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    Most of these drawings were originally done as pencil sketches on plain white paper. The finished drawings were scanned into the computer, enhanced with colors and so forth using programs like Paint and Paintbrush, and then up-loaded to the internet. Run the cursor over the various pictures to see comments loaded as alternate text. By the way, there are over 230 images on this page; so don't be surprised if it takes a few minutes to load all the images.


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    Group 1 (My Most Recent Drawings) / Group 2 / Group 3 / Group 4 / Group 5

    Group I

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    The lines in this drawing were done with a #2 pencil; the colors were added using the Paintbrush program. One of my many cartoons in hinir of the semi-colon. The lines in this drawing were done with a #2 pencil; the colors were added using the Paintbrush program. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done with a #2 pencil and coloring added from the painting tool in the Paintbrush program. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. The lines and the hair color are #2 pencil; the colors come from the brush tool in Paintbrush. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. The lines and the hair color are #2 pencil; the colors come from the brush tool in Paintbrush. The lines and the hair color are #2 pencil; the colors come from the brush tool in Paintbrush. The lines and the hair color are #2 pencil; the colors come from the brush tool in Paintbrush. This is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This also is a drawing done 100% with a #2 pencil. This also is a drawing done with a #2 pencil. . .except for the gold earrings.  I used the painting brush from Paintbrush to color those. This is supposed to be a St. Bernard. Mistero as philosopher. This entirely done with a #2 pencil. This is based on a drawing by Dick Gautier. Here is an image of a cartoonist. Here is a Saint Patrick's Day image. Translation: An elephant wearing sunglasses. I have no idea why I drew this in such garish colors. This is an example of the Bruce Blitz style of cartooning. This cartoon reminds me of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. This drawing illustrates a couple of conventions used when making animal cartoons.  Notice that the cat's paw has become a human hand. . .almost.  Real human hands have more than four fingers! This drawing is 100% pencil.  I used an ordinary #2 pencil and a yellow colored pencil. See the silly sea serpent! Mister Cool at seven years old.

    It usually takes about five to ten minutes to draw a cartoon in pencil.

    It can take up to an hour to add color.

    It only takes about 20 seconds to upload a cartoon to the website you are currently viewing.


    The cross-eyed look on this drawing is a conventional way of indicating eccentricity or mental illness. It is far harder to draw female figures than it is to draw male figures.  Females require a far more delicate approach to drawing. Although I added the grey background with my Paintbrush Program, everything else in the drawing was done with an ordinary #2 pencil. This style of drawing is based on ideas from a British book, The Cartoonist's Bible: How To Draw Almost Anything.  The cartoonist's name is Terry Simpson. This style is based on retro style as described by American cartoonist Christopher Hart and includes my own little trick of drawing on cheap paper from scribble pads. Sailor Boy is ready to go on leave. Is that a damn raven on my bust of Athena? Duh!  It's not a raven, said the Dodo. A blue background makes the figure stand out. Also a violet background. So does a red background. And so does a yellow background. Mushroom-shaped eyelids make a picture look interesting. Notice that when you draw a baby the face occupies a much smaller portion of the skull. And just who do you think is going to make me use the objective case for the relative pronoun in this sentence? Sailor Boy eventually left the Navy and became an English major. Better to reign in Hell, or is that there's never enough rain in Hell? I drew this guitar picture (and the next one) for Tucker White. Tucker asked for a quick sketch of a logo for a band.  The band is called the Acousticats.
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    Group 2

    A graduate assistant trying to convince his students that English 101 will be fun. A bemused old dude. Exaggerate the mouth and then the rest looks small. She's in love.


    Note: for every drawing displayed on this website, there are two or three others that turned out too poorly to keep.


    Lately the world seems like a rather bewildering place.  What the hell is going on? This old boy thought the South would rise again.  Well, it did, but he doesn't really like the way things are going in the New South. How cheerleaders raise money to go on trips. In my youth I played a tuba, but these days I am strictly an accordion guy. Stop your crying, kid. You ain't really seen any problems yet. Simple line drawing of a simpleton. Mistero in retro. The world's most dangerous four-year-old. My fourth-grade teacher taught us to draw this politically incorrect Native American.  It was my first attempt at drawing a cartoon. This old guy was a rag-time guy. And here he is whaling the tar out of an old upright piano.


    An old guy with a hairy chest. 
This demented monster would like you to attend his own special Halloween party.


    For non-football fans: Alabama was once upon a time coached by Bear Bryant.  About half the rednecks in Alabama worship the old Bear; the other half are Auburn fans.


    I made this crane by cartoonizing a photo of a crane.


    Obviously this cat finds my cartoon world a strange and confusing place.


    You may want to argue with this silverback gorilla, but I've got to warn you.  He has a very, very bad temper.


    Does anyone still remember Liberace?  The pianist with the fancy candelabra and a brother named George who played the violin? Another simple line drawing. . .with big sweat drops to indicate how upset this character is. A guy in a cheap suit. This the generic picture of your boss! Yeah, I'm an accordionist all right!  I watch the Lawrence Welk re-runs any time I can. A simple pencil sketch of a bald-headed guy. He's probably the head-waiter in a really snotty, high-priced restaurant.
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    Group 3

    This drawing is based on an art student I saw at school one day.  He was concentrating so hard that he had gotten himself into a twinkly-toed stance.  I'll mention no names, but this guy is openly gay and proud of it. This kitty looks like he would really be delighted to let the air out of someone with his stilletto of a claw.  Notice how clear the lines are.  I think this is technically one of my best drawings. This picture was drawn using the tools in the Paint Program.  It is a free-hand piece using the mouse to drive the tools in Paint. Simple line drawing with #2 pencil; lines highlighted with Pilot P2 gel pen with fine point. Don't you just hate the days you feel this way? The background of this picture gets its color from the cheap paper from a scribble pad.  The edges are fuzzed up using the blending tool. I got this basic character from a children's book about the ministry of Jesus.  I never saw a red-headed Jesus before.

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    Group 4

    This drawing is based on some gnomes and elves in an illustrated edition of Lord of the Rings.  I started exaggerating the ears and just couldn't stop myself. A simple line drawing with a #2 pencil. Try to draw a mirror image by hand and you will spend many frustrating hours.  Use a program like Paintbrush and flip the picture horizontally. . .Ah! C'est mon secret!

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    Group 5

    This is an image of a trivia addict. For some reason this drawing reminds me of Jacob's friend, Christian Holt.  Check out actual photos of Christian at http://members.tripod.com/~mistero/personalphotos.html or check the photo below this image.



    The yellow guy walking along sadly is one of my cartoons that excited some praise.  He is modelled on a character drawn by Bruce Blitz. For some reason I like this cartoon a lot.  It is more or less modelled after the cartoon style of Christopher Hart. This is my rendering of a jolly priest who appeared one night in a dream.  Perhaps he is there to chide me for my careless attitude toward the Catholic Church.  I especially liked the padre's red glasses.