Hello and welcome to my sketch-blog. This seemingly self-indulgent exercise is where I intend to post the doodles, sketches, and occasionally more finished pieces of artwork to, if my insecurities are correct, an apathetic if not imaginary audience.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ah Saturday

What does a deadline encumbered freelance illustrator do on a rare Saturday off?...Paints and draws of course...

Seriously..with deadlines a week away I promised myself some time to push back from the assignments on my desk and just have a little fun. So I broke out some gouache paints and experiment a little this morning. The results...different yes, but I also kind of like the free sketchy feel. A spontaneity I would like to see more of in my work..Sometimes it pays to just goof off a little.

Now its off for a refreshing walk in the winter woods to recharge the batteries.

Talk atcha soon.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gotta Be Nuts

Here's a little doodle that I did while watching the Canadian hosted winter Olympic games...I often wonder what a psychologist might see in the illustrations I do and maybe more significantly post on this space...This one just might be closer reflection on my multitasking than I would care to openly admit.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Black and White

Since I launched the new site earlier this week it's been pointed out to me that I it is a little lean as far as sample images are concerned. Fair enough...I did so for brevity purposes but perhaps more is needed? No problem, after nearly two decades of published work it shouldn't be a problem to round up some images for further galleries.

One gallery I am considering is a Black and White image gallery. I love the drama and simplicity of high contrast line art and have done a great number of this type of stuff over the years. Until I can get those galleries posted, I thought I would post a few B/W pieces that I am considering adding as time permits.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Web Site

After a couple of years with my old site, I am proud to launch my newly re-designed web site and portfolio.

www.tomgoldsmithillustration.com is now up and resting comfortably on the World Wide Web.

This whole endeavor would simply never have occurred without the help of my good friend Richie Tripp from www.trippcreative.ca (more on him in a future post) For now I'll bask in the glow of having it up and out of my, and Richie's hair.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


while searching for the appropriate images to use on my web site contact page I discovered this little guy. As apposed to the subject of my last post, this guy just make it to the promised land of finished portfolio art...

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wakening The Dead

My intention here was to make a little doodle of a Dachshund lost in a deep sleep. As much as I like the end result I am somewhat concerned that he is looking a little too asleep. Cute, but perhaps I should leave him here and not push this particular one through to a more finished piece?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hot Off The Press

Well, perhaps "luke warm off the press" might be more accurate. When it comes to finished and developmental work I am often required to allow the publication and first right copyright holders to run these images first. So I bring this piece to this forum only after it has been published.

As mentioned earlier I primarily will use this sketchblog to show and discuss my preliminary work and share some of the successes and failures as I bring these ideas along. This piece based on the old twist where the rabbit gets the last laugh on the hapless hunter, is called " A Hare Raisin Tale". This is one that made it through to completion.... and overall I am pretty pleased with it.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Influences part 1

Despite this recent exploration into self promotion through this blog and other experimental means, I am, believe it or not, more than a little uncomfortable speaking or writing about my own work. So from time to time I will spotlight an artist or two that have influenced me and my work throughout my life.Those who find my own work worth looking at might find it interesting to dig through my inspirational roots to see from where I grew.

The first and most powerful person who molded my career through his work was Paul Bransom. A quick flip through my own body of work shows a pretty clear love of animals, so it is no surprise that Mr. Bransom's work played such a huge role in my career choice and love of draftsmanship. Paul Bransom was, during his day, the most preeminent illustrators of animals and animal stories. His work graced the pages of such classics as The Wind and the Willows, The Call Of The Wild, and numerous covers for The Country Gentleman and Saturday evening post. When I was a young and easily influenced young artist just out of school, I fell in love with his work that I discovered within the pages of the young reader series of animal stories by Charles D.D. Roberts..a Canadian author who's books I would find in antique books stores.

Mr. Bransom's work depended on such skillful draftsmanship that came from drawing from his life and experience. No Google searches for images to swipe or projection of photos. No, this master drew his subject that he knew completely, and skillfully incorporated his them into wonderfully designed illustrations the likes of which we will not likely see pass this way again.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hardly Original But...

Now I wouldn't want to delude myself into thinking that these doodles are very original. I mean ducks, along with mice and other small rodents have always had their share of time in the spotlight with illustrators and animators...That said, the duck just seems to beg to be drawn. so in the grand scheme of things, who am I to stop these guys from showing up on my sketch pad from time to time.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Just a heron ending the life of a fish.
Funny...... if you're a heron I guess?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I've been searching for an image to open my newly re-designed web site. Soon to be at www.tomgoldsmithillustration.com ..I had originally intended to have things set to simply take the viewer directly to the portfolio page, but when I saw the page designs in development it seemed strange without some sort of a intro page.

This is what I am thinking of doing..This guy came up as I was working hard to complete an assignment. I found myself fascinated by this guys strange contortions and looked forward to getting to a more fully developed finished piece. I'm thinking a brightly colored leotard to give him some dimension as the pattern surrounds his ample form, If it works out this just might be my into image.