Every once and awhile I get something like this in my inbox that really makes me smile: Tom, I’ve read EVERY book that was ever written on caricatures and at best I never considered myself anything more than an amateur caricaturist. After reading, then studying your book, I am now working the beach in Ft [...]
There’s so much things I’m taking away from Amanda Palmer’s TED talk about asking. About how artists should be able to give and receive fearlessly. While I’m not a fan of her music, I am a fan of what she represents. And this quote from...Show More Summary
Some people seem to be confused or just terribly misinformed as to how the process that results in the three nominations for the National Cartoonists Society’s two online comics divisions work. Much of this seems to stem from a few people jumping to conclusions because the three nominees for “Best Online Comic: Short Form” all [...]
When Comicon was actually a comics convention... (From Stan Lee's Soapbox, 1976)Okay, gang, it's name-dropping time again! Recently, I was guest of honor at the San Diego Comic Convention, and what a terrific Con it was. Let me justShow More Summary
Marimekko’s patterns never fail to make me smile – and they do so again in their Spring 2013 collection. Lots of fun colors, abstract prints and simple shapes. When juxtaposed with each other, and with various items within their collection,...Show More Summary
I know I said I’d be starting a series of caricatures from The Walking Dead this week, but considering the show ends for the season Sunday that’s bad timing. Instead, in honor of his 50th anniversary, I’m going to start a Doctor Who series of the different actors who have played the intrepid main character. [...]
All I wanted for my birthday was a Resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno). The excitement this bird generates can’t be overstated. It inspires much grand hyperbole, often described as “the most beautiful bird in the world”. It is, technically, in the … Continue reading ?
The Spring Sale is still on and we're now happy to announce that Designing with Color & Light with Nathan Fowkes is now available as part of the sale! This course is addition to many other Self-Taught Classes are $100 off through to April 26th, 2013 @ 3:00am. Don't miss out!
The National Cartoonists Society just released the nominees for their divisional awards for 2012. From the NCS Website: Congratulations to the 2012 divisional nominees for the 67th Annual NCS Reuben Awards! The winners will be announced Saturday, May 25th at the Reuben Awards dinner in Pittsburgh, PA. Show More Summary
Schoolism LIVE is coming to Toronto May 11-12, 2013 sponsored by Autodesk Sketchbook Pro in conjuction with Seneca College and Mindzai. This workshop features two amazing finest instructors in the Entertainment Industry and Design fields. Show More Summary
Happy Monday folks! I’ve been seeing the works of Austria-born artist Stefan Zsaitsits floating around Pinterest lately, but was frustrated that some of them weren’t attributed properly to the artist, so it took some Googling to find out the man behind these haunting pencil drawings. Show More Summary
Clicky to embiggen… Every once and awhile I pull out some artwork from an old job that might be interesting to share. These two full page illustrations were for InfoWorld magazine circa 2005. The story was about Bill Gate‘s “plan” for the future of computing. The concept was that Gates was supposed to be not [...]
Q: Have you every been congratulated on a caricature of a celebrity, say Denzel Washington, Mick Jagger or Lindsay Lohan, only the actual caricature in question was someone entirely different (Larry Fishburn, Steve Tyler or Liz Taylor respectively)? A: Yes, that’s happened a few times, mostly with regard to caricatures I have hanging up as [...]
A little serenity to start your weekend. Happy Friday.
Picture This! | French Culture: Many prominent French children’s book illustrators coming to NY to give talks Apr 8-May 17.
Cat-loving artist Jamie Shelman and I have been running a series of online classes since 2010 called the Pikaland Artist Bootcamp, offering feedback and thoughts as we follow along with our students as they complete weekly assignments...Show More Summary
My cover for this week’s The Nation illustrates the interesting case of New York’s Left/Right Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a good read by Eric Alterman we see that 2016 considerations make him a celebrated and frustrating figure to the people who voted for him. My solution was to see if it were possible to render three portraits in one. Show More Summary
I’d love to say I’m doing a review of this new Wacom Cintiq 13HD “portable” unit because I was sent one by Wacom to test drive, but they don’t return my phone calls. sooooo…. I only know what I’ve read like most of the rest of the world. However, I am a veteran of using [...]
They sure don’t make them like they used to, for better and for worse. The innovation and sheer people-power at the start of the industry is mind-melting, and along with Disney, Fleischer Studios was at the forefront. Who doesn’t love a good process video, and who doesn’t love a good Popeye cartoon? (video link)
Pretty busy right now with several different projects: MAD book illustration- a super-secret and very fun little job for an upcoming major MAD book. This is still in the early stages but I’ll be working with a writer I’ve never worked with on it, and it will be an original piece for this new MAD [...]