On The Drawing Board

December 14th, 2007 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Lots of projects at lots of stages right now but as always nothing to show until things get into print. In the meantime here’s the latest workplace poster.

I often manipulate relative sizes of people or objects for either composition purposes or effect with these poster illustrations, and here is a prime example. I made the lady “winning” the race much bigger than her co-workers because I wanted to force the perspective a bit without having to draw those others too far in the background. That was because the humor of the piece rests in the actions and expressions of those other characters. Here’s the pencils, inks and final color of that job:



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  1. pmcmicheal says:

    Tom…did your client specifically request that the winner be, not only a woman but an ethnic looking one at that? This kind of thing really bothers me these days…it has become unspeakable to show a White Man winning ANYTHING!!! It has become sooooo predictable and I often wonder, does this approach REALLY help anyone? I’m surprised she is not in a wheel chair also!
    Don’t get me wrong…I love your work and you are probably exactly what they asked of you!

  2. Tom says:

    Yes, with these workplace posters it is always stressed that they want diversity in “race, age and gender” with respect to the people involved. It’s also often specified as to which age, race be gender certain specific characters be depicted as. In this case they asked for the “winner” to be a younger Asian female. They also don’t want me to make any of the charcters too exaggerated in type, like a woman too hot or someone super fat or thin or similar. The idea is to represent everyone.


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