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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Row v. Wade

Like many illustrators I work in somewhat of a vacuum. Long days sitting in the glow of a overhead lamp makes for some strange realizations and pontifications. For this reason I have always considered myself very fortunate to have the council of Steve Galea (notice I didn't necessarily say sage council). Steve is without question one of the most creative and talented humorous writers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Steve writes a regular outdoor column for Ontario Out Of Doors Magazine and I have had the pleasure to illustrate these for the better part of ten years or so.... and in the process, have developed one of the strongest friendships of my life.

This illustration that was recently published in the magazine is one of my recent favorites. It is a result of one of our many coffee break phone conversations, where we hash out everything from Geo-political issues and current assignments, to snot absorption properties of flannel.

Anyways it was during one of these chats that a courtroom drama piece was being considered by Steve for a fishing story about a conflict on a trout stream ...An epic courtroom case was needed to set the scene, so when we stumbled upon Row v Wade ( note the spelling) well, this concept immediately jump to my mind.


  1. Brilliantly subtle brushwork and a great concept! Impressive! I agree with you on the illustration in a vacuum land that doubles as a studio...

  2. Hi Tom,

    I'm really glad I stumbled across your blog. Your sketches are brilliant and your musings made me smile!:-)

  3. Love your work. This piece is really charming.