Cartoonist, Illustrator, Author and Playwright Patrick McDonnell photographed in his studio for "The Artist Within"

Happy Birthday to Cartoonist/Illustrator Patrick McDonnell! March 17th!

Good Tuesday Morning, if you are reading this, hopefully you are making through this crazy week, keep going!!

Today, sending Happy Birthday wishes out to Cartoonist/ Illustrator Patrick McDonnell, March 17th, that's today!!

Of Course Patrick is an Amazing "cartoonist, author and playwright, he is the creator of the beloved internationally syndicated comic strip MUTTS, which features the characters that star in five of his children's picture books: Just Like Heaven, Hug Time, South, Wag!, and The Gift of Nothing. He is also the creator of Me . . . Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book and a New York Times bestselling picture book biography of Dr. Jane Goodall, and has written and illustrated A Perfectly Messed-Up Story and the award-winning picture book Art. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen, their formerly feral cat, Not Ootie; and their adopted terrier, Amelie"-harper collins.

This is a portrait of Patrick with his lovely "Mutt" Earl in their studio from a few years back, photographed for "The Artist Within" book. Of course back then Earl had final approval on all the "Mutts Strips"

Make sure to check out the "Mutts" website here for the latest adventures:

You can see more portraits from the project here:

And of course both "Artist Within Books" are available on "Sideshow Collectibles" Here:

Art on this post © Patrick McDonnell