Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Here's part of a new project that I've been working on. Classic Media is putting together new volumes of THE UNDERDOG SHOW on DVD. I believe the first volume is due out sometime this Summer. Tony Knight, Classic Media's Creative Director, asked me to do art of the "segment" characters that were part of THE UNDERDOG SHOW. The art will be used on DVD packaging. These characters were created and produced by Total Television Productions. I'm posting the pencil roughs for COMMANDER McBRAGG, KLONDIKE KAT and TOOTER TURTLE. I also did roughs for SAVOIR FARE, KING LEONARDO & ODIE, THE HUNTER and the UNDERDOG villain, OVERCAT. I'll post the finished inked art of all of these characters when I'm done later this week. E-mail me at powsley@flash.net .

Thursday, January 25, 2007


Here's a couple of SYLVESTER & TWEETY pieces. I did the top piece of TWEETY with markers, colored pencils, brush & ink on coquille board. It's based on the Bob Clampett version of TWEETY. The black and white piece of SYLVESTER & TWEETY was done for LOONEY TUNES licensing at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. I inked the pencil art (by Mike Fontanelli) with brush, pen & ink on duralene. Be sure to click each image for a larger view. E-mail me at powsley@flash.net .

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Here's a TOP CAT piece that I did this past week. "T.C." is 8" x 10"...markers, colored pencils, brush, pen & ink with cel vinyl paint on coquille board. This pose of TOP CAT is based on one that was used in a TOP CAT anti-piracy style guide for Hanna-Barbera licensing. Click on the image to enlarge. E-mail me at powsley@flash.net .

Friday, January 19, 2007


This is an 18" x 24" piece of the HANNA-BARBERA "animal" characters from 1958 through 1966. I needed to photocopy my original art in sections due to the large size of the art. For scanning, I had to piece the reduced sections together. In the two "detail" scans, you can see the lines from where the photocopies were cut. Some of the art in the upper right hand corner area was cut off during copying. This was fun to do. I think I covered all of the HANNA-BARBERA "animal" characters from RUFF & REDDY to PRECIOUS PUPP. I hand-lettered my favorite HANNA-BARBERA logo at the bottom of the piece. Be sure to click each image to enlarge. You can e-mail your comments about my blog to me at powsley@flash.net .

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I want to wish my Dad, JIM OWSLEY, a very happy 72nd birthday today! This photo is from a family portrait that was taken in 1966. Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!

Monday, January 15, 2007


I'm a big fan of the 1960s HANNA-BARBERA TV cartoon version of LAUREL & HARDY. I also love the H-B cartoons of ABBOTT & COSTELLO. Check my November 1, 2006 posting for an image of the TV cartoon BUD & LOU! Here's a recent piece of the TV cartoon STAN LAUREL and OLIVER HARDY. Perhaps someday we'll see official remastered DVD releases of the LAUREL & HARDY and ABBOTT & COSTELLO TV cartoons. Click on STAN & OLLIE to enlarge!

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Here's ASTRO from Hanna-Barbera's THE JETSONS. I did this piece just for fun with colored pencils on a black matte board. Keep your thoughts and comments about my blog coming! You can e-mail me at powsley@flash.net .

Saturday, January 13, 2007


I recently found out that the complete DVD collection of THE MR. MAGOO SHOW is now available! This 4-disc set, from Classic Media and Sony Wonder, features 130 MAGOO cartoons...that's 26 full shows. It's the 1960s TV classic! This DVD set was to be released in February of 2005, but its release was cancelled. Besides getting into a bidding war on Ebay, the only place I know of to get this DVD set is from the Classic Media on-line store. Order it here --
I did the above MR. MAGOO image as a supplement for Classic Media's current MAGOO style guide. Order your MR. MAGOO DVD set today!

Friday, January 12, 2007


Here's a couple of licensing pieces of Hanna-Barbera's PETER POTAMUS. I inked both of these images for the current PETER POTAMUS and SO-SO style guide. The color image was pencilled by Mark Christiansen, while the black and white art was pencilled by Iwao Takamoto. Click on each image to enlarge!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


The other day, I mentioned that I would post the two WACKY RACES character illustrations that I did for Brian Mariotti's book on classic HANNA-BARBERA merchandise. Brian is President of FUNKO. Here's PROFESSOR PAT PENDING and RUFUS RUFFCUT. Check my October 2006 archive for the DICK DASTARDLY and PETER PERFECT book illustrations. I believe the late, great Iwao Takamoto designed these characters for the HANNA-BARBERA Saturday morning TV show. E-mail your thoughts and comments about my blog to me at powsley@flash.net .

Monday, January 08, 2007

IWAO TAKAMOTO - 1925-2007

Legendary HANNA-BARBERA Production Designer IWAO TAKAMOTO passed away today at the age of 81. Iwao was best known for designing SCOOBY-DOO, SHAGGY and the rest of the gang. He was also very instrumental with designing many of the classic HANNA-BARBERA characters of the mid-1960s. I had the great privilege to work with Iwao on the current JETSONS style guide. Iwao pencilled all of the JETSONS character art and I had the wonderful task of inking his pencil art. I also had the great pleasure of visiting Iwao in his HANNA-BARBERA office. He graciously showed me many of his sensational HANNA-BARBERA production drawings. It was also interesting to listen to his thoughts about SCOOBY-DOO licensing. Iwao was an incredible talent.

The above blue pencil drawing of SCOOBY holding SHAGGY was drawn by Iwao. I inked the drawing, which is also shown above, for SCOOBY-DOO licensing at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. I'm also posting a photocopy of a TOP CAT "cast" drawing that Iwao did. I asked Iwao to sign the photocopy for me that day I visited him. Thanks, Iwao!

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Back in October, I posted many portrait-style illustrations of various classic HANNA-BARBERA characters. The illustrations were to be included in a book on classic HANNA-BARBERA merchandise by Brian Mariotti, the President of FUNKO. Brian informs me that my illustrations are not going to be included in the book. Warner Bros., who approved the book's content, didn't want the illustrations included due to the fact that the illustrations were not licensed by Warner Bros. It's too bad...the illustrations only promote their characters, plus I'm sure the fans of classic HANNA-BARBERA would have had fun seeing the art in the book. On a good note, Brian told me that he was able to have Joe Barbera write the book's foreword earlier this year. Mr. Barbera passed away last month. Despite WB's omissions, I'm sure we all are looking forward to seeing this book on classic HANNA-BARBERA merchandise!

Here's the illustrations of MR. SLATE (from THE FLINTSTONES) and MR. SPACELY (from THE JETSONS) that I did for Brian's book. As you know, MR. SLATE was FRED FLINTSTONE's boss and MR. SPACELY was GEORGE JETSON's employer. I've got a couple of WACKY RACES character illustrations that I did for the book. I'll post those soon. Hope you enjoy seeing these! Click on each image to enlarge. Keep your comments about my blog coming...e-mail me at powsley@flash.net . Thanks! - Patrick Owsley


Here's more licensing art that I inked for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. It's FOGHORN LEGHORN and the BARNYARD DOG. The blue pencil art is by Mike Fontanelli. I inked Mike's pencil art with a #3 Winsor & Newton Series 7 brush on duralene, which was placed directly over a photocopy of the pencil art.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Here's more examples of the licensing art that I inked at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. It's YOGI BEAR with his pals BOO BOO, CINDY BEAR and RANGER SMITH...and TOUCHE TURTLE. Again, I've posted the pencil art with the finished inked art so you can see the "before and after" process. YOGI & PALS and TOUCHE were inked with a Winsor & Newton Series 7 #3 brush. The pencil art for both pieces was done by Mark Christiansen. It was a great pleasure inking Mark's Hanna-Barbera character pencil art! Let me know what you think of my blog...you can e-mail me at powsley@flash.net . Click on each image for a larger view.

Monday, January 01, 2007

HAPPY 2007!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Leslie and I began our new year celebration by having a wonderful dinner at YAMATO, a Japanese restaurant in Encino, CA. We then returned home and continued to celebrate New Year's Eve with our good friends, Lauren and Paul DiCocco. Here's a MR. MAGOO piece that I did as a supplement to Classic Media's current MR. MAGOO style guide. Have a great 2007!! -- Patrick Owsley