Weekly Newspaper Spot

February 9th, 2009 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

©2009 Tom Richmond

Here is this week’s column spot illustration for “The Independent“. I am told this feature will have a total of eight of these caricatures. This is number seven. This has been a fun little project because these illustrations are done quickly and loosely, without a lot of overthinking.


  1. Steve Hearn says:

    Fantastic illustration Tom! Would be interesting to hear how you put the white ‘splash’ lines together on the background?

    • Tom says:

      Very simple. I used the airbrush tool to create the gray graded burst and then the line tool to draw lines emanating from a center point out to the white of the surrounding area. I did not bother to make the lines symmetrical or evenly spaced… it’s just a quick and easy dynamic background effect to go with the “action” pose.

  2. cybergoulion says:

    This could be a snowman killer!

  3. Great spot Tom! And thanks for answering my question yesterday. It helps a lot!

  4. Mike Newsome says:

    Enjoy the body idea here, Tom
    I will have to remember this.
    Your twits are nice to follow…


  5. Meesimo says:

    Nice one!
    Enjoying this series quite a bit.


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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