The Pen is Afoot!

February 7th, 2008 | Posted in General

Back some time ago I blogged about an interesting project I had doing an image of Sherlock Holmes for One Voice Recordings and it’s awesome voice artist David Ian Davies to use as “album art” for a collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s complete Holmes canon audiobooks on I subsequently wrote about how David’s son Dana, who produces resin pens and other items done by wonderfully talented sculptors and hand painted and distributes them for sale all over the world, wanted to produce a pen from the image.

The other day I received the final product and it’s very well done indeed. It’s not easy to take a two dimensional image and make it three dimensional, especially when you have to work within the parameters of producing a functional pen and the rigors of casting.

Here’s the original image I did-

And here are some photos I took of the pen (they aren’t the best… sorry)-




Looks great and I think you can still see my artwork in there. A few years ago I did some caricatures for a company that was trying to market sculpted plastic mugs with famous athletes on them as a bobblehead type promotion and once produced they looked very little like my original drawings (and very little like the athletes as well).

I will post a link when I find out when and where they may be available to purchase.

I am currently working up sketches for two full lines of cartoon/caricature pens for the company, and will possibly be traveling to China at some point to work with the sculptors and casters directly. That will be an interesting trip.


  1. SteveH says:

    Wonderful! I want one of those pens! I sometimes work gigs in Baker Street and the surrounding area of London and I have even worked a gig in the Sherlock Holmes Hotel! It’s elementary my dear Tom! Hehehehe…

  2. Those pens look awesome! Very detailed. The sculptor did a magnificent job of capturing your art.


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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