Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Yaksmas to everybody

This is a short that I did with a song that Jim Gomez and I wrote for a Ren and Stimpy X-mas album. I should have posted it sooner but it just occured to me.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Just a note to all the nice people who have been checking out my stuff. I'm going to be offline for a while as I am traveling. I will try to post something new in the near future. Keep drawing and never give up!

Friday, October 26, 2007


This is a 2 page illustration I did for Pete Fredrich which he published in his comic magazine Pure Entertainment. An oldie but a goodie! Special thanks to my old pal Randy Hoppe for the JPG.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Drawing tips

I got a post from Michael where he showed me some funny drawings he did of Ren and Stimpy.
I thought I might put my answer to him up here thinking that it might be helpful to you other nice folks

Construct your drawings from the ground up. Think about the big shapes and the expression. What is the point of the drawing? What story point are you trying to convey? Think about the thrust of the action, the shape dynamics between the characters. Also keep in mind that the characters will have to animate. This meanss you must plan your staging around the broadest poses. Draw the entire figure standing on the ground keeping in mind their center of gravity, the force of the action/expression and how it relates/effects the other character. Don't scratch at the lines, use quick confident strokes and draw with your whole arm not just your fingers.

Here is the pencil holding theory. If you draw like you write then you are using the dozens of small muscles in your hand which are pushing and pulling on the pencil while you try to draw a circle or shape. Experiment with different ways to hold your pencil. Think of it as a wand.

Don't get too caught up in the details of the wrinkles etc. It's good to know how to do these but thats just skin and you need to work on the bones. A good exercise is to come up with a short story. Like Ren comes home and finds Stimpy doing something he shouldn't. (use your own characters if you can) Ren loses it and reacts. Stimpy gets a happy beating. Do thumbnails first to work out the gags, expressions/poses etc. I know that's a lot but if you want to try it I think it would help.

Don't fall in love with any drawing ever. if it looks bad to you (listen to the small voice) then draw it over. Don't trace it or you will repeat the same mistakes. It's like playing the piano. It's all about practice not about putting on a concert.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Drawing theories

Here are some sketches I did a while back with the idea of doing a book of character design theories. It never happened so here they are anyhoo.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another project with Larry Hama

Here are a few of my designs for a project that Larry Hama and I are putting together for a feature.

Monday, September 17, 2007


I'm starting a new blog. This is a taste of what I'm posting.
Check it out!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jarden De Luxembourg

I took this photo with my phone. I only wish I had a real camera. Very surreal, No?

Kid Komet and Galaxy Gal

Here ia a concept that Jim Gomez and I created just after Ren and Stimpy, like ten minutes after. We almost got a pilot made of this one. I still have the storyboard by Stephen DeStefano and it's f'n great!. This drawing is by Stephen and the horrid colors are by me.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


This is a splash page from a movie parody I did for Crazy magazine. The Sushi chef in the foreground is Larry Hama, the editor of the magazine and the guy with the round sunglasses above Harrison Ford's head is Bobby London creator of Dirty Duck.

Amusement park designs

A couple of different styles of happy tourist families

Monday, September 10, 2007


Believe it or not I have a great series concept for this guy. I posted this because I know nobody would ever buy it because... well because. But I have it all written down and it's great!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Tommy Boy Records

Here are some small JPGs I got off the web of album covers I did back in the old school days for Newcleus and Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force. The Afrika Bambaataa lettering was done by Pete Friedrich and the Newcleus logos were done by Pat (Redding) Scanlon. Sorry about the poor quality of the Newcleus JPG's.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Nam

These are covers I did for "THE NAM" for Marvel comics back in the late 80's. Copyright Marvel Comics. When I moved to NYC in the early eighties I was dead broke and hadn't really established a style so I picked up work wherever I could which meant I had to adapt to many styles and formats. I owe most of what I know about comic book drawing and storytelling to Larry Hama. I also owe much to a great cartoonist who discovered me, brought me to the city, made me his assistant and taught me much about funny drawing and color for print,
Gary Hallgren

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pegboard logo

I did this logo for the cartoonist union newsletter. I wanted to make letters that looked like cartoon characters, that were funny and almost impossible to read. I think I got the impossible to read part for sure..

Ren and Stimpy character

This lil' guy I designed is Brainchild, the Genius on an anuscycle who inflates Stimpy so Ren can go in and save Stimpy's Brain. He was voiced by the great Bill Mumy form Babylon 5, Lost in Space and Twilight zone.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Here is a character design I did for a project that Joe Orrantia and I created. Her name is Goldie Titwillow.

More from Personal Film Project (See Aug 18th)

I thought I'd add some more material of the film project from an earlier post that I created with Larry Hama. Here are some character designs.

This is a color mock-up of one of the designs for the heroine.

In this storyboard sequence, the heroine has to visit a witch that lives in the swamp.