August 22, 2014

More “new” things. And by “new”, I mean, things I drew already, but I learned new things since I last colored them, so I did them again because why not? Right? Right. 

- Tom 

August 9, 2014
I re-did this. It got a lot of notes and I was very grateful about that but a lot of things were off about it because I rushed. So here it is again.
Watch Breaking Bad.
- Tom 

I re-did this. It got a lot of notes and I was very grateful about that but a lot of things were off about it because I rushed. So here it is again.

Watch Breaking Bad.

- Tom 

August 7, 2014

Where is the scientific origin of these creatures? Is there some sort of biological explanation for why it has two mouths? Is that even physically possible? Why do most of them look like they want to devour me? Is that a burger? 

This concludes:

"Questions Tom Didn’t Ask Himself When He Was Drawing."

Thanks for watching. 

- Tom 

August 7, 2014
So I read the book Wicked a while ago after seeing the musical, and the musical was kind of campy compared to the novel, which covers more graphic subject matter and darker issues with very dry wit. 
Basically, musical Elphaba (the eponymous “Wicked” witch) is an idealistic, magically gifted, activist with a mean unlucky streak who embraces the label “Wicked” even though it’s not really true. Novel Elphaba is a blunt intellectual, and an activist. At her worst, she’s an angst ridden, withdrawn, misanthrope who also seems to suffer from a similar case of chronic bad luck. In addition to this, it is implied that novel Elphaba might be a hermaphrodite, which isn’t a character flaw, but rather a factor that further adds to her tragic social alienation and hidden insecurities. Both are cool examples of protagonists, but novel Elphaba makes the musical Elphaba look watered down for more conventional audiences. In the end, it’s up to personal preference, but I enjoyed the book much more than the musical. It should also be noted that the plots share similarities, but are ultimately quite different, so it’s not a waste to check them both out. 
Also, in case you didn’t notice, I did a painting of how I imagined book Elphaba’s appearance around her university years.  

- Tom

So I read the book Wicked a while ago after seeing the musical, and the musical was kind of campy compared to the novel, which covers more graphic subject matter and darker issues with very dry wit.

Basically, musical Elphaba (the eponymous “Wicked” witch) is an idealistic, magically gifted, activist with a mean unlucky streak who embraces the label “Wicked” even though it’s not really true. Novel Elphaba is a blunt intellectual, and an activist. At her worst, she’s an angst ridden, withdrawn, misanthrope who also seems to suffer from a similar case of chronic bad luck. In addition to this, it is implied that novel Elphaba might be a hermaphrodite, which isn’t a character flaw, but rather a factor that further adds to her tragic social alienation and hidden insecurities. Both are cool examples of protagonists, but novel Elphaba makes the musical Elphaba look watered down for more conventional audiences. In the end, it’s up to personal preference, but I enjoyed the book much more than the musical. It should also be noted that the plots share similarities, but are ultimately quite different, so it’s not a waste to check them both out.

Also, in case you didn’t notice, I did a painting of how I imagined book Elphaba’s appearance around her university years.  

- Tom

August 5, 2014

I had the privilege of illustrating a story in the New York Times Sunday Business section this past weekend, under the Art Direction of Minh Uong. If you want, check out the article itself here because it’s very eye-opening, even if you’re not exactly into business and the like.

Also as a bonus, you get a picture of my hairy arms holding up a hard copy of the article. Lucky you.

- Tom

July 4, 2014

To all of my followers from ‘murica, Happy 4th of July. Celebrate the parts of being a citizen of this country you like with a bunch of weird characters I made! You can see even more, along with concept art with them here. To all of my non-USA citizens…uh…I dunno. Have a nice day? 

June 18, 2014
Two of my friends got married a few weeks ago. They both love cats, so naturally, I drew them as their spirit cats getting married.
Ahhh the beauty of holy meowtrimony. 

Two of my friends got married a few weeks ago. They both love cats, so naturally, I drew them as their spirit cats getting married.

Ahhh the beauty of holy meowtrimony. 

June 18, 2014
I did a painting for the amazing Laura Birdsall whose work can be found here. It’s but a small part of a charming, beautiful series of paintings that she did most of, all of which can be seen on her blog. I’ll let you guys figure out the subject matter…
Tom

I did a painting for the amazing Laura Birdsall whose work can be found here. It’s but a small part of a charming, beautiful series of paintings that she did most of, all of which can be seen on her blog. I’ll let you guys figure out the subject matter…

Tom

June 10, 2014
After a long period of no artwork, I present:
"How I imagined Kim and Kanye Scoping out Versailles Before Their Rehearsal Dinner"
- Tom 

After a long period of no artwork, I present:

"How I imagined Kim and Kanye Scoping out Versailles Before Their Rehearsal Dinner"

- Tom 

May 23, 2014

I liked some of the characters from my senior thesis/last summer illustrations, so I decided to draw/slightly change some of them without the insanity going on behind them.

If you like what you see, head over to here - tomgrillo.com 

May 11, 2014
My Mom’s been watching Breaking Bad recently. This morning, while I was working on this Mother’s Day picture for her, she called me and said “Time for breakfast, BITCH.” Needless to say, best Mom 2014. Best Mom always. 

My Mom’s been watching Breaking Bad recently. This morning, while I was working on this Mother’s Day picture for her, she called me and said “Time for breakfast, BITCH.” Needless to say, best Mom 2014. Best Mom always. 

May 7, 2014
Happy Mother’s day/birthday drawing!!! She’s the best Mom ever 2014 award winner. As she affectionately says, “Between you and your father, it’s like I have 6 children.” Love you too Mom. Love you too. 

Happy Mother’s day/birthday drawing!!! She’s the best Mom ever 2014 award winner. As she affectionately says, “Between you and your father, it’s like I have 6 children.” Love you too Mom. Love you too. 

April 6, 2014

Congratulations Loocem! You won the request contest. It was fun trying to visualize your request, especially since I initially thought the sheriff was supposed to be a cowboy. Now he’s a shark. 

March 27, 2014
Art has historically been inspired by intense feelings. Love, passion, beauty, and pain. I want to follow in these great footsteps.
That’s why I drew a (self-inspired) nerd, flipping his desk over because he lost a fictional computer game. 

Art has historically been inspired by intense feelings. Love, passion, beauty, and pain. I want to follow in these great footsteps.

That’s why I drew a (self-inspired) nerd, flipping his desk over because he lost a fictional computer game. 

March 23, 2014

*Tom drawing a picture

*Christian Friend walks over 

Christian Friend: “Oh cool what are you drawi-“

Christian Friend: “Do you need me to pray for you?” 

Me: “Hahahaha. I’m fiiiiiiiiiine. On a completely unrelated sidenote, never show these to a psychiatrist.” 

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