Posts Tagged ‘Wheeler Hall’


Thursday, March 30th, 2017

It was seven years ago this month that a nefarious criminal mastermind, whose name, if any dare speak it aloud at all, is whispered in hushed and terrified tones as if one were speaking it in a library, unveiled a website he christened “Ok, PANIC!” Its purpose, as he himself confessed, was to “showcase the talents of his favorite artists in an online collaboration.” Oddly, this modern-day Moriarty, whom I shall call Wheeler Hall for the sake of convenience, invited me to be one of the contributors. One of his conditions was that each artist had to have his own website, a thing I had never considered and had no idea how to even create. Thus, in a remarkable display of generosity and forbearance, Mr. Hall created a site for me, the very site you are looking at now! And for the last seven years everything on this site has been his doing. All I do is send him a drawing with some more-or-less relevant accompanying text. Wheeler does all the rest. He’s quite a guy, despite his repeated attempts to enslave all of London. I would send Wheeler an inked sketch for PANIC! and the majority of the time he would color it electronically. My first submission was in pencil, however. After all these years I still recall Wheeler saying he tried coloring it but, because it was shaded in pencil, the results did not meet his standards. So now, a little belatedly and as a thank-you to Wheeler for these past seven years, I redrew the image in ink, aging the characters seven years naturally, for Mr. Hall to perform his magic. I trust you will enjoy the colorful result.

Mr. Potter aka Sherlock Bones

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hi. This is Mr. Hall. And while Mr. Potter’s words are very kind and I appreciate them very much, he is the true genius. I am a mere dilettante (as you will see from feeble colors on this piece) who he allows to color some of his art. Ok, Panic was a blast, and I’m so glad that I could be a small part of it.

Mr. Hall aka Moriarty

In Sarah’s Woods

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Titian. Van Gogh. Matisse. Wheeler Hall. Immortal and sublime colorists all. And now a new member joins this august company, our own Sarah Potter. This drawing is one in an informal series whereby I attempt a more-or-less complete drawing in two hours or less. Once the bell tolls the piece is dead and I do not touch it. All the mistakes and embarrassments, and there are many, are left undisturbed. I consider this a weak and vapid piece, not at all what I wanted, and was going to inter it away where it would never see the light of day. Then Sarah came by and said she liked it but that it needed butterfly wings and, if I added those, she would like to color it. And thus the piece was resuscitated from the very mouth of the grave. It was too heavily shaded to be colored on directly, so I made a quick outline tracing for Sarah. Her first bit of artistic license was to change the image’s gender, after which she plied her color pencils. Compare the before and after! Being an unbiased and disinterested viewer, I think her work is quite impressive. I’m sure you agree.

Christmas 2013

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Potter family: Jeff, Kathy, and Sarah.

And happy holiday wishes from all the contributors at Potter’s Sketchbook.

(Elf Illustration: Jeff Potter did the pencils; Wheeler Hall slapped down the colors)

Sunday Afternoon Serial #2 – “A Better Comics Shopper” – Part 4

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Sunday Afternoon Serial #2 – “A Better Comics Shopper” – Part 3

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Sunday Afternoon Serial #2: “A Better Comics Shopper” – Part 1

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

This is the first page of a four page story that appeared in Mini-Mouths #3 (see previous post). It appeared in b&w in Mini-Mouths, but will appear in color in four parts here. Join us next week for the second page of “A Better Comics Shopper.”

Mini-Mouths Issue #3

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Hot off the presses, Mini-Mouths #3 made the rounds at S.P.A.C.E. in Columbus, OH, last weekend (April 13-14, 2013). My OK, Panic! pal, Jason Young (pictured above), publishes this zine through his Buyer Beware imprint. Wheeler guest edited this issue. He and I also collaborated on a 4-page comic (coming soon in color to this very Web address) for this issue called “A Better Comics Shopper.” The cover (pictured below) was done by an East Coast artist named Jacob Warrenfeltz. Congratulations, fellas!

The Dowager Countess

Friday, March 8th, 2013

If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you know that characters (especially beloved ones) don’t last long. You also know that it airs on PBS. Public radio and public television stations, such as those affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), produce annual pledge drives that use brief breaks between regular programs to appeal for donations. Of course, National Lampoon appealed to magazine readers to part with their hard-earned funds and buy the January 1973 issue. The humorous cover conceived by Ed Bluestone and photographer Ronald G. Harris would go down in history. (See the original below).

Thus, with all the characters on Downton meeting an early demise and that brilliant cover out there just waiting to be parodied, an idea was born in Wheeler’s head. Mash-up National Lampoon and the PBS pledge drive with a Downton Abbey homage to that most famous of all Lampoon cover gags. He asked me to draw it. I agreed, he colored it, and Violet Crawley would never be viewed the same way again.

The Uncanny Mr. Chaney

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

I was inspired to color two versions of Jeff’s piece. I told Jeff that whichever one he liked best I would post on Panic, and the other one would find a home here on Sketchbook. The one you’ll find on Panic, I tried to make look like a black and white movie still.

While Jeff thought both were “monstrously great,” the “black and white version brings back such sweet childhood memories” that he decided to go with that one for Panic. Now, the alternate version you see here was liked more by Kathy and Sarah Potter, the women who make Jeff howl at the moon when it’s full. While they outvoted him, I decided to vote with him, thus creating a tie. Naturally, I make the posts to Panic, so I called the tie-breaker.

Congratulations Jeff!



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Friday, December 21st, 2012

From everyone at Potter’s Sketchbook to all of our friends and family, may this season give you peace and joy, and may the new year bring you all the goodness your hearts desire.