,000. A $20 donation will get you a copy of the magazine. Donate $100, and you'll get five copies, a poster, and your name included in an "original thank you poem" inside the comic book's front cover.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spider-man Sketch

I haven't posted anything in a long while. Here's a Spider-man sketch I made last night. Let's see if I can remember how to upload images...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Things that didn't get in the App

A hearty welcome for any wandering visitors to Ted Dawson and Wes Hargis's Blog!

The App for "When I Grow Up" by author Al Yankovic that I (Wes) was helping with is over at the itunes store right now. It was just awesome to work with my favorite people at Harper and the talented gang at Bean Creative to bring Al's book to life.

I wanted to show any visitors here a few pieces that didn't get into the App!

These are game info pages and it sort of slowed kids down in getting to the games, so it was chucked for the betterment of the experience. Here's a few that only you guys get to see.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Baboon stealing some punch.

Just Sketching...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

When I Grow Up Picture Book

In its Fifth Week on the New York Times Bestseller List, When I Grow Up has moved up to Number Four!

On Amazon:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Wes Hargis: New York Times Bestselling Illustrator!

Wes Hargis' When I Grow Up is on the New York Times Bestseller List!

I think somebody named Al wrote it.

Congrats, Wes!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011


I'm going to try to start posting some early cartoons of mine. Most have been lost, but I still have a few. I drew this when I was twelve. Drawn on 6" x 9" note pad paper with, probably, a BiC pen. Possibly Papermate.
Click to enlarge

Thursday, February 3, 2011

reddit alien

I drew this for someone on the board there. Great news aggregate site.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Publicity photo.

I thought I might get all touched up for a decent photo here.

Well, heeeeere we go.

"When I Grow Up" is released today!

Al is on TV this week. Today at the "Today Show" and later with other big appearances including the Joy Behar show. I'll just stand back and try not to do anything too stupid. (no guarantees on that)

Oh and I will release this photo to the world.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Spider-man Rebooted

These are un-retouched photos and not CGI generated images.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Lemonade delivery service.

Just in time for all this lovely weather we're not having.

Done in Watercolor-pencil with digital touch-ups on Arches natural white 140lb. I Love certain things about detail work on this paper,but for big pieces, I think I will stick to Strathmore imperial 500 from now on.