On June 9th, 10th and 11th of 2017 I participated in the Tom Richmond Caricature Workshop held in the Pittsburgh area. I was the odd duck in the workshop because of my background, or lack of one, in art. For the last 40 years I have been a woodcarving hobbyist. I have no experience in drawing or sketching but really like the art of caricature and the humor it provides. The other students ranged from seasoned live caricature pros to professional cartoonists/comic book artists and animators.
I met Tom several years ago in Pittsburgh and watched him in action. I knew he had a lot to offer so when I saw on his blog, TomRichmond.com, that he would be hosting a workshop 8 miles from my house, it seemed like a sign to make the leap. When I contacted Tom to tell him of my interest and experience, he assured me I would benefit from the class and would not spoil it for the other students. Although I must have been a challenge for Tom, his encouragement and individual direction gave me confidence to improve as the workshop proceeded.
As Tom hoped in his opening remarks, I am now seeing faces in a new way. It remains to be seen if I can apply the vast amount of this new insight to my carvings. I’m excited to make this happen.
I’m also glad I had the opportunity to see the many aspects of Tom’s profession. I appreciate the skill and effort required to produce the art we see every day in political satire, advertising, graphic novels and comics.
Tom’s vast knowledge, skill, humor and willingness to share make him an invaluable asset to the industry. I would encourage caricature carvers, who are ready to expand their skills, to make an effort to attend Tom’s workshop. I still have many hours ahead to perfect the techniques from the class but I know it’s possible. I felt a lot of pressure during the drawing exercises, but that is what it takes if you’re serious about learning.
You can get a good sense of the workshop content by visiting Tom’s blog and clicking on the Workshop icon.
Here are the participants in the Pittsburgh workshop.
Here are some shots taken during an inking demonstration.
Tom explained the process to produce the artwork for a MAD Magazine feature.
Tom used a laptop and drawing pad to project his drawings while he described his techniques.