On the Drawing Board: 5/2/13

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in On the Drawing Board


Here’s what cooking on the drawing board this week:

  • MAD Project– A very interesting project for an upcoming book. I can’t give away much, but it’s being written by someone who is famous in the movie biz and will be an original part of a MAD collection book due out this fall.
  • Promotional magazine cover/poster image– Repeat client I did an NBA cover image for last year.
  • Workplace poster– My usual monthly assignment.
  • MAD #522– I am supposed to have something in this issue but haven’t been assigned it yet.

Kind of quiet on the freelance front right now, although with the Reubens coming up this month that’s probably a good thing. I am currently in Massachusetts training new artists for my operation at Six Flags New England. May is by far the worst month for me as far as available time for anything.

Just for fun, above is last month’s workplace poster job final. I actually did two of those last month (I sometimes do extra ones for them). Below is the pencil rough for the above one, plus the roughs and final for the second. As always clicky any image to embiggen.

no_tent rough

Pencil rough for first poster job…

staff pics rough

Initial pencil for second poster. Interesting premise… they wanted a hospital staff shown exhausted at the end of a shift, being asked to look happy and fresh for pictures. The masks were their idea.

staff pics v2

That one didn’t really work too well. I thought the masks were kind of creepy, espeically showing someone with one on. Instead I proposed we have them being handed out but no one actually wearing one. They wanted more exaggerated exhaustion as well. As you can see I did the revised roughs digitally.

staff pics

Final image. I suggested we lose the actual photographer and replace with a box of “Happy Masks”. The whole thing is still a weird concept…


  1. Hi Tom. Scott Hamilton here. How long are you in Massachusetts? I’d love to come to see you and maybe make a dinner with you and your group if you’re still doing that. Anyway, let me know here or Facebook or you can email me at toons@hamiltoons.com. All the best!

    • Tom says:

      I leave late Friday. Short trip. Maybe next time.

      • Hi Tom! Nice to have you back in town! A little different weather than back in MN I’m guessing. Enjoy all six flags and have a safe trip back home. thanks for keeping up with the blog while you’re out and about!

      • Feed me says:

        If Tom’s not coming, can I have his food? I’m so hungry.

  2. dave nelson says:

    I’m loving these! The masks were a cute idea and you really made it work.

  3. Art says:

    I saw in MAD #521 that issue #522 won’t be out until July 23, three months after the previous issue. I’m wondering if the later release has anything to do with no assignment information yet (not to mention the paranoia it brings down on the avid MAD fan).

    • Tom says:

      That’s about the right time for the next issue. 521 came out April 23rd I think. Every two months..,

  4. Great work ! I like the silhouettes of the man in white and the one in green in version 2. They look stiffer on the final drawing.
    Thank you so much for sharing. We learn a lot with your site and book.


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