Sunday, June 4, 2017

News Cartoons - Art

Doug's single-panel Doug Sneyd news cartoons, distributed by the Toronto Star Syndicate, appeared daily in newspapers throughout North America for nearly 20 years, starting in the mid-1960s.

Some days Doug looked at the news, whether the economy or international politics, through an artist's eyes.



Other times, he viewed life, with humor, as an artist.





(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Brides: Playboy Gag Rough Rejects - Enjoy!






To enjoy 250 of Doug's "very finest, funniest and most clever" previously unpublished gags submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s, order a copy of Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd.  The 272-page hardcover book, published by Dark Horse Books, is available at local bookstores or through:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy June 2000 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Approved Gag Rough

caption:  "No, silly, casual dress day is Thursday.  Friday is casual sex day."


The full-page color cartoon, published on p. 105, was also reproduced on p. 142 in The Art of Doug Sneyd.  The 248-page book, available in both hardcover and softcover editions, was published by Dark Horse Books and features 270 of Doug's Playboy cartoons.

approved gag rough


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




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OCTOKATS CD Cover - Launch Party in Toronto June 24th

Doug's final commission for 2016 was artwork promoting a new CD by the OCTOKATS, a Toronto-based jazz group.  Playboy Swings features the music of Miles Davis, Al Belletto, Lennie Niehaus, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Cannonball Adderley and Paul Desmond.





The OCTOKATS will launch this new CD at the 120 Diner in Toronto on Saturday, June 24 from 9 p.m. to midnight.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th; if you're looking for a great gift, check out Doug's books available at:


Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd features 250 loose-style unpublished gags from the thousands that Doug's submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s.  The 280-page hardcover book was released April 18, 2017.



The Art of Doug Sneyd features 270 of Doug's full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, was published in July 2011 by Dark Horse Books and nominated in 2012 for an Eisner Award in the Best Humor Publication category.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Press 1972 Paperback: Doug's Cartoons

The 128-page Playboy Press 1972 paperback - The Swingers - featured 4 of Doug's full-page color Playboy cartoons.


• (p. 15) "Anyone care to hear a personal plea from the President for us to come back?"

published March 1968, p. 153 and reproduced on p. 180/lower right in The Art of Doug Sneyd - Dark Horse Books, July 2011; the 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s.  

• (p. 77) "My dad thinks I'm jitterbugging at the malt shop."

published April 1971, p. 233 and reproduced on p. 160/upper right in The Art of Doug Sneyd.

(p. 85) "Tremendous technological advancements, these tranquilizer guns - eh, Covington?"

published June 1968, p. 145 and reproduced on p. 180/upper left in The Art of Doug Sneyd.

• (p. 110) "But in the bar you said you wouldn't mind making five big ones."

published January 1970, p. 272 and reproduced on p. 89 in The Art of Doug Sneyd.

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


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Playboy May 2007 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Approved Gag Rough

caption:  "Your Honor, my client would like to throw herself on the mercy of the court.  Individually or in groups of two or more."


approved gag rough


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




(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Photo of Doug in Studio - Published in Secret Sneyd

When people visit Doug in Orillia, they're typically curious to see his studio - on the third floor of his home overlooking Lake Couchiching.  

So, Doug wasn't surprised when his editor - Freddye Miller at Dark Horse Books - asked for a *photo of him in the studio to use with the company's latest hardcover book:  Secret Sneyd:  The Unpublished Cartoons of Doug Sneyd

Friends from Mississauga, Ontario - Neil and Leigh Mechem - were driving up for lunch so I asked them to bring along a camera and take a photo of Doug in the studio - left window overlooks Lake Couchiching.

*Leigh's photo was published on p. 280.

The 280-page hardcover book - released April 18, 2017 - features 250 of Doug's unpublished loose-style unpublished gags, chosen from the thousands submitted to Playboy since the early 1960s. 

It's now available at local bookstores or online at:



Also, if you're a fan of cartoons, comic books or animation, you might enjoy getting a copy of The Artist Within (photographer Greg Preston, Dark Horse Books, 2007).

Over the years, Doug and I have met a number of the artists - and their studios - featured in the book, including Sergio Aragones, Mort Walker, Neal Adams, Stan Sakai, Howard Chaykin, Jim Silke, Mike Mignola, Bill Morrison, Eldon Dedini, Olivia, Frank Cho, etc.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Doug's Home/Studio

This photo of Doug's home/studio was taken lakeside; the third floor is his studio.  Doug primarily works in the far left side; the floor-to-ceiling windows provide wonderful natural light, which he prefers to work with over artificial light, which tends to distort colors.  

(All of his Playboy cartoons - his first was published in the September 1964 issue - have been rendered using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper.)

(Photos of Doug in his Orillia studio are on pp. 242-243 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published in July 2011 by Dark Horse Books.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of his full-page color Playboy cartoons.)

After working in a home/studio in Toronto for a number of years, Doug, his wife Shirley and their four children moved 80 miles north to Orillia in 1969.  The 3-story, 4-bedroom home sits on an 80' x 330' lot with 80' frontage on Lake Couchiching.

The architectural plans were designed by Canadian architect C. Blakeway Miller, a recipient of the Massey Medal for Architecture and the Lumberman's Award. 


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Gag Rough Rejects - Enjoy!






To see more available loose-style gag roughs as well as Playboy originals, preliminary pencil/color roughs and original pin-up art, visit the Doug Sneyd Premium Gallery at:


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy May 2002 Issue: Bill O'Reilly Interview

Over the decades, Playboy has interviewed hundreds of politicians, business leaders, actors, comedians and newsmakers like FOX News anchor Bill O'Reilly. (pp. 59-68, p. 160). 


Doug's full-page color cartoon - caption:  "Guess what, Stephanie.  I just got rear-ended and I had a car accident!" - was published on p. 83 in the May 2002 issue and also reproduced on p. 44 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books.


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

10 x 14 Pin-Up Original

Doug's 10 x 14 pin-up original is rendered on Arches of France cold press watercolor paper using Dr. Ph. Martin's aniline dyes, which he used for all of his full-page color cartoons published in Playboy since the early 1960s.

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



(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy April 1997 Issue: Doug's Cartoon, Approved Gag Rough

caption:  "I wish he'd spend as much time on me as he does on the Internet!"


approved gag rough


The full-page color cartoon, p. 93, was also reproduced on p. 148 in The Art of Doug Sneyd, published by Dark Horse Books.  The 248-page hardcover book, now also available in a softcover edition, features 270 of Doug's Playboy cartoons.


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





(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Playboy Gag Rough Rejects - Enjoy!







(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Income Taxes: Doug Sneyd News Cartoons

As Americans face the April 15th deadline to file U.S. income taxes, I thought I'd share a little of Doug's humor from his popular single-panel news cartoons, which were syndicated for nearly 20 years - starting in the mid-1960s - in newspapers across North America. 


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

Centre Pompidou: Modern Art, Lunch at Georges

Although Doug and I have been to Paris a number of times since our first trip in 2005, we never visited the Centre Pompidou, opened in February 1977 and now housing the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.

On this recent trip, we decided to see some of the permanent collection and tour the building, striking for its glass and steel architecture, escalator running through a suspended glass tube and colored pipes - blue for air conditioning, green for water, red for passageways and yellow for electrical lines.  

Friends back in Orillia also told us about the wonderful view of the Paris skyline from Level 6/Restaurant Georges. 

We got an early start one morning; it was a short bus ride from our apartment in St. Germain des Pres. 


There was no need to ask directions -within minutes, we saw the unique "inside-out" architecture of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.




Spacious Level 0 museum shops, information desk and cafe.




View from Level 5 of the entrance piazza we crossed earlier and the Paris skyline.




Doug and I recognized a number of works in the "historic" collection on Level 5:

Matisse


La Corbusier


Kandinsky


Kupka


Picasso


During the summer tourist season, it would be impossible to walk in and hope to be seated at Georges; Doug and I, however, asked if a window table was available.


Not a problem - we followed the hostess and were seated 3 tables from the corner.



(central restaurant seating)


(window tables, main aisle from the entrance)


Yes, I was delighted with our table and the view!


Doug's soup.


My salad.


Doug's chicken.


My omelette.

Despite my limited French, the waiters were friendly.


It was also fun meeting the chef - could he possibly have thought I was a food critic from the U.S.???


(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)