Monday MADness!- The Sopranos!

October 7th, 2013 | Posted in Monday MADness

Usually I don’t scan my final pencils in prior to inking, so most of the “pencils” I post here are actually the pencil roughs for a given job. The roguhs are what I would send to MAD for their review, but the final pencils would be the drawing I do on the actual boards, over which i ink and then erase the underlying pencils. This, however, is an example of the final pencils on a piece I did for MAD #422, October 2002 called “A Mad Peek Behind the Scenes on the Set of The Sopranos“. Fllowing are the inks and then the final color piece. This was also, I believe, the only piece I ever did for MAD written by the very funny John Caldwell

Final Pencil. Clicky to embiggen…

Finished Inks. Clicky to embiggen…

Finished art. Clicky to embiggen…


  1. N Gomes says:

    Awesome! i’m assuming the pencil part might have taken the longest vis a vis inking and coloring. Can you remember how many days the whole assignment might have taken from start to finish. And do you use ruler(i mean physical ruler) sometimes for drawing straight lines.

  2. N Gomes says:

    Awesome! Did you draw all these figures on a single sheet of paper or assembled it digitally. Can you remember how much the whole assignment would have taken from start to finish, and do you ever use ruler( i mean physical scale) to draw straight lines or say a compass etc.

    • Tom says:

      I never draw the figures or caricatures separately and assemble them… that leads to an inorganic look to the piece.

  3. Frank Pryor says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask you about how and at what point during a project do you normally send your roughs to Mad for approval. And since your originals are ‘twice-size’ how do you scan your work? Just curious.

    • N Gomes says:

      Hi Frank, actually in one of his earlier posts Tom has explained that he scans a sheet bigger than the scanner, in parts, and then assembles it digitally. He probably has a very big scanner as well. Tho’ he could throw more light on it now or provide link to that earlier post. Tho’ my question was more about drawing different figures differently,on different sheets etc considering it to be so chock-o-block, and it can get very challenging to maintain right perspectives with so many figues but if each is drwan seperately one can adjust digitally etc

    • Tom says:

      I’ll combine yours and Nice’s questions for this Sunday’s mailbag. Thanks!


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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