Sunday, February 4, 2018

11 x 17 Pin Up Original

Doug's pin up originals, as well as his full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s, are rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

To see available 10 x 14 and 11 x 17 pin up originals, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon with Preliminaries: February 2008

Doug's full-page color cartoon, published in the February 2008 (p. 91) issue of Playboy, was also reproduced on p. 111 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's full-page color cartoons.

caption:  "I already have a husband.  I'm just looking for someone who wants to be my valentine."



Doug's loose-style gag rough (8 1/2 x 11 on standard copy paper) approved by Hef:  "OK H" in red pencil


Early pencil prelims (approximately 7 x 9 on light tracing paper) typically follow the blocking out of characters and setting of the scene done in the loose-style gag rough.

The following sequence of pencil prelims shows, however, how much revision Doug did before going to final art.





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




cover of the February 2008 issue of Playboy


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon with Preliminaries: February 1999

Doug's full-page color cartoon was published in the February 1999, p. 92, issue of Playboy and later reproduce on p. 34 in The Art of Doug Sneyd - released in July 2011 by Dark Horse Books.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's Playboy originals.

caption:  "I realize that money can't buy love.  I was hoping to lease with an option to buy."


Approved loose-style gag rough - "OK color H" in red pencil.


Typically Doug's early hand-drawn pencil preliminaries (for this cartoon original, pencil prelims were approximately 7 x 9 on heavy tracing vellum) followed the approved loose-style gag rough's  blocking out of characters and setting the scene.


Throughout the preliminary process, Doug makes changes:  for example, notice the man's facial expression and gestures, holding a glass, smoking a cigar as well as adding people in the background, a jewelry gift box on the table, etc.


The final pencil prelim, notice the addition of the Sneyd signature.


For a color rough, Doug typically xeroxes (on 8 1/2 x 11 standard paper) the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes.  In this instance, however, he did a second color rough to consider changing the girl's red dress and shoes, no doubt done to celebrate Valentine's Day, to a sophisticated *LBD.

*The Little Black Dress goes back to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou; however, it became a true classic when Audrey Hepburn wore a LBD by Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).



Doug's first full-page color cartoon appeared in the September 1964 issue, p. 205; over the years he's had nearly 500 published.  All have been rendered using *Arches of France cold press art board and Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.

board size is 14 5/8 x 19 3/8 - artwork size is approximately 13 1/2 x 17 1/4

*Arches has been granted "Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) status by the French government in recognition of high quality paper making since 1492 in the Vosges region of France.  Famous French names such as Hermes, Cristalleries Saint-Louis, Baccarat, Chanel, De Buyer and Garner Thiebaut have also earned LHC status.


After publication, the Cartoon Dept. sent this memo to Doug.


Cover of the February 1999 issue.


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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: January-February 2012

caption:  "What do you mean, 'while I'm down there'?"


preliminary pencil rough on tracing paper


hand-drawn color rough (8 3/8 x 11 on Arches of France 140 lb cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes) - Doug's color roughs "test" color selections before going to final art.

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


Monday, January 1, 2018

Playboy Cartoon: January 1996

Doug's full-page color cartoon was published in the January 1996, p. 194, issue of Playboy.

caption:  "Wait a minute!  Didn't I break my New Year's resolutions with you last year?"


Before going to final art, Doug typically xeroxes (on 8 1/2 x 11 standard copy paper) a final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough.   You may find it interesting to see changes, especially for the man's hat/clothing and the couple's hair color, between the color rough and the published cartoon.


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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Cartoon: January 2000

Doug's full-page color cartoon was published in the January 2000, p. 205, issue of Playboy.

caption:  "Save room for me."

All of Doug's Playboy cartoons have been rendered on Arches of France cold press art board using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes.



After Hef approves a loose-style gag rough, Doug does a number of preliminary pencil roughs; this final pencil rough is 7 x 9 on heavy tracing vellum.


Before going to final art, Doug typically xeroxes the final pencil rough and then applies aniline dyes for the color rough.  You may find it interesting to look for changes between the color rough and the published cartoon.


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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Donation to Library and Archives Canada Collections

After a lengthy review and appraisal process, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), formerly the National Archives of Canada, recently notified Doug that it has accepted his donation of 6 full-page color cartoons published in Playboy.

In addition to nearly 250 of Doug's book and magazine illustrations and syndicated news-editorial cartoons, there are now 36 of his Playboy full-page color cartoons (with accompanying preliminary pencil and color roughs) in the LAC Preservation Centre in Gatineau, which is about 7 miles away from the Ottawa headquarters.  Previous Playboy donations were 12 in 1997, 12 in 1999 and 6 in 2007/2008.

The recent donation includes:

• "What I really want to do is direct." 

July 2002, p. 77, Playboy - also reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 126

• "Well, your singing was off-key, but I really like the big finish."

January 2004, p. 141 Playboy - also reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 215

• "I knew you had an Extreme Makeover, but my God, Harold!"

February 2005, p. 114 Playboy - also reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 122


• "I've had it up to here with him.  Not that I'm complaining."

September 2007, p. 103 Playboy

•  "It was a lovely wedding.  Shirley caught the bouquet and I caught the best man."

July 2008, p. 91 Playboy

• "It looks like another hit for the Food Channel."

May 2010, p. 43 Playboy - also reproduced in The Art of Doug Sneyd, p. 122

The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books in July 2011, is a 248-page hardcover book featuring 270 of Doug's full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s.  It was also a 2012 Eisner Award nominee in the Best Humor Publication category.

The hardcover, as well as a softcover edition, can be purchased at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)