Tom's Mad Blog

Sunday Mailbag- Developing a Style?

October 16th, 2016 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: My question probably has a different answer for each individual but I’d like to know your thoughts about developing a unique style. I spend a lot of time looking at different styles and techniques of caricature both traditional and digital. I have become a lot better at the caricature process but still find my work not looking very unique. Maybe you can share your thoughts on how your style developed? A: An artist’s “style” is a surprisingly difficult thing to define. It’s easy to see and identify, but not so easy to pigeonhole into where it comes from and how it’s developed, because as… READ MORE

London Workshop is on!

October 14th, 2016 | Posted in News

I have gotten more than enough response to move ahead with plans for the London Caricature Workshop! It will be a little different than the ones I have done here, only being on Saturday and Sunday but with slightly extended hours. Here are the basic details: Dates: Dec 3 & 4, 2016 Location: Heathrow Hotel Bath Road, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex Times: 10am-8pm Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday Room rates: TBD but right now going for £73/night online, and our rate should be less The Workshop includes: Limit of 12 students Goodie bag with signed copy of my book & Sketchbook, mini-prints, etc Class t-shirt with caricatures… READ MORE

London Workshop??

October 13th, 2016 | Posted in News

The Lovely Anna and I are headed to London UK next month just for fun, and circumstances have recently changed (more on that later) that makes it possible to spend an extra couple of days beyond our original return date. So, I thought, how about doing one of my caricature workshops? I have tentative arrangements with a hotel right by Heathrow, and would stage the workshop over two days: Saturday Dec 3rd from 10-8 and Sunday Dec 4th from 9-5. The itinerary would be similar to my January Orlando workshop. My question is: are there 12 people out there who would sign up for this?… READ MORE

Review: New Wacom Mobilestudio Pro

October 13th, 2016 | Posted in It's All Geek to Me!

Last week Wednesday Wacom unveiled their new MobileStudio Pro device at an event at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. I was one of a handful of artists who were there as part of the event, and who had been sent one of the new devices to test drive beforehand. Now that the MobileStudio Pro has been announced, I can share my review of the unit. I had the 13 inch version with the I7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. I have been using the Cintiq Companion 2 for some time now, and while I liked that device just fine (see my… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Shannon Purser!

October 12th, 2016 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Better late than never… this week’s SotW is a continuation of our “Stranger Things” studies. It’s Barb herself… Shannon Purser! READ MORE

One more NYCC MAD Sketch Cover!

October 11th, 2016 | Posted in General


Back from NYCC!

October 11th, 2016 | Posted in General

Whew, that is a very busy show. Thanks to all who stopped by and said hello! I am now paying the price of being out of the studio for almost a full week so I have no time to blog right now… but here is a smattering of some of the commissions I did at the show this year: READ MORE

Orlando Workshop Sold Out!

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in News

My caricature workshop in Orlando is officially sold out. However, like I did here in Minnesota, if I get enough people who express and interest in wanting to attend I will try and book the same hotel for either the weekend before or after and do a second one. That would either be the weekend of January 13th-15th or the 27th-29th, both are a Friday through Sunday. If anyone is interested please Email Me and let me know. I’m just gauging interest at this point, so you won’t be held to any commitment. READ MORE


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