Anatomy of a Single-Panel Cartoon

Single-panel cartoons (AKA gag cartoons, AKA New Yorker cartoons) have plot, settings, characters, suspense, drama – really! It’s all there. How is this possible? It’s just some squiggles and a limited amount of words – if any at all. Let’s take a look at how these magical little one-frame movies do it: TIME A cartoon […]

The Time My Cartoon Sneaked Into The Smithsonian…

…Astrophysical Observatory’s traveling exhibit on black holes In 2009, The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, also called the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, which are all Very Big Words of Science and Fabulousness, contacted me to license this cartoon: It was for a traveling exhibit called Black Holes: Space Warps and Time Twists that went all over the […]

Drawing Critters

How to get the anatomy right even when you’re being weird A while back, I went on a thing of drawing mechanical creatures. One of them was a grasshopper. Even though I made it out of clockwork and things, I wanted the physical characteristics to be correct. If I’d drawn this from memory, I would’ve […]

2022: New Year, Old Glamour

In which I am up drawing late at night again, and this happened. It made me think about how much we’ve lost our equilibrium in these times, shutting down, opening up, shutting down again – and how much it feels like we’re running at that football of normalcy only to have it pulled away and […]