Sunday, April 1, 2018

Playboy Cartoon Preliminary Sequence: April 2002

caption:  "There are some things money can't buy.  Fortunately, I'm not one of them."


Hef's approved - "OK color HMH" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original; full-page color cartoon published on p. 116 in the April 2002 issue of Playboy.  (8 1/2 x 11 standard copy paper, with 2 overlays, which are common in Doug's hand-drawn work)


first preliminary hand-drawn pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  6 x 7 3/4


second preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  5 5/8 x 7 1/4


third preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum: image area:  7 3/4 x 9 3/4  (notice the addition of musicians performing at the bar)


fourth preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  7 1/2 x 9 3/4


final preliminary pencil rough on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  7 1/2 x 9 3/4


Doug's color rough "tests" color selections before going to final art; typically he xeroxes the final pencil rough on 8 1/2 x 11 standard copy paper and then applies aniline dyes.  (notice changes made in hair color and dress for both women and men)




To see more available Playboy cartoon originals, Hef's approved loose-style gag rough originals and pencil and color preliminary roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon Color Rough: April 1995

caption: "I look for hunks and all I find are flakes."


After completing a series of hand-drawn preliminary pencil roughs, Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough, which lets him "test" color selections before going to final art.  (Notice minor color changes and the addition of details to the men's clothing from the color rough to the published cartoon.)


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon Preliminary Sequence: March 2005

caption:  "I don't know, but judging from all the couples on board, 
I think it's some kind of sex cruise."


Approved - "OK 2 column color H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original, cartoon published in March 2005 issue (p. 143); reproduction on p.  190/Chapter 10 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.

The 248-page hardcover book was also a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.


Doug's hand-drawn pencil preliminary pencil roughs block out characters and set the scene; this is the first pencil prelim - image area is 3 1/4 x 4 on heavy tracing vellum.


A second hand-drawn pencil preliminary is on heavy tracing vellum; image area:  3 x 3 3/4


Doug did several more pencil preliminaries based on Hef's approved loose-style gag rough and then xeroxed a pencil rough for a color rough to "test" color selections before going to final art.  Unlike most cartoon sequences, Doug decided to redraw the preliminary pencil sequence to focus more on the animals than on Noah's Ark.


After a second color rough, he decided to reduce Noah's Ark even more more and enlarge the animals.


He started a new preliminary pencil rough sequence, focusing primarily on the animals.  The image area is 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 on heavy card stock.


The final pencil rough in the sequence (image area is 4 1/2 x 5 3/4) on heavy tracing vellum.




A  memo from the cartoon department at the New York Playboy office, 730 Fifth Avenue from 2002 to 2009, notifies Doug of publication and adds comments on his finish:  "This is a funny line and the animals are great."


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Playboy Cartoon Pencil Rough Sequence: March 2002

caption:  "I had over 1000 hits last month and I don't even have a website."

Although many comics-cartoon artists typically work with graphics programs, all of Doug's preliminary pencil/color roughs and full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s were done by hand.  

Here's a preliminary pencil rough sequence - all done on heavy tracing vellum - for the March 2002 cartoon published on p. 79.


first preliminary pencil rough blocking out the characters and setting the scene; image area 7 x 9 - notice two Sneyd logos visible.  It's also common to see notes jotted down in the margins:  CTY Sat@10:00


second preliminary pencil rough; image area  7 x 8 3/4


third preliminary pencil rough; image area 7 x 8 3/4 with lounge patrons and TV screens more detailed


fourth preliminary pencil rough with several overlays, which are common in Doug's hand-drawn prelims; image area 6 3/4 x 8 1/2 - notice the man seated at a laptop is now wearing glasses and dressed more casually (no tie or cuff links)


final preliminary pencil rough; image area 7 1/8 x 9 with good detailing for lounge patrons


To see more available Playboy cartoon originals and preliminary pencil/color roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Gag Rough Rejects - Enjoy!

Since the early 1960s, Doug has submitted thousands of loose-style gag roughs to Playboy.  Of course, not all could be selected for final art and ultimate publication in the magazine.  

Enjoy these unpublished Sneyd originals, featuring the humor of some of his talented gag writers.  

The process started with a quick, loose sketch (8 1/2 x 11) to block out the characters and set the scene.  

The final step - before mailing the gag roughs to a cartoon meeting for Hef's review and selection - was to add Doug's signature with the writer's initials under it.  This identification was important:  since Playboy paid the gag writers directly, it allowed the magazine to match initials with mailing addresses and issue the checks to the right people.   






To see some of Doug's favorite unpublished gag roughs, check out Secret Sneyd: The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in April 2017.  The 280-page hardcover book features 250 of his loose-style originals published in 10 chapters: Conversations, Hookers, Just Sex, Fun & Games, Relationships, Once Upon A Time, Inappropriate Behavior, Happy Holidays, Santa Baby and Potpourri.  

It's available through:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon With Preliminaries: March 1996

Doug's 2-column color cartoon was published in the March 1996 (p. 133) issue of Playboy.

caption:  "Well, I'm not a computer system, Harry.  I can't be entered with just a password!"


Hef's approved - "OK color 2 column HMH" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original, on 24 lb 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper


final pencil rough - with image area of 6 x 7 3/4 - on heavy tracing vellum


color rough, xeroxed on 24 lb 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper; Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes to "test" color selections before going to final art.  Note changes in the man and woman's hair color as well as the office artwork.


To see available Playboy cartoon originals, approved loose-style gag rough originals and preliminary pencil/color roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: March 2007

Doug's full-page color cartoon was published in the March 2007 issue on p. 102.

caption:  "No need to ask what killed him."


Hef's approved - "OK color page H" in red pencil - loose-style gag rough original, 8 1/2 x 11 on 24 lb copy paper


preliminary pencil rough - image area 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 on heavy tracing vellum


To see more available Playboy originals, approved loose-style gag rough originals and preliminary pencil/color roughs, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


The March 2007 full-page color cartoon was also reproduced on p. 113 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book, also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's nearly 500 cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s.


March 2007 cover; Doug's cartoon was published on p. 102.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)