On the Drawing Board

September 7th, 2007 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

I’ve been very busy as usual the last two or three weeks… here’s some of what I’ve been working on:

MAD– Finished a 3 pager on Tuesday for issue #483. As always I can’t share any images but next week I’ll be able to post some peeks at the job I did for issue #482. By the way, MAD #482 will be a pretty unique issue thanks to their approach to the features “MAD’s look at the 50 Worst things in Advertising”. More on that next week.

Magazine Feature Illustrations– For Fade In Magazine, an entertainment industry publication I’ve done occasional work for. This should be on the stands by now, so here’s some of the art including a full page illustration and some accompanying spots for an article on Hollywood agents:

Preliminary Pencil sketch

Final illustration


Workplace Poster- Yep, another one. Here’s the pencil rough:


Misc- Personal commission, company web site branding images and one long, ongoing nightmare of a job that may finally be coming to a close.

Never a dull moment.


  1. Joe Bluhm says:

    Wow- Excellent illustration. The man in the small cubicle, the car sketch… superb.

  2. cedricstudio says:

    Nice work Tom. What technique did you use to get the texture on the Hollywood Hills in the background of the Fade In illo? Looks great.

  3. Tom says:

    I cheated there and used a photo of the actual hill. Using the clone stamp tool I painted the texture to cover the entire area, then ran it through some noise, brush stroke and blur filters to make it less photo-like, then manipulated the levels and opacity to create a hazy, atmospheric perspective look. I’m glad you think it looks great but I really disliked the results. It is too jarringly different from the rest of the image and is distracting, IMO.

  4. If you didn’t say it was for Fade In Magazine, I’d guess the guy in the cubicle was for MAD Magazine, seeing all those patches on the desk.


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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