On the Drawing Board

March 5th, 2012 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

A few things going and upcoming right now:

  • MAD Parody– Movie for issue #515. Deadline rushing headlong at me and it’s angry.
  • Graphic Novel Cover– Not sure how to classify this, but it’s a fun job that the publisher wants me to do just the inked art for, and a colorist will be painting. This will be the first time since my comic book days another artist has colored my work. Should be interesting.
  • Company Logo Design– I usually refuse to do logo work because I hate working with type, and it’s not really my forte anyway, but this one was a rare instance that I thought the concept fit me style. Plus, it’s for a brand of beer.
  • Marlin Co. Workplace Poster– My usual monthly assignment.

There are a few other things coming down the pipe, but these are all in progress or imminent. Here’s a couple of jobs I did recently that I can share now:

Workplace poster:

Pencil Rough- Clicky to Embiggen

Sharp-eyed readers may recognize the caricature in this pencil rough as the one I used to cheat on my “sketch o’the Week” a few weeks back. Occasionally this client throws in a caricature of somebody as part of the message. This one was about how not every suggestion from an employee needs to be “genius”, often the best ones are just simple and creative.

Final Art- Clicky to Embiggen

Pencil Rough- Clicky to Embiggen

In this spot illustration I was asked to do a side-by-side of two portraits of the same woman, one looking frustrated without looking really angry, and the other looking demure and slightly embarrassed. They specifically asked for the viking attire.

Final Art- Clicky to Embiggen

After review they decided the viking portrait is all they really needed, so we axed the other and I widened the portrait to accommodate the aspect ration they wanted. If you click the image to see the larger version, you might be able to see I added a canvas texture to the portrait . . . a cheap PhotoShop trick but appropriate in this instance.


  1. Chip says:

    Great work Tom ! Hope the beer co. you’re doing the logo for sends you free cases with your logo on them ! lol !
    On the bottom art-when drawing the eyes in a angry expression like you do..do you worry about the eyes/subject looking cross eyed? That was my initial take on Viking Woman was she looked cross eyed. Good luck with your deadlines !

    • Tom says:

      No, I don’t see it that way. Cross-eyed people have eyes looking at one another. These are still looking forward… moving the eyes inward like that creates a vacant and introverted look like they are lost in their own thoughts. At least that’s what it looks like to me.

  2. Calvin says:

    Cool! I can’t wait to see the graphic novel cover and the movie parody.

  3. Rick Wright says:

    Hey Tom, I like the added canvas textured, looks great. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Gonzalo says:

    Hi Tom! I am a cartoonist from Argentina, I love your style since I was a kid. I bought your book and I’m happy waiting for coming to my house. I always look your fabulous blog and I follow your teachings and advice. Would like to know if you can explain how is your process to get a good scan of pencil and ink in photoshop before coloring the drawing. I really appreciate your help in both situations (ink and pencil). All the best! Thank you very much.


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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