uGlee for the MAD Show

September 28th, 2010 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Last night episode four of the new MAD animated show on the Cartoon Network aired another of the segments I worked on… a parody of the TV show “Glee”.

This was easily the most work I’ve done so far for a single segment. I think there were 14 main characters to draw plus a number of cameos, extra faces and expressions. To try and save time I did them in tight pencil form and then colored them as opposed to doing any polished linework… the result was a lot rougher than I had hoped. However I thought the animation folks at the WB studios did a pretty great job with what I gave them to work with.

Here are some of the images i did as character guides for the “uGlee” segment:

Matthew Morrison/ Will Schuster

Jane Lynch/ Sue Sylvester

Lea Michele/ Rachel Berry

Cory Monteith/ Finn Hudson

Dianna Agron/ Quinn Fabray

Mark Salling/ Noah “Puck” Puckerman

Amber Riley/ Mercedes Jones

Chris Colfer/ Kurt Hummel

Kevin McHale/ Artie Abrams

Jenna Ushkowitz/ Tina Cohen-Chang

Naya Rivera/ Santana Lopez

Jayma Mays/ Emma Pillsbury

Iqbal Theba/ Principal Figgins

Brad The Piano Guy

And some cameos…

Victoria Justice

The Jonas Bros

Miley Cirus

Interestingly enough shortly after I did this work for the TV show I was assigned the art on the parody of “Glee” for MAD, which will be in the next issue due out in a few weeks.


  1. Holy Cow Tom….These are friggin AWESOME!!!!! Finn,Quinn, Kurt and the wheelchair guy are Dead Ringers!!!!!!! They are ALL spot-on accurate! I can’t wait to see your MAD assignment!

  2. George Cook says:

    Very cool!

  3. Karin says:

    Absolutely beautiful…. 🙂
    I just started a drawing course and one day I want to be drawing like that!!

  4. Mike Hasson says:

    The likenesses are so good on these, Tom. Great job!

  5. Sagan Lacy says:

    Incredible job! There are many terrific likenesses… Kurt is especially hilarious.

  6. Corbett says:

    There are some strong chins in there, Tom!

    Hummel is a hoot! Great stuff all around.

  7. Greg Sumbardo says:

    Nice! Even better than ( I have a hard time saying this!) your idol Mort Drucker~

  8. Scott Nickel says:


    I saw the episode last night. Great work! I’m glad to see they’re using guys from the magazine.

    Just curious — How much lead time did you have?



    • Tom says:

      Not a lot of lead time. I usually get a week to 10 days to do the art, but since it is only a single caricature and figure and some extra faces per main character I can do several a day. This one was by far the most characters for a single segment I’ve done. CSiCarly was only 5 characters and subsequent ones between 4 and maybe 10 characters.

  9. julio cesar naranjo says:

    Hi Tom amazing characters, its very nice how you simplified the details and not compromising their unique features, just awesome. Take care.

  10. garrador says:

    AMAZING. they’re all SO good. congratz

  11. MADforlife says:

    My favorite MAD segment! great job!


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