On the Drawing Board- 3/1/16

March 1st, 2016 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Little LeagersI know I say I am busy a lot but I have to tell you I may never have had as much work due as quickly as it needs to be done on the board at one time as I have right now:

  • GQ Magazine Illustration– Actually I put this to bed late last week, April Issue
  • MAD Parody– a NINE PAGE movie parody for MAD #539. That matches the longest I’ve ever done, which was “Harry Plodder and the Lamest of Sequels” back in 2002. Starting the inks today.
  • Another piece for MAD 539– Last second assignment. Super secret.
  • Web series animation character design– Ongoing thing, did some work on it last month, but needs attention again soon
  • Z-People Comic– Made some major progress on this in February but it needs to be done very soon. Once I’m done with this MAD job it will be all zombies, all the time, until it’s finished…. except of course for:
  • Poster Illustration for National Cartoonists Society Foundation charity event– Only 20 caricatures of cartoonists and their characters… due yesterday (not really but that’s code for “really soon”).
  • Marlin Poster– My usual monthly assignment. I actually finished my February job for them yesterday. Saved by an extra day in the month!!!

Whew. I’m not leaving the studio much these days. Lots of late nights. No TV… I gave up trying to avoid Walking Dead spoilers. Speaking of Marlin posters above is the one that they’ll be using this month that I did back in January. Pencil rough below:

Little Leagers sketch


  1. Bill Beard says:

    Amazing work, Tom!

  2. Jed Davies says:

    Could you tell us how you did the wire in the fencing?

    • Jack Myhervold says:

      Tom may have a different source, but I saw some examples of possible use when I go to – google images, and type in something like- chain link fence graphic, where they have different samples of fence with white behind it, or some are more copyright protected and might cost a little to get. Maybe there is another way, but that’s what I came across, if there was ever an artistic need for it.

    • Tom Richmond says:

      What I did was draw one “diamond” shape of the chain link. Then I scanned it at opened in Photoshop, placing the lines only on their own layer. I colored that diamond, and then started duplicating it until I had one full vertical length of chain, all colored in. Then I started duplicating that until I had a full wall of chain link. I had to touch up a few places here and there. Then I saved it and can use it anytime I need chain link for some part of an illustration. Using Transform>Distort I can crate any kind of perspective I want with angled fence sections.


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