About 6 months ago, I had the good fortune to work Layout over at 'Yowza Digital' on a webcartoon for Nickelodeon, entitled: "Welcome To The Wayne".. Because I’m an old-timer, I had to be eased into working in a purely digital way, using Photoshop on a Cintiq.. I think I adapted pretty quickly. But early on, I was still drawing my Layouts traditionally. And I’m posting a couple examples here.. Doing the warped-anamorphic BG’s was challenging, but a lot of fun!

Just saw that Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89.. One of the grand dames of Cinema, and a genuine favorite of mine! Back when I published my sketchbook in 2003, I included an illo featuring Ms. Bacall that was intended as an homage to Milt Caniff’s late-great "MISS LACE" comic-strip.. Seeing as Lauren was a legitimate Pin-Up Queen back during WW2, it seemed completely appropriate?..

Just saw that Lauren Bacall passed away at the age of 89.. One of the grand dames of Cinema, and a genuine favorite of mine! Back when I published my sketchbook in 2003, I included an illo featuring Ms. Bacall that was intended as an homage to Milt Caniff’s late-great "MISS LACE" comic-strip.. Seeing as Lauren was a legitimate Pin-Up Queen back during WW2, it seemed completely appropriate?..

I’ve had this rarity sitting on my HD for awhile now; and thought it’d make an interesting post.. It’s a Birthday Card done by my fave artist: Frank Frazetta!! He drew it for his Father-in-law, sometime (I’m guessing?) in the mid-1950’s.. The drawing is always great, but it’s those subtle watercolor washes of his, that’re abso-lutely sublime!

I’ve had this rarity sitting on my HD for awhile now; and thought it’d make an interesting post.. It’s a Birthday Card done by my fave artist: Frank Frazetta!! He drew it for his Father-in-law, sometime (I’m guessing?) in the mid-1950’s.. The drawing is always great, but it’s those subtle watercolor washes of his, that’re abso-lutely sublime!

Lookee what I was able to snag at last weekend’s 'Toronto Comic Show'.. A copy of "GAMUT #3”!!  This was a fanzine produced by Sheridan College’s now-defunct 'Comic and Cartooning Course' in Oakville.. It was designed to showcase talent attending the school.. 
Apart from the rare (and funny) Berni Wrightson cover art,— the main reason I bought it was for a comic story inside by: Bob Smith.. A very talented guy I once worked with at Nelvana, on a number of their action-adventure cartoon shows.. Later on, he went on to do storyboards for Bruce Timm on the WB cartoons..

Lookee what I was able to snag at last weekend’s 'Toronto Comic Show'.. A copy of "GAMUT #3”!!  This was a fanzine produced by Sheridan College’s now-defunct 'Comic and Cartooning Course' in Oakville.. It was designed to showcase talent attending the school..

Apart from the rare (and funny) Berni Wrightson cover art,— the main reason I bought it was for a comic story inside by: Bob Smith.. A very talented guy I once worked with at Nelvana, on a number of their action-adventure cartoon shows.. Later on, he went on to do storyboards for Bruce Timm on the WB cartoons..

This is a logo design that I did for a family friend living out in Strathmore, Alberta.. I was asked to try and incorporate a Warthog (their club mascot) into the artwork.. So I thought the project would be a perfect opportunity for creating a kind-of Hank Porter -esque emblem, along the lines of his amazing WW2 Squadron insignia? I’m still not entirely sure about all of my color choices. But I’m pretty happy with the overall result..

This is a logo design that I did for a family friend living out in Strathmore, Alberta.. I was asked to try and incorporate a Warthog (their club mascot) into the artwork.. So I thought the project would be a perfect opportunity for creating a kind-of Hank Porter -esque emblem, along the lines of his amazing WW2 Squadron insignia? I’m still not entirely sure about all of my color choices. But I’m pretty happy with the overall result..

A commission that I did back in 2004, for a Gordon K. (from San Diego).. He had a very unique request for a trapped Animé-style Mermaid.. Thankfully, he also provided me with a good deal of reference material..  I tried my best to incorporate everything he’d asked for.. Hopefully, he enjoyed the result?

A commission that I did back in 2004, for a Gordon K. (from San Diego).. He had a very unique request for a trapped Animé-style Mermaid.. Thankfully, he also provided me with a good deal of reference material..  I tried my best to incorporate everything he’d asked for.. Hopefully, he enjoyed the result?

I’m not a particularly big Life Drawing fan.. But awhile back, I was fortunate to be gifted with a bunch of at-size color photocopies, done by none other than my fave artist: Frank Frazetta!! He drew this sometime around March of 1957.. Wouldn’t it be great to have an entire book of these published someday?

I’m not a particularly big Life Drawing fan.. But awhile back, I was fortunate to be gifted with a bunch of at-size color photocopies, done by none other than my fave artist: Frank Frazetta!! He drew this sometime around March of 1957.. Wouldn’t it be great to have an entire book of these published someday?

Happy Holidays to all my Internet friends!!  Here’s what this year’s version of the Christmas card ended up looking like.. It was my meager attempt to ape the stylings of Eyvind Earle.. I had plans to model more shadows onto the limbs of the foreground tree,— but I simply ran outta creative steam before the deadline crashed down onto me..

Happy Holidays to all my Internet friends!!  Here’s what this year’s version of the Christmas card ended up looking like.. It was my meager attempt to ape the stylings of Eyvind Earle.. I had plans to model more shadows onto the limbs of the foreground tree,— but I simply ran outta creative steam before the deadline crashed down onto me..

"TOILET HUMOUR" In The Literal Sense..

I was cleaning up my studio room, when I unearthed a large manila envelope. It contained folders of some Spümco-related artwork that I’d purchased from an eBay Seller, back in 2005.. One folder contained rough layouts from a comic-book story, featuring: "NUTTY the Friendly Dump" ! This past year, I finally got to see the finished-version of the story, when it was included in IDW Publishing’s 'John K. Presents COMIC BOOK' collection..

I recently bought the new book on Maurice Noble: "The Noble Approach", covering his thoughts on Animation Design & Layout.. It’s an excellent read! Put me in a nostalgic mood,— so I thought I’d post up an old 'BEETLEJUICE' Layout of mine..  Back in January of ‘91, I did 14 scenes for the episode entitled: "Fast Food".. Can’t recall too much about it. But I’m amused that I felt the need to use a half-size Field for this specific shot!

I recently bought the new book on Maurice Noble: "The Noble Approach", covering his thoughts on Animation Design & Layout.. It’s an excellent read! Put me in a nostalgic mood,— so I thought I’d post up an old 'BEETLEJUICE' Layout of mine..  Back in January of ‘91, I did 14 scenes for the episode entitled: "Fast Food".. Can’t recall too much about it. But I’m amused that I felt the need to use a half-size Field for this specific shot!