Sketch O’The Week

August 29th, 2007 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week


Here’s something a little different for “Sketch O’The Week”. This was a rough sketch for one of several spot illustrations to accompany a story in Fade In Magazine about Hollywood talent agents. The assignment was to do a full page and three spots illustrating some of the points interviewed insiders were making about agents and how they operate. This one was rejected as they didn’t understand what I was trying to convey… the idea was to visually demonstrate how agents like to throw money around driving expensive cars, etc. Of course, a BMW Z-3 is hardly a super car, but I like drawing that car. Anyway, since it got discarded I thought it wouldn’t be a problem to post it here.

This is a good example of how much work I typically put into the rough sketches of an illustration job. Not a lot of shading or tight drawing. I don’t bother to erase a lot of my rough shape lines, just a little general clean up. I don’t want to waste my time rendering anything at this stage. The more I’ve worked with a client, the more familiar we are with each other’s expectations and the looser I can be with sketches… some of my MAD sketches are no more than circles for heads sometimes.


  1. cedricstudio says:

    Nice job. I really like that guy’s face. Good car drawing, too.

  2. Mark Hill says:

    You touch on an interesting subject…determining how much detail to put into sketches. A new client usually needs (and certainly deserves) a tight sketch with plenty of discussion along the way. A regular client who is familiar with your work and process is often able to see where you’re going with much less. Another reason why one must treat clients very well…repeat business is a wonderful time-saver.


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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