Sketchbook Update: Bluegrass Banjo Pig

Bluegrass Banjo Pig

Illustrator Stacy Curtis, the co-creator of Dueling Banjo Pigs, is recovering from a stroke. Artists from all over the internet have been posting banjo pig sketches to his Facebook page along with well wishes. This was my contribution. Get well soon Stacy!

This Little Piggy Stayed Home…


I received a letter from a man in Germany who collects autographs and sketches from cartoonists around the world. In broken English he politely asked if I might someday have time to send him an autographed sketch. He also asked that it be of a pig, since his wife likes to collect little pig knick knacks.

Normally I don’t make a habit of doing free sketches for strangers. But this guy was extremely polite, and he wrote all the way from Germany. He even sent a self-addressed envelope and a dollar bill (American) to cover the return postage. How could I refuse?

It took me a while to get around to it, but when I did this little doodle came out of my pencil. I hope he likes it. I mailed him the original, but first I scanned it in and then later splashed in some color.

It also got me thinking, it might be fun to do a series of illustrations based on the children’s rhyme, “This little piggie went to market…”. Maybe some day when I have some free time I’ll illustrate a story about ’em. Wee! Wee! Wee!