Tom's Mad Blog

New Workshops: London UK and a second in Atlanta!

November 17th, 2017 | Posted in News

I’ve added a second Atlanta area workshop and one in London, England to the list of 2018 dates! The second Atlanta workshop takes place Feb 23rd-25th, the weekend following the original Atlanta dates. I already have half the class booked through the waiting list from the first workshop, so if you want in on this one don’t wait too long. Since I’m already going to be in Europe for the workshop in Switzerland, I’ve added another in London. The dates for this one are Aug 14th-16th, which is a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as opposed to a weekend. August is peak wedding season in the… READ MORE

Justice Served

November 16th, 2017 | Posted in News

Glenn sharing his great ISCA illustration of the MAD guest speakers in 2009: L to R: Me, Mark Fredrickson, Glenn, Sam Viviano, Hermann Mejia Two years ago this New Years Day, a talented, kind, and hard working caricaturist artist named Glenn Ferguson was attacked by a disgruntled co-worker named Freddie Torres, and brutally stabbed in the head with a pair of scissors at their workplace in Universal Studios Orlando. Glenn was lucky to survive, and was left with severe impairment in speech, motor skills, eyesight and other issues including PTSD. Torres was arrested onsite and has been in jail since that day. Yesterday ended the… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Angus Young!

November 15th, 2017 | Posted in Classic Rock Sketch Series

This week’s sketch is of one of my favorite rockers from when I was a kid… the ageless Angus Young from AC/DC! As always, the original is available in the Studio Store. READ MORE

Latest for SI Kids

November 14th, 2017 | Posted in Freelancing

Clicky to Embiggen Here’s a look at my annual Thanksgiving illustration for Sports Illustrated Kids. The final image has captions/word balloons explaining the gags for the various athletes… but if you want to read those you’ll just have to go out and buy the November issue of SI Kids! READ MORE

Monday MADness: Samantha Who?

November 13th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a rare look at a splash page I did for a MAD parody from roughs through final pencils, inks, and color. The published final is above. It’s rare because I very seldom scan my final pencils in before inking them, so I have few examples of the pencil stage. This is a parody of the short lived TV show “Samantha Who?” as written by Dick DeBartolo and appeared in MAD #489, May 2008. Clicky to embiggen. Pencil Roughs Final Pencils Inks Final Color   READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Portrait or Caricature?

November 12th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Is it more difficult to draw ‘realism’ and general portraits, than to draw caricatures? Initially I thought it would be easier to draw caricatures as I have seen street artists draw caricatures quite quickly and they look great but seeing yours it looks quite difficult. With a normal portrait you just draw what you are looking at but with caricatures you have to sort of make it up yourself, larger forehead, larger chin etc then working out with exaggeration goes with each individual. A: I think it’s equally difficult to draw a truly excellent caricature and an excellent realistic portrait, but from a technical… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Helena Bonham Carter!

November 8th, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

This is an old one I used in the book… the spookily fetching Helena Bonham Carter. READ MORE

From The Freelance Files: Corporate Caricatures

November 7th, 2017 | Posted in Freelancing

While I don’t have time to do many personal commission outside of the comic-cons I work, I do sometimes do caricatures for corporate clients for executives that might be retiring or being honored in some way. What’s the difference between a personal caricature and one done for corporate client?Two things actually. One is that the subject is generally unaware of the project and I am not subjected to being art directed by the person whom the drawing depicts, and therefore avoid any complications brought on by vanity or unrealistic self-image. The second reason is plain and simple… money. I am comfortable charging corporate clients the… READ MORE


Just added dates for Atlanta and London, spots still available in Dallas and Toronto!

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