On the Drawing Board- 07/30/09

July 30th, 2009 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

Just a few projects on the drawing board right now-

  • MAD Job– Two pager that is scheduled for issue 502… due in October sometime. 🙁
  • Scholastic Cover Illustration– Monday deadline… looks like I’ll be working a bit when in Pittsburgh.
  • iPhone App projects– Two of these in the works… an interesting idea and a possible new market for illustration. One is a maybe but one is a go involving over 500 caricatures. (!!!!)

Just finished this workplace poster illustration for The Marlin Company:

Pencil Rough

The above is a very rough pencil I did when at Comic Con in San Diego. I had to scan it at Kinko’s and e-mail it from my hotel, which is always a problem. Kinko’s cannot seem to scan anything as grayscale without screwing it up. It was barely legible. This is a scan I did after I go back to transfer it over to the board. The client liked the sketch but wanted me to have the two instructors interacting slightly more like they were discussing their annoyance at the ghost who doesn’t “get it”.

Final Art
Click for a closer look…

Above is the finished illustration. I used some cheap PhotoShop effects to make the ghosts look… uh… ghostly.


  1. Steve Hearn says:

    The finished result is excellent Tom! Thank goodness for cheap photoshop techniques!

  2. Nate says:

    Looks great, Tom!

  3. Looks Fantastic Tom. The Scary characters are a lot of fun, although I can’t quite figure out what the heck is happening in this poster! I’m sure the client has their reasons! I have to admit though, I am continually annoyed that WHITE guy is always depicted as the jack-ass in these politically correct posters. Aren’t there any organizations out there that protect the standard White Male in this country?
    Sorry about shouting from the soapbox…I’ll step down now.
    I am a huge admirer of your work Tom.

    • Tom says:

      I get that comment quite a bit. White males are the only ethnic group you can depict in a derogatory manner in a multi-racial scene and not get someone screaming racism, so it’s always the white guy looking stupid in these posters.

  4. Another great poster. I wonder if the instructors were not made into ghosts would the poster read better… separating the ghosts and real people?

  5. bob comeans says:

    Did you say 500 caricatures?! It’s good to be king.


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