To celebrate the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch today, Polygon staff members drew their own versions of series staple Tom Nook.

To celebrate the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch today, Polygon staff members drew their own versions of series staple Tom Nook.

You might be aware that Animal Crossing: New Horizonsis out today.
Although many of you may already be hard at work on your virtual island maybe the best possible diversion right now the Polygon staff is thinking very hard about Tom Nook. While his legacy may be complex, hes currently ushering all of us off to deserted island paradises, so its a good time to pay tribute.
Our idea of tribute: drawing Tom Nook from memory. (In case you forgot, we did this to poor Sonic the Hedgehog last month.)
Who captured our raccoon travel tycoons essence the best? Please let us know after thoughtfully considering each artists statement as well.
Cass Marshall
Illustration: Cass Marshall/Polygon
I felt like I had perfect clarity over Tom Nooks head and face. I could clearly see his silhouette in my mind; I also knew he had kind of a chubby, round body. When I got to his arms and legs, I felt my vision fade. I panicked. Does Tom Nook wear shoes? Does he have individual fingers? I have never considered these questions before. When I think of Tom Nook, I imagine his silhouette standing, watching me from a distance, like an adorable scarecrow. It is the shape of Tom Nook I know, not his details, because of the authority he holds over us all. Anyways, thats a Tim & Eric reference I threw in there.
Chelsea Stark
Illustration: Chelsea Stark/Polygon
I thought it was important to show Tom wearing Tom as in Tommy Bahama shirts, a favorite of dads everywhere. I feel like Tom is getting ready for some extreme Island Time right now, so I wanted to make sure he was dressed for the occasion.
Nicole Carpenter
Illustration: Nicole Carpenter/Polygon
I saw this thing on Twitter about visualizing an apple. This Tom Nook exercise helped me realize something: I cant really visualize the apple. Or Tom Nook. I can see the shapes and colors, but not details. So, uh, that explains my image of Tom Nook. Still sort of upset that I couldnt remember its a sweater vest and not a sweater.
Matt Patches
Illustration: Matt Patches/Polygon
Things Im confident about but cant say with 100% authority: Tom Nook is a raccoon. Things Im confident about that I can say with 100% authority: The characters in Animal Crossing hold Things. Things Im not confident about and cant say with any authority: Tom Nook holds an umbrella at some point during New Horizons.
Chris Plante
Illustration: Chris Plante/Polygon
Mr. Plantes art may contain political imagery, said one of the editors publicists when contacted for comment on his Nixonian depiction of the Animal Crossing landlord, but that doesnt mean his art is political. We can confirm there is nothing political about Mr. Plantes drawing of Tom Nook.
Ross Miller
Illustration: Ross Miller/Polygon
My original sketch had a lot more detail, but it also had Tommy and Timmy pulling a sled with Tom Nook hugging piles of debt, like he was some sort of anti-Santa, but when I looked at the sketch I realized it felt a little too risqué.
Simone de Rochefort
Illustration: Simone de Rochefort/Polygon
So, the big thing here thats going to haunt me is that I forgot Tom Nooks little face-mask. I was wondering the whole time I was drawing why his face looked so weird. And thats why. I get extra points for remember his lil paws though. Cute.
Someone told me he looks like the mouse from CatDog.
Susana Polo
Illustration: Susana Polo/Polygon
I began by trying to remember the qualities of Tom Nook, as a person who only played Pocket Camp for a while until it got boring. I came up with these Nook Facts: He is a raccoon. He has a typical Animal Crossing Pillsbury Doughboy body. He … wears … clothing? I drew the big triangle of his snout before I remembered that he was not one of the hedgehogs that sell you items. But I got back on track around the bitty ears. I feel pretty confident in the body silhouette here, and that he is at least wearing regular clothing. Then I accessorized and drew some plants because plants are in Animal Crossing.
Patrick Gill
Illustration: Patrick Gill/Polygon
Im a bit disappointed i forgot Toms Iconic bandit mask. I also gave him a mouth, which was wrong of me. Im sorry. I do feel like I captured his essence, though. Tom Nook is absolutely a Two Phones Guy. Im also pretty sure those two smaller Tom Nooks on the island are his kids, which makes him a dad, ergo the sandals and socks.
Petrana Radulovic
Illustration: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon
I forgot how Tom Nooks nose worked. Also, stay inside.
Ryan Gilliam
Illustration: Ryan Gilliam/Polygon
Ever since I was a child, I believed Tom Nook to be a villain the embodiment of greed hidden behind adorable eyes. But with New Horizons, Ive come to realize that Tom Nook not villain, Tom Nook friend. So what if he wants my money? He built me a damn house. Perhaps its growing up and paying bills, or the current climate of yeah man, take that money where you can get it, or even the way Nooks sweater fits around his portly frame the way my sweaters do but I sympathize with Tom Nook: a misunderstood, if not opportunistic, friend and community leader. I hope Ive captured that here for all of you to see.
Brian Gilbert
Illustration: Brian Gilbert/Polygon
I accidentally made him too sharp. Im always drawing people too sharply. I promise I wont do it again.
Julia Lee
Illustration: Julia Lee/Polyogn
When I close my eyes, my brain is filled with trauma of Tom Nook from the original Animal Crossing putting me to work, and me trying to scrape Bells together while I wear a cone hat I cant take off.
Charlie Hall
Illustration: Charlie Hall/Polygon
I expected Tom to show up today, since it is his world now and were all just living in it. I have never once played Animal Crossing, and fear it may actually be a cult. No matter. Through cultural osmosis, I have grasped that Mr. Nook has many round parts and is a raccoon. Hes also really into vests, I think. That, and theres a phone now. This pen is leaking everywhere.
Karen Han
Illustration: Karen Han/Polygon
We all know that Tom Nook, capitalist king, loves money. And so, how better to portray Tom Nook than in the shoes of another cartoon capitalist king, Scrooge McDuck? Put him where he belongs, put him among the things he loves! Money, money, money!
Russ Frushtick
Illustration: Russ Frustick/Polygon
Tom Nook loves money more than you. Hes also rocking a dope Charlie Brown print this time around.

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