Sports Illustrated Kids Illustration

March 7th, 2011 | Posted in Freelancing

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There are a lot of magazines I’d really like to do work for, but high on that list has always been Sports Illustrated Kids. I was therefore thrilled when I got a call from SI Kid’s art director asking if I was available to do a piece for them. The project was a two page spread featuring caricatures of several pro athletes engaging in the jobs they were quoted as saying they’d like to have if they weren’t professional athletes. The result is the image above, which appears in the March 2011 issue on news stands now.

Here’s one of the rounds of pencil sketchs placed in the mock layout they sent me:

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And here are closer looks at the individual athletes:

Washington Mystics guard Katie Smith

Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster

NY Yankee’s outfielder Curtis Granderson and
Washington Redskins Tight End Chris Cooley

U.S. Ski Team’s Lindsey Vonn

Indiana Pacer’s forward Danny Granger

A very fun project. Hopefully the first of many.


  1. Great job as always Tom!

  2. Jim Lavery says:

    Hey Tom, is that Mike Peters in the dentist chair???

  3. Chris Berg says:

    Great job! Always impressive!

  4. Trevour says:

    I was also going to ask if that’s a young Mike Peters in the chair! Thanks for sharing the close-ups!

  5. Tom says:

    Not Mike Peters.


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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