On the Drawing Board

April 1st, 2011 | Posted in On the Drawing Board

I’m currently working on the last parts of my book on drawing caricatures and a new episode segment for “MAD” on the Cartoon Network, which is all keeping me pretty busy. I should be able to share work from MAD #509, a few magazine jobs including a cover illustration and some other goodies this month.

In the meantime, here is my latest workplace poster job for The Marlin Company:

The pencil sketch

The final artwork


  1. Julie says:

    It is about time you wrote a book on drawing caricatures. I can’t wait to buy it! This is a fantastic piece.

  2. mark says:

    tom, how do you work out how small heads and figures have to be further back in the drawing? do you use some sort of perspective grid, or do you just eyeball it? thanks.

    • Tom says:

      I just eyeball it, which is why it’s riddled with inaccuracies. I cheat perspective frequently to get things into the frame that would otherwise be obscured. I try not to cheat it so much as to be distracting, but I don’t establish two or three point perspective vanishing points and plot everything. I think that tends to take some of the charm out of it and makes it too mechanical. As long as you can fake it with a certain degree of believability, then you can make it work.

  3. orabi says:

    How you do that?!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Mufeed says:

    I am always enjoying your blog. Your blog is one of my best pages that I open every day.
    Thank you for everything… 🙂

  5. Julio Ibarra says:

    excelente Tom!

  6. jjackle says:

    Was this done in Photoshop? Nice technique on the counter! Any hints on the technique?

    • Tom says:

      PhotoShop, yes. For the counter here I took a photo of a quartz countertop in my house, created a big single image of the textured pattern and then cut and pasted it into the illustration.


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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