Latest Directory of Illustration Page

May 8th, 2010 | Posted in Freelancing

I’ve been advertising on and off in Serbin Communication’s Directory of Illustration for about 15 years now, and while the results aren’t exactly staggering I usually get enough new jobs from my ad to pay for it. The real value of it comes from not picking up new jobs per se but new clients from whom I get ongoing work. I still believe the best way to market yourself as a freelancer is a combination of an internet presence, direct mailing and ads like this that get distributed to tens of thousands of buyers of illustration.

The toughest part for me is always putting the page together and finding work that shows a range of subject matter and techniques. This one runs the gamut from my line and color style (Brett Farve illo originally for the Minneapolis Star Tribune) to my new colored line style (guys fighting and guy eating hot wings for breakfast, both for Penthouse) my digital painting style (the Gates vs. Crowley/ Obama referee image done for MAD), a straight up cartoon (Piranha done for the Minnesota Twins) and just for fun I tossed in several of my LOST ink-wash caricatures… I admit did a little digital touching up on some of them as the scans were a bit washed out and some of the detail was being lost (pun intended).

We’ll see how effective the ad is this year.


  1. Steve Hearn says:

    Tom that looks really awesome and I do hope you will get even more work from the page as it shows such a wonderful range and examples of your fantastic work! More power to your elbow Batman! Holy smokes, even more power to your drawing wrist!

  2. Stan says:

    Great page Tom.

  3. I like your line and color work best of all

  4. Corey says:

    Really nice page, definatly something to be proud of.

  5. Frahm says:

    Lad, don’t be afraid. You’re too good to worry about it. Of course clients will appear, and you’ll have many chances to make your job in any style you like. Anyway, as John Lennon said, every day the sun rises and nobody is there to see (most are asleep).


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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