Clint Eastwood Digital Painting

July 13th, 2011 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

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I’m cheating this week and posting this digital painting instead of a “Sketch o’the Week”. A few people saw this as part of my The Mad Art of Caricature book cover and asked about it. I did it specifically for the book cover, based on an earlier SoTW. It’s your basic Photoshop job.


  1. *Damn* that’s good, wow.

  2. Gabriel Yeo says:

    hi Tom,
    Awesome artwork!
    You rendered over your pencil sketch layer, right? It’s different from your regular Mad mag artwork where you outline them in black first.

    • Tom says:

      Yes, this is my more “painted” technique. It’s impossible to completely eliminate my linear drawing style from the equation, but I try to avoid line work and concentrate on values and color. The result is not really a painting in the true sense, but it does have the benefit of having a unique look… I’m not trying to be another realistic caricature painter clone.

  3. Jason says:

    You’re a true pro. I love it!

  4. Bruce Quast says:

    This is looks really great! Do you cover your Photoshop painting technique in your caricature book?

    • Tom says:

      Thanks! No, the focus of the book is drawing caricatures and applications of the art in published illustration in general and MAD in particular.


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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