On the Drawing Board- 3/3/09

March 3rd, 2009 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

I’m playing catch up already this week, despite my working on and finishing a full page magazine illustration while I was at WonderCon over the weekend. Here’s what’s cooking on the drawing board this week:

  • Library Journal Magazine– Cover illustration due late next week concerning library budgets and how tight they are becoming.
  • MAD Not one but two jobs for MAD on the board. One is a two pager I did the roughs for last week but that got bumped to issue #501, so that deadline is a long way off now. Now I am one of seven illustrators doing spots for a Frank Jacobs song parody for the next issue. I am excited about this one, small as it is, just because of the company I am being included with. Mort Drucker is doing the intro piece, and the other 5 artists besides myself include some legends that have not been in MAD for a while, in some cases for decades. It’s going to be a great article for #500.
  • NCS Rueben Awards Art- My annual contribution to the NCS weekend. This year Sean Parkes did the brochure image with the multiple cartoon characters, so I will be reverting to drawing caricatures of the speakers, Reuben nominees and other folks featured over the weekend in a local scene.

That’s it, so not an overwhelming schedule but two jobs are due at exactly the same time… just what I said needed to be avoided in my Sunday mailbag question.

In the meantime, here are the pencils, inks and colors for the latest of those workplace posters I do monthly, completed last week:

Pencil Sketch
Initital pencil sketch

Final Inks
Inks, incorporating some minor changes to the characters in
the foreground at the direction of the client…

Final Art


  1. Antzo8 says:

    I don’t think its an overstatement to say that MAD #500 will be the most important event in the entire history of mankind. Can’t wait for it. Good to hear that you’ve got some artwork in it, and hopefully some of the old MAD legends will have pieces as well.

  2. Mike Giblin says:

    As always, fresh & inspiring to see your procedure Tom. Thanks for posting.

  3. Steve Hearn says:

    Fantastic illustration yet again Tom! Can I ask what size paper you work on when making the initial sketch?

  4. Uau… reaaaly nice tom
    very inspiring
    all the best

  5. Brad says:

    love the way you do shoes!


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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