On the Drawing Board

March 28th, 2008 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Still unbelievably swamped with work and deadlines…. I’ve got several jobs “in the can” as they say (meaning done) and several more with deadlines either creeping up, looming or trying to kick my ass right now. I just finished this one the other day for the workplace poster company and can share it right away as the client doesn’t mind me doing so:

Click for a closer look…

It may look like I cheated and used a photo background, but I actually cheated and used the fully painted background I did for a piece I did for MAD a few years ago called “Rejected Characters from Pixar’s CARS“. I really dislike the use of photo images within a cartoon illustration like this… it creates a disjointed and disconnected feel. Even more painterly stuff looks a little out of place when there are no lines to bind it in. In this case though it isn’t working too badly and the subdued color and minimal contrast in values reads as “atmospheric perspective”… I hope. I painted the rest in about 3 hours to make the deadline.

Monday I will be able to post the illustration I did for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, as it will be in the paper on Sunday as the cover of a special pull out section on the baseball opener. The other jobs I’ve been sweating will have to wait for varying lengths of time before I can post them.

Back to the drawin’ board!


  1. Trevour says:

    Looks great Tom! The background works really well with the characters, like a traditional cartoon cel over painted background.

    And I’ll have to make sure to pick up the Sunday edition of the Strib!

  2. SteveH says:

    I really like this piece Tom, the background is awesome and has such a ‘real’ feel of the desert…. I could almost be there!

  3. kmcnutt says:

    I’m a big fan of atmospheric perspective. Thanks for the heads-up on the baseball pull-out. (I’m always excited about the beginning of the season, despite my cynical feelings about much of the sport.) I might actually start buying the paper again were you a regular contributor. If you’re able to share, how were they to work with?


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