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The ToonHeadz Attend Tom Richmond's Workshop!


The ToonHeadz Attended Tom Richmond's Workshop!
The ToonHeadz Attended Tom Richmond's Workshop!

The ToonHeadz Attend Tom Richmond's Workshop!

The ToonHeadz Attend Tom Richmond's Workshop. This June, many of The ToonHeadz team attended the Caricature Workshop of the man, the caricature master, the legend...Tom Richmond!


Meagan Lafferty and Tom Richmond
Meagan Lafferty and Tom Richmond

A Big Thanks to Tom Richmond!

First and foremost, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Tom Richmond for his generosity in sharing his expertise and passion with us. His decades of experience in the industry and his classic approach to caricature have left an undeniable mark on each of us. Tom’s willingness to impart his knowledge with humor and patience made the workshop not just educational but immensely enjoyable. This was a super exciting opportunity for The ToonHeadz caricature Team.





Tom Richmond drawing ToonHeadz artist, Meagan Lafferty
Tom Richmond drawing ToonHeadz artist, Meagan Lafferty, while in the background, AJ Jensen and Angelina Thomas share a laugh

As one of the most celebrated caricature artists, it's no surprised that he's had a creative eye his entire life. Since drawing caricatures in his youth, he has honed his craft through years of dedicated practice and learning from the masters. His ability to capture the essence of his subjects with a blend of exaggeration and keen observation is truly remarkable.



"Capturing one's 'Presence' goes beyond 'likeness.' Likeness is important, of course, but capturing presence is the ability to display their personality and essence. It's what makes the caricature come to life." -Tom Richmond

Caricature example drawn by Tom Richmond
Caricature example drawn by Tom Richmond

Tom Richmond's Workshop

Throughout the workshop, Tom guided the class through various techniques essential to caricature. We practiced shaping features, learned how to identify what he calls the "T shape," how to choose which distinctive traits to exaggerate, and even engaged in speed drawing exercises to build confidence in our line work. These exercises not only improved our technical skills but also encouraged us to trust our instincts and embrace creative risks. The ToonHeadz caricature team definitely learned a bunch from Mr. Richmond.




"We challenged ourselves with each new concept introduced, and under Tom’s expert guidance, we saw tangible improvements in our sketches."

Meagan Lafferty looking through the model examples in the Workshop Booklet while AJ Jensen perfects his color technique in the background
Meagan Lafferty looking through the model examples in the Workshop Booklet while AJ Jensen perfects his color technique in the background

Practice, Practice, Practice!!!

Practice is the cornerstone of mastery in caricature, as in any art form. Tom Richmond’s workshop underscored the vital role of consistent practice in honing our skills and refining our artistic vision. Through dedicated practice, we not only improve technical proficiency but also cultivate a deeper understanding of caricature’s nuances. Each sketch, each stroke, and each critique are steppingstones towards growth and proficiency. As we continue to practice diligently, we embrace the truth that every session brings new insights, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. Practice isn't just about repetition; it's about embracing the journey of continual learning and evolution as artists.



A fantastic caricature of Meagan Lafferty by Tom Richmond
A fantastic caricature of Meagan Lafferty by Tom Richmond

As the saying goes, "practice makes progress" and our workshop experience with Tom Richmond perfectly exemplified this. We challenged ourselves with each new concept introduced, and under Tom’s expert guidance, we saw tangible improvements in our sketches. Every critique from Tom was a valuable lesson in itself, helping us refine our techniques and develop a sharper eye for detail. AJ Jensen will tell the ToonHeadz Team that "Guidance, Consistency, Passion, and Patience are the key ingredients to be an extraordinary artist."




"We all sat at a table across from each other in pairs and Tom had his timer set to give us 5 minutes to draw our partners before we shuffled to draw another artist. What artists don't tell you is that 5 minutes feels like 2 seconds when you're drawing! It was a fantastic challenge for us to apply some of the new techniques we learned!" -Meagan Lafferty, ToonHeadz Artist
Workshop attendees engaged in speed drawing exercises to build confidence in line work. These exercises not only improved technical skills but also encouraged trust in instincts and embracing creative risks.
Workshop attendees engaged in speed drawing exercises to build confidence in line work. These exercises not only improved technical skills but also encouraged trust in instincts and embracing creative risks. Seen above, Angelina Thomas draws a caricature of Meagan Lafferty as other artists draw each other in the background.

Caricature Community

Beyond the technical aspects, the workshop was a celebration of creativity and camaraderie. We laughed together, exchanged ideas, and marveled at each other’s progress. Tom fostered an environment where learning was fun and critiques were welcomed as part of the learning process.


"Tom's workshop was a worthwhile experience for the ToonHeadz. It's really important that we continue to nurture the creativity of our team and invest in their skills. We had a blast learning from Tom and enjoyed meeting so many other artists with unique styles. This is why I love caricature - it's always a journey!" - AJ Jensen, ToonHeadz Co-Owner

Compilation of Tom Richmond's spectacular caricature demonstrations
Compilation of Tom Richmond's spectacular caricature demonstrations on the projector

How The Workshop Boosted The ToonHeadz

Tom Richmond’s workshop profoundly influenced our approach to caricature and our creative process as a whole. His emphasis on understanding the essence of a subject and exaggerating its distinctive features has sparked new ideas and techniques within our team. We now approach each project with a heightened sense of observation and a deeper understanding of how to capture personality through caricature. Tom’s teachings have not only improved our technical skills but also broadened our creative horizons, empowering us to push boundaries and explore new possibilities in our artwork.


Workshop attendees watching and taking note as Tom Richmond demonstrates his caricature drawing process on the projector
Workshop attendees watching and taking note as Tom Richmond demonstrates his caricature drawing process on the projector

Spectacular group caricature of Workshop attendees by Tom Richmond!
Group Caricature of Workshop attendees by Tom Richmond!


In conclusion, our time with Tom Richmond was not just about learning new caricature techniques but also about embracing the joy of creation and continuous improvement. We returned to the ToonHeadz with renewed enthusiasm, armed with new skills and insights that will undoubtedly elevate our work. We are immensely grateful to Tom for his mentorship and the unforgettable experience he provided. Here’s to learning, laughing, and creating caricatures that capture more than just a likeness - but an experience.


If you are interested in joining Tom Richmond's Workshop, please follow the link below: https://www.tomrichmond.com/workshops/





We're deeply thankful to Tom for his invaluable guidance and inspiration, and we encourage everyone interested in caricature and art in general to experience his workshops firsthand.



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