Food Network Illustration

March 18th, 2011 | Posted in Freelancing

Scrippsnetworks ©2011 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved
Scrippsnetworks ©2011 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved

The folks at the Food Network gave me the okay to share this piece I did for them of FN stars Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri. To be honest I am not 100% sure what the purpose of it was, but I know it was not for print or broadcast. I believe it was supposed to be for some internal promo or something similar. The assignment was to do a simple caricature of Rachel and Guy in a “Dancing with the Stars” pose with a simple background.


  1. Daniel says:

    Hey tom, I rarely I ever think this.. but on this one.. I don’t know I think its a little off. I don’t really see Rachel Ray in your caricature. If it weren’t for your description I wouldn’t have known who it was. Guy definitely has a likeness but I think the fact you made him look “skinny” hurts it a little. But then again that could of been a directive from FN. Anyways just my two cents. I love your work and find your blog to be a daily destination.

  2. Daniel says:

    I was meaning.. they may have told you to tone it down.. or to make them look “good”.. Guy and Rachel both are not fat persay.. but have plump looking faces etc. Just a thought.. OH.. and the FN was for Food Network. my bad. it made sense in my head when I typed it. lol

    • Tom says:

      I understood what you meant. When you do a job like this you have to make the client happy, and that sometimes means you end up drawing their idea of a good caricature as opposed to yours. That is the case here.

  3. Great work Tom
    I know what your saying and meaning

  4. Daniel says:

    Tom, thanks for the replies. I figured as much when I first seen the pic. I never understand when people think like that.. obviously.. (i hope) when they look in the mirror they don’t see that.. for god’s sake.. one of them gets paid to travel around and stuff his face at diners around the country. lol

    I guess theres a point where artistic freedom/honesty meets.. “i have bills to pay”. I design ads for newspapers.. and i’ll do up a really “artistic” design for a client.. only to be told.. nah.. we just want a black line border all the way around… or either they think they have a “great” idea that I know is horrible.. gotta do it anyways.

  5. I think anyone who has ever drawn a caricature for a client has been there. For sure, the Guy Fieri is more recognizable than the Rachael Ray, but sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and give the client what they want.


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