On the Drawing Board- 8/25/08

August 25th, 2008 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

After finally putting to bed several ongoing projects last week and this weekend, the only thing currently on the board is a pretty big MAD job, which is more than enough for the next two weeks.

Just for something to look at, here is my latest “workplace poster” job- pencils, inks and final color:

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
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In the initial pencils there was a lot going on. The client wanted four servers in tuxedos, race/gender specific serving Thanksgiving dinner to a family of turkey farmers. The catch is, of course, they are serving anything but turkey. I needed to show it was: A.) Thanksgiving. B.) A family of turkey farmers (race neutral) happy with their dinner. C.) something obviously NOT turkey they were getting served.

My solutions were to add a cornucopia with a “Happy Thanksgiving” message in it (I briefly thought of a wall calendar with the date circled and marked, but thought that too convoluted), a picture window showing a barn with a “Turkey Farm” sign on it and some gag turkeys looking in and a platter of seafood being presented to a happy family.

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
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The client decided four servers was too many, so I eliminated two and changed their positions to balance the scene. They also wanted more cartoonish, exaggerated faces of glee and anticipation, hence the wide, googly eyes on the family.

Artwork ©2008 Tom Richmond
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The final colored piece. They like the bright, colorful look. These posters are 17″ x 17″, so they really stand out on the walls in a busy workplace environment.


  1. SteveH says:

    Tom, excellent composition here, way to go Batman!


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