You Take Requests? For What Exactly?

Here's how it works...You give me five bucks, you tell me what to draw, and I draw it. I'll email you the image and then I'll post it here for everyone to see (I offer no guarantees on quality). Everyone wins!

Three things you can't request--Hardcore porn. The materials/media used. Your money back.

I will reject money for any logo requests (personal or corporate), so please don't send them. I have friends that are graphic designers, and that is their job--I'm just a cartoonist.

This is for fun and funds, so the quality of the drawing will depend based on my interest in the subject matter, the approach I decide to take, and available materials. Please don't cheat the system, by asking me to draw 100 different likenesses in one drawing for $5. I'll probably just send your money back. All requests will be posted on the site as I get to them (please keep in mind that I do have a full-time job). Due to shipping costs, I will only mail out the original art to folks who have made more than two requests. Please keep in mind that due to the size of the scanner, some of the pieces are folded or trimmed. I retain the full rights to any of the art I create, but if you want to use it for something, just ask me.

John Gholson

Monday, August 31, 2009

"Twiki, from Buck Rogers. BOWLING"

This groovy request comes from Paul Alvarado-Dykstra, one of the fine folks making things happen for Texas filmmakers at the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. I was a big Twiki fan when I was a kid. Even though recently revisiting Buck Rogers in the 25th Century on DVD didn't exactly turn me into a diehard, life-long fan, it did confirm that the show was more entertaining than the original Battlestar Galactica. Little person in a robot boy costume > little person in a robot dog costume. Thanks, Paul!

"Hunter S. Thompson"

Here's a drawing of writer Hunter S. Thompson for Jay Rawson. I don't know if this is of interest, but this is another piece where I laid Sharpie to paper, with no pencil work to outline the drawing ahead of time. If I messed up, the drawing was finished--doomed to the waste basket for a second attempt. I feel I did all right here, and I like the finished version quite a bit. Thanks, Jay!

"The Statue of Liberty setting fire to Mothra"

Mothra was very fun to draw. I don't really have anything to add to this cool request from George Hickman. Thanks, George!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"a logo for our gaming (WoW) guild"

Tabitha Parker is a sweeeeetheart. This is a pretty basic drawing, but grapically, I think it gets your attention, which means it works. Tabi was very accomodating to my "NO LOGOS" rule, offering to change her request, but I decided to go ahead and do it (mainly as an excuse to draw some "Kirby Crackle"). Thanks, Tabi!

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Harry Potter, rave dancing"

OMG WIZARD RAVE! This request comes from Noah Lee, and it feels like an in-joke that I am not in on. Thanks, Noah!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Al Gore beating polar bear with a bat titled 'Global Warming'"

Sometimes you simply get whatcha pay for. This marks the first political cartoon I've been requested to draw (by Brian Gordon). Thanks, Brian!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Night Update

Here's the queue, in order. I've left off my brother, Chris, because I can do his in person, and Debbie Cerda's request re-do, which I will get to when the volume of requests is at a comfortable place again...

1. Brian Gordon
2. Noah Lee
3. George Hickman
4. Tiffany Sullivan
5. Jay Rawson
6. Paul Alvarado-Dykstra
7. Jen Blair
8. Mick Tomlinson
9. Patrick Holland
10. Amy Cone

11. LAZK Enterprises
12. LAZK Enterprises
13. LAZK Enterprises
14. George Takenami
15. Jacob Hall
16. Greg Goodsell
17. Tim Capper
18. Sam Buys
19. Gillian Ashurst
20. Brandi Ferguson

21. Brian Saur
22. Brian Saur
23. Nicholas Anderson
24. Michael McCutchen
25. James Colunga
26. Richard Peacock
27. Brian Knowles
28. Dawn Lambright**
29. Dawn Lambright**
30. Rachelle Swaim

31. Tara Tomlinson
32. Tara Tomlinson
33. Catherine Couturier
34. Catherine Couturier
35. Tamara Cao
36. Matthew Lisowski
37. Truman Jensen
38. Gillian Ashurst
39. Matthew Corley
40. Amanda Yates**

(I'm turning the request button back on once I reach this point...)

41. Amanda Yates**
42. Caldweane Mandal
43. Justin Kovar
44. Justin Kovar
45. Matthew Bey
46. Danna Scott
47. Danna Scott
48. Jeremy Riegel
49. Rod Paddock

**For some reason, your payment came through with no request info attached. Please send me an email telling me what you want me to draw (

" Cookie Monster Doing the Here's Johnny Bit from The Shining"

This request comes from Noah Lee. I could draw Muppets all day. Thanks, Noah!

"an owl who lives in a colorful and magical happy place"

I can think of no place more colorful and magical than your local Department of Motor Vehicles. This request comes from Rachel Cerkovnik, intended to liven up her cubicle. Interesting note about this drawing--this is the first one I've done for the site which was straight ink to paper, without me laying down any kind of rough pencil work beforehand. This is how I usually draw, when I'm drawing for my own pleasure, and I think there's a vitality to my art this way, because it leaves absolutely no margin for error. The downside is that I throw away 75% of my drawings due to mess-ups. Thanks, Rachel!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"Iron Man and Wolverine in a brother-like pose"

Here's Angela Maldonado's request: "Pic represents my brothers' favorite comic characters. One passed away and comics was something they both loved, so the pose, in a way, represents them." I chose to do the 90's versions of these characters for Angela, whose work you can hear on NPR's Latino USA. Thanks, Angela!

Vulcan Pin-Up Girl

This is the "first" request from Elizabeth Novo, as I got her two Vulcan girl requests mixed up with each other. Here's T'Pring, looking sexy, ready for some Pon Farr lovin'. Thanks, Elizabeth!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"the Fourth Doctor, as a fox"

Charles Cowan requested the "Fourth Doctor". I hope Tom Baker's Dr. Who is what he wanted and not a character from Chicago Hope. If so...whoops. Thanks, Charles!

Monday, August 10, 2009

"A dragon with a job in a office building/cubicle"

I considered a couple of approaches for this request from Max Crandall, and I chose the one that amused me the most. If this weren't a $5 drawing, and were more of an illustration piece, it'd be great to see the entire office looking in on the "new guy". As it is, it works as a sort-of one panel comic strip. Fun request...Thanks, Max!

Monday, August 3, 2009

"Kuhn Dawg Brewing"

Debbie Cerda wrote this note: "Kuhn Dawg is one nick, but you'll see at that he always calls his brewing "ExtraDiveNanoBrew". Two passions: Diving and brewing beer. They don't mix but they can take turns. Dive until you can't any longer, then you can dive into a pint of beer. Think of it as diving's 19th hole." I'm no good with golf metaphors, but I mixed Poseidon with diving and beer-drinking, and I like the end result. I hope Ed and Debbie like it too. Thanks, Debbie!


So, this was a request for Texas WATER WOMEN Network. See what I did there? I MESSED IT UP. And, no, I didn't save the .psd file, so I can't edit it. I have to do a complete re-do. Anyway, Debbie Cerda will get a revised version, and I'll post that when I get to it, but I'm going to forge ahead for a little bit on other requests for now, lest I pull my hair out.

Sunday Night Update

The request button is being disabled again because I fell behind this week, wholly due to my art supplies vanishing. The good news is I have my supplies again (I did two drawings tonight--I'll post them soon), so I should get back to a comfortable place fairly quickly, but I can't guarantee a date when the request button will be turned back on. You can check back here on the site, follow me on twitter, or join the Facebook page to be alerted as to when it will be turned back on.

Basically, once I feel like I'm caught up (20 drawings or so), I'll be ready to take requests again, so look out.

(And thank you.)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday Morning Update

My art supplies may be missing. I've been carting them around with me for the past couple of weeks in a brown paper bag, and I haven't had them since last Sunday. I thought they were at a friend's place, and they may have been, but we still can't find them. It's extremely frustrating.

The only real way I can express my regret is with this YouTube video of the song "It's Too Late to Apologize" (the gun-clicking sound is especially classy) set to melodramatic images from Japanese yaoi manga.

"Austin Womens Beer League"

Might I direct your attention here, the website behind Debbie Cerda's request. Thanks, Debbie!