From The Freelance Files: Corporate Caricatures

November 7th, 2017 | Posted in Freelancing

While I don’t have time to do many personal commission outside of the comic-cons I work, I do sometimes do caricatures for corporate clients for executives that might be retiring or being honored in some way. What’s the difference between a personal caricature and one done for corporate client?Two things actually. One is that the subject is generally unaware of the project and I am not subjected to being art directed by the person whom the drawing depicts, and therefore avoid any complications brought on by vanity or unrealistic self-image. The second reason is plain and simple… money. I am comfortable charging corporate clients the type of rates I’d get for doing the same thing for a publication or other main media. I have a hard time asking for that kind of dough for a caricature of grandma for her birthday.

Here’s a sampling of a few I’ve done over the years of people you don’t know. I’ve actually done quite a few more than this, but most tend to be original paintings as opposed to digital, and I don’t generally scan them before sending them off:

This one is ink and wash, not digital



  1. Sam Sutton says:

    Love these, thanks for sharing!

  2. Mike Edholm says:

    Looks like you’re keeping busy, Tom. 🙂

  3. Greg Scott says:

    Tom! I took your workshop in Pittsburgh. You demo sketched and inked a Spock which we all stool around and drooled. Is your normal method of adding color in photoshop?

    • Tom Richmond says:

      Hi Greg! Yes, these days 99% of my inked line work art is colored digitally. I only drag out the real paints when I need to have a color original for some reason.


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