Sketch o’the Week

April 1st, 2009 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Ronnie James Dio ©2009 Tom Richmond

Continuing the theme of 80’s rock stars I liked as a kid as they look today, here’s a sketch of everyone’s favorite heavy metal elf, Ronnie James Dio. Dio had (still has, I think) this amazingly powerful voice that looked downright bizarre coming out of a 5’4″ slip of a guy who must have weighed barely 100 lbs. He gained stardom as the lead singer of Rainbow, did two studio and one live albums with Black Sabbath after Ozzy left, then headlined his own band Dio. I still love the Sabbath albums.

In case you haven’t noticed, I was a serious metal head in high school. While my musical tastes have expanded greatly, I still love that old head-banging rock… but no hair bands, PLEASE.


  1. JT says:

    Cool caricature. If you liked the Sabbath albums with Dio be sure to check out their new release “The Devil You Know” coming April, 28 under their current name “Heaven and Hell”. (Same band members)

  2. Nate says:

    Awesome as usual!

  3. jimbodraw says:

    Holy Diver – one of the best Dio albums. Great caricature!

  4. sir jorge says:

    That’s an awesome sketch, I love it. Dio is the greatest

  5. Bearman says:

    Did you sport the mullet or the rat tail??

  6. Metal says:

    If ya never seen Ronnie James Dio live your missing out!! He is great live as he is in the records!! Awesome tribute caricature to him!!

    • Tom says:

      I saw him with “Dio” on the Holy Diver tour.

      • Metal says:

        Thats awesome!!

        I saw him twice. Once with Dio opening with Motorhead for Iron Maiden and the second time was with Black Sabbath on the Heaven and Hell tour.

  7. Scott Daly says:

    Haha right on Tom


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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