Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2009 | Posted in General

©2008 Tom Richmond

Here’s wishing health and happiness to all for 2009.

I did this little doodle as an experiment with a new technique I am working on. It involves using colored lines as opposed to traditional black inked lines for a digitally colored piece. It’s hardly a new concept, but I have only attempted it a few times and in different ways with mixed results. The above was done by inking the drawing in the traditonal way and then scanning as always, but then replacing the black ink color with other colors. It produces a slightly more painted and softer look.


  1. cedricstudio says:

    I really like the colored line look on this one. Really softens it up while still retaining a light, cartoony feel. And I think painting in the shadows (the ones that would normally be spot blacks) helps give it a richer, almost painterly look without all the work of a doing a full painting.

    Fun sketch too, by the way.

  2. yondaime_kazekage says:

    this year, i just hope i can buy a copy of “complete idiot guide on ‘how to caricature” from you. there are some restless people like me who just cant wait to get a copy. yup, cant help it, i keep on waiting for your caricature tutorial each day.

  3. SullySplatter says:

    I like how you keep the line black in certain spots – under the nose, underside of the arm top of the eyelid, etc – to make sure the weight is being distributed properly. It gives the drawing a good balance between the softening effects of coloring the line and the grounding effects of that heavier black.


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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