On the Drawing Board

February 23rd, 2007 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Lots of projects on the board right now but many are of the kind I cannot show sketches or finals of until publication.

Workplace Poster– Another one of these jobs… this one is a fun one showing a frazzled woman running for her sanity from family and a co-worker all wanting her attention orhelp. I have to remember to add her lost shoe behind her…


Revisions for Nader Museum Job– These are finally being reviewed. I had to alter the composition of one panel and change the private detective from being “too thugish” in several others. Here’s an image of the “before” and one with the inserted revised pencil sketch. I also was told to lay off the monochromatic purple in this panel, so I roughed in some other tints while still trying to keep the feel of being in shadow. This is just one of several revisions for the job. Of course the pencil looks rough in place… the inked version will look much more like it belongs.



MAD Kids– Not one but two jobs for the next production issue. Both are different kinds of projects for me, and it will be fun to see how they turn out. I’ll make sure I save a few stages as images so when it’s on the stands I can post them here.

National Cartoonist Society– Once again I am doing artwork of the Reuben Weekend speakers used on the T-shirt and various other items. This year’s speakers are Jerry Van Amerongen, Mort Walker, Bud Grace and Sam Gross.

Don’t be surprised if the Dreaded Deadline Demon shows his ugly mug around here once or twice in the next several days.


  1. locoduck says:

    Do you just trace it over with a light box, and then copy paste it on top? I always hate doing revisions, especially in color. I liked the first one, and didn’t see it as too thugish.

  2. Tom says:

    I put the finals on a lightbox and rough in the area to be revised. Then I work that up in pencil. I scan the pencils and place them over the finals. Then I erase the areas of the scan that I don’t need and try and blend the new elements with the old a little. In this case I also created another layer for the color adjustments.

    Yes, the tough guy P.I. was more fun and menacing, but the client did not want that look so it is what it is.

  3. kmcnutt says:

    Understanding client wants and leaving that aside, I too really dig the look of the first one – he’s got the gritty determined look of those PIs from the 40’s – very cool. That being said, the revision does seem less menacing and a little less of “waiting for an opportunity to pop a cap in ya”. I like the way he seems to be pleased with what he’s learning in the second one. Is that Mattew Fox from “Lost” going to his car?

  4. Tom says:

    No, That’s a young Ralph Nader.

  5. SteveH says:

    The workplace sketch is very cool Tom and you have REALLY captured the energy of everyone chasing that guy down the street, yet more inspiration to all of us who admire and respect your work.

  6. kmcnutt says:

    Oop – whups. Probably would’ve helped if I had the ability to retain what I read. I blame my apparent lack of coffee at the time… sorry!


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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