Sketch o’the Week

August 1st, 2012 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

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Another cheat this week, as I am currently winging my way to San Francisco for those speaking engagements I listed Monday. This is the pencil sketch for a recent workplace poster illustration. Actually it’s not the rough, which I usually post, but the transfered drawing on illustration board ready for inking. I am purposefully loose with this stage so I can “draw” more with the inks. I’ll post the finished art tomorrow.

I promise next week I’ll be back to original SotW drawings… it’s been a rough summer.


  1. Lee Fortuna says:

    Tom, what is your process for transferring your sketch to the illustration board, I mean how do you get the piece from one place to the other, projector, transfer paper? Prior to inking.

    • Tom says:

      I have a large light box in my studio. I usually do the rough sketches of any illustration at “print size”, meaning the physical size the illustration will actually be seen in print. That way I have total control and feel over the composition at the size everyone will be seeing it. They I scan an enlarge to either 150% of print size (for everything but MAD work) and 200% in the case of MAD (that’s the traditional art size for them). Then I print it out on regular paper, slap it on the light box and redraw it loosely on the board for inking, making any corrections at that time.

  2. Lee Fortuna says:

    But how does the image on the light box transfer through onto 400-500lb illustration board? Isn’t it too thick for use on a light box Tom?

    • Tom says:

      I use bristol board, not illustration board.

      • Lee Fortuna says:

        So the work place posters I bought from you with your original inks is on bristol board? 400-500lb as well?

        • Tom says:

          That was either Strathmore 400 or 500 board. That number has nothing to do with the weight, however. I don’t know what the weight designation of those boards are, manufacturers don’t use those measurements for bristol board.


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