Sep 27, 2008

Before & After







I thought it would be interesting to post some drawings I did to show ideas to my clients for an ad campaign. These are typical sketches I do for comps. I've also included the photographs that were taken for the final ads. Most people don't get to see the before and after in advertising. So I'm sharing this with everyone on my blog. The photographer was Andy Glass.

Show Time



I was at a movie theater doing a photo shoot. At one point I was standing on the stage in front of the screen. The theater was empty of course. We paid to own it for the day. Anyway, I was on the stage and the projector light was turned on. It was extremely bright so I turned around and saw that my shadow was perfectly cast on the screen. I took some photos. Here are a few. They came out perfectly.

Morning Radio



When driving to work in the morning, my favorite radio show is Boomer and Carton. The are on WFAN sports radio in New York. I love that friggin show. It's the number one rated morning show. Craig Carton is the out of his mind lunatic and Boomer is the voice of reason. Anyway I got the chance to make a little television spot with Boomer Esiason. He used to be the quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets. It was very cool to hang with someone I listen to everyday. He turned out to be the nicest guy on the planet. We have a producer at work named Joanne. She has season tickets to the Yankees and knows everything about sports. I invited her along to the shoot. We talked to Boomer about New York sports for half an hour. He was very funny and gracious. It's nice when your heroes turn out to be nice. In the past I've met some douche bags but that another story.

Funny Letter



I opened my e-mail the other day and got this great letter. I thought I would share it. For those of you who don't know who Burt Ward is, he's my childhood hero. He played Robin in the 1960's Batman television series.

Hello Tom,

I recently saw a painting you did of Batman - Adam West - and was interested in finding out how I could purchase this. I am the manager/agent for Burt Ward, and enjoy collecting various original pieces such as yours. I showed Burt your work and he was also very impressed. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Andrew Goodwin

Sep 25, 2008

End Of The World As We Know It


Hockey mom went to the UN the other day to meet foreign leaders. The press was told that no reporters were allowed to witness the so-called meeting. It's obvious the Republicans didn't want anyone asking her a pesky old question about foreign affairs or the economy. She's only good at reading off of teleprompters. The Republicans couldn't figure out how to get a teleprompter in front of her and not have the reporters see it. The entire press corps said they would not participate if reporters were barred. So the Republicans relented. The press got to see hockey mom shake hands for sixty seconds and then they were quickly ushered out before anyone could ask a question. She constantly has that fake smile grimace plastered on her face. It's to make sure an answer to a question doesn't slip out. I think Rove crazy glued it shut. After The Iraq blunder, Katrina, Abu Graib, Guantanamo and fifty scandals, we finally have the collapse of the entire economy on Bush's watch. Well at least we know we have hockey mom to take over and fix it all. IF only she could answer a question posed to her. Well that's a small matter that a couple of teleprompters could fix.

Sep 14, 2008

Holy Cow


Once a month or so I google my name and see what comes up. There's over seven thousand results for me. I cruise through a bunch to see if there are blog posts around the world about me that I may not know about. I always find some. I found one about me in some Asian language I couldn't descipher. What I liked was the way they took some of my images and collaged them together. It looks fantastic. Very good art direction. I thought I would post it here.

Crash


I haven't been in a car accident in thirty years. A few weeks ago I was sitting in my car in a parking space minding my own business. Suddenly a car backs into the same spot I'm in and takes out my front bumper. Turns out it was a little old lady. She was in her late seventies and very shaken about the whole thing. I told it was no big deal and let her go. It only cost me two hundred bucks to fix it. The other day I had to take a cab home from the city. I'm sitting in the back seat spacing out, and BANG. A hummer takes out the rear end of the cab. I got out and walked the last few blocks home. Several days after that, Yun and I were driving home from the beach. Traffic stopped on the Long Island expressway. I came to a full stop and all of a sudden the woman behind me decided not to stop at all. Boom! Took out my whole truck and bumper and smashed my car into the SUV in front of me, taking out my whole front end. Oh well, that's life. All I can do is go through the motions of getting it all sort out. It's a pain but at least no one was hurt. Now that I've been banged up so many times in a row maybe I'm due for a few years of accident free driving. Can lightning really strike four times? I hope not.

Honey Cove


Over labor day weekend Yun and I went to the Hamptons to see some old friends of mine. Ken Nahoum and Basia. They have two young boys ages four and six. They are very much into boats and fishing. Who isn't? The only problem is their dad is clueless about the sport. With the help of a nice couple, Joe and Virginia, who happened to be fishing in a boat near Ken's dock, I got a lesson in what to do. From then on we caught tons of white perch. I had as much fun as the kids. I managed to do this drawing of Basia fishing from their boat. Not easy to do with little kids wanting all of my attention. The great thing about the boys is that they can drive their dad's boat around. It's a very funny site watching these little midgets commandeering the boston wailer. All in all a successful weekend.

Drawing A Crowd


I was sitting on a street corner minding my own business drawing. A nice couple passed me and was sort of checking out what I was doing. About an hour later they were passing again from the other direction and they stopped to see if they could look at my drawing. When I showed them my book they noticed my drawing from Morocco. They told me they too had just been there. The girl was Asian, so I told her my wife was Korean. She said she was Korean. She asked me if I was Irish, which of course, led to her saying her husband was Irish too. We all had a good laugh. I suggested we all meet for a drink some night in our hood. They agreed. Drawing can do more than just feeding your soul, it can also help you make new friends.

Samsung Washer Dryer Commercial

Commercial I did for Samsung washers and dryers. Not a bad product by the way.