Throughout my career as an illustrator and graphic designer I have also drawn many cartoons. Cartoons had always interested me and as a young kid I always intended to become a comic book artist. My high school teacher, Margaret Stein, however, steered me into the commercial and fine art fields.
These two cartoons were done for Penthouse magazine. During this period, my wife and I were seriously contemplating moving to Paris, France and I was trying to come up with ways to earn a living over there and started sending cartoons to various publications. I also began writing "How to" books for Watson Guptill Publications. If I remember correctly, I wrote seven or eight books for them.
I sold three or four cartoons to Penthouse, but after I moved to Paris I didn't have much luck with my submissions. Luckily I connected with a couple of major French advertising agencies and was kept quite busy doing illustrations, storyboards and ad comps. I'll be posting a lot of the work that I did over there in future posts.
I don't recall what this Tarzan piece was done for, perhaps it was just a sample for my portfolio.
A sketch of crazy chefs done with a Pentel Sign Pen on layout paper.
A pen drawing done for a newspaper ad for Channel 9 TV in Windsor, Ontario. This is just one of the many advertising cartoon assignments that I have done. This type of assignment is a nice break from the hard-boiled automotive illustrations that I was involved with at the time.