Sketch o’the Week

July 9th, 2008 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Artwork ??á©2008 Tom Richmond

This week’s sketch is of “The King”, rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. I’ve always found Elvis kind of a hard subject, I think mainly because I have this mental image of what he looks like and it doesn’t really match up with his actual features. If anyone wants some inspiration drawing Elvis, check out the blog of fellow Minnesota caricaturist Zack Wallenfang. He has been doing something really fun for the last several months that he calls “Elvis of the Day”. Each day he does a different drawing of Elvis. He’s up to 177 so far, but I see he’s fallen off the wagon in actually posting them every day, and does it instead in bunches. Great idea, though. He’ll have to publish a book, “365 Days of Elvis” followed by a lawsuit from Graceland.


  1. z_wallenfang says:

    Hey, thanks for the plug! I’ll be up to #191 today (hard to believe the year is already half over), but yeah, I’ve gotten a tad lazy about posting them.

    This is pretty great, and yes, he is kind of hard. He’s so iconic, and sure, he has the crooked smile and the defined hair and the heavy eyes. Sometimes I can zip through him, and other times I really struggle, no matter how many times I’ve draw him. I think a lot of the challenge is in his nose. It’s not too short, but it’s not very long either, and especially tricky when trying to capture his trademark sneer. And he has such an expressive face. Sometimes he looks like an intense dreamy panty magnet, and other times he has such a goony smile that he looks like he just got done huffing gasoline in his garage!


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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