On The Drawing Board- 7/17/08

July 17th, 2008 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Oddly quiet on the freelance front right now, with just a few projects in the works… one that I can share at this time.

  • Gaming Website Images- On the final images for this job right now… it’s been a long road. One multiple layered/partially animated gaming environment, game play objects and element, sixteen different player avatars in multiple poses. Hopefully this game will go online soon and I can see it all in action.
  • Workplace poster- my usual assignment
  • Super Capers- wrapping up the 14 ‘turnaround’ character images.
  • School Library Journal- This was a last second job with a tight deadline that I recently completed, and that the client has told me I can share here. It’s a straight forward full page vignette image to accompany a story on how today’s science fiction books/films are very different from those of the genre’s early days. The client also wanted to work “Wall-E” in there as a representation of modern Sci-Fi. Here is a succession of images from the project:

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
Two initial thumbnail concepts… one a full page and one a “cross gutter”
type layout. Often a magazine job needs to be placed within an already
set layout, but in this case they allowed me flexibility in that regard.

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
They liked the cross gutter layout, but wanted to swap some of the
characters around and leave room for a spread style headline…

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
Final pencil. The girl on the right looks awkwardly separated but the page gutter
runs between her and “Eve”, so that dead space is necessary.

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
Final image. It will bleed off to the left, so there is some extra
“bookcase” there to accommodate. Click image for a closer look.

…Great client to work for. It’s becoming more and more rare to find magazines that make extensive use of illustration and use it very well. The art director for School Library Journal send me several samples of some illustrated artciles they’ve done recently that had some terrific art in them from the likes of Drew Friedman and Fred Harper, among many others.


  1. mengblom says:

    I’m actually a bit surprised SLJ was allowed to use Disney/Pixar’s WALL‚Äö√Ѭ¢E characters for the spread. How did they wrangle that deal?

  2. Tom says:

    I am sure for the same reason pictures of Wall-E can be used in newspapers or magazines in articles concerning summer movies or other pertinent feature articles without Disney/Pixar permission… that falls squarely into the “fair use” exception to copyright law. This is an article in a national publication about the science fiction of today versus of yesterday. Wall-E is certainly representational of today’s popular science fiction, ergo his depiction in a feature article concerning the genre is fair use.


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