Q: You charge only $30 for a pencil sketch caricature at your booth at comic con but they start at $150 on your website. What gives? Why can’t I email you a picture and have you do it for $30?
A: I get this one sometimes after I do a convention and people who see me there then email me and ask me to do one of the con prices commissions through the mail, which I will not do. The ones I do at comic cons are my live caricature style quick sketch caricatures like I do at theme parks. I take a little more time on them at the cons since I work from pictures as opposed to having people stand or sit, but essentially they are the same graphite and blending stomp quick draw technique. The studio pencil commissions I do with a crosshatch technique like I do my sketch o’the week with, and I spend a lot more time doing those. Thus the higher price.
The reason I only do the quick sketch ones at comic cons is because there I am set up and committed to the day drawing like that. For commissions by mail I have to put aside studio work I have going and do them. That’s a different dynamic and I won’t do that for the live drawing style or pricing. Plus, I usually turn down most commissions anyway because I have too many deadlines and work on the board.
Also, it’s kind of a unique thing to offer at a con. You can only get one of those types of drawings from me if you come and find me at one of the handful of conventions I do a year… or catch me drawing at one of my theme park operations. Then you can get one in black and white for $10 or so.
Thanks to several people for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!
260 Another great caricature workshop in the books! 2018 workshops planned for LA, Atlanta and Switzerland so far, with more to come. Visit tomrichmond.com/workshops for all the details!
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