Comedy & Cartoons Collide! Picture This SF

Come to Picture This! July 17th at Doc's Lab (North Beach)

Picture This! is a new kind of comedy show featuring live cartooning. Picture This! San Francisco is hosted by Kate Willett and Joey Devine, and me! (heading up the art side)

Comedians: Kate Willett, Joey DevineTorio Van Grol, Stroy Moyd, Cameron! Vannini, Jono Zalay & Irene Tu

Check out this amazing line-up of Animators: Ben Walker-Storey (art host), Rob Reger (creator of Emily The Strange), Amanda Walker-Storey (Yahoo! Beauty), Jesse Balmer (comic book illustrator), Zachary Sweet (Super7) and Sean Keeton (Sega) and Fred Noland (SF Weekly)

More about the Animators on the Facebook Event page

PICTURE THIS! is a show created by Brandie Posey & Sam Varela: two girls who push the boundaries of what a comedy show can be. Picture This! is a live comedy show with hilarious stand-ups performing while some of the best animators, cartoonists, and other artists draw live. Their doodles are projected behind the comics! The comedians don’t know what the animators are drawing and the animators don’t know how the comedians will react. It may be weird. It may different. But it will be FUNNY!

$10 advanced/ $12 at the door Get Tickets Here


Timmy and the Dinosaur by Adam Carolla

On a recent episode of the Adam Carolla Show, Adam took about a minute to write a children's book (Chris D'Elia episode).  I immediately dropped everything and began illustrating the tale of Timmy and the Dinosaur.

Here it is.


Timmy and the Dinosaur was featured on the May 13th episode of The Adam Carolla show. Thank you guys!



I handled this project like a storyboarding/animatic exercise (Yes, I'm looking for work in animation. Please share this with your industry friends). The pages were sketched out quickly in Photoshop. It's great because you can move, add and scale things easily. 

The artwork was created in Adobe Illustrator then imported into Flash. The line art just looks better when it's done this way. I used the custom brushes and techniques laid out by Clay Butler in this Youtube tutorial. I saved an Action that automates the steps it takes to go from this weird looking, overlapped lines to artwork that's cleaned up and ready to color.


Thanks to Jun Sugiyama for making his music available for stuff like this. 

Picture This! SF

Saturday, May 2nd, I will be leading up a band of cartooning ne'er-do-wells, drawing live while comedians perform. The drawings get projected behind the comics as they do their thing. It's a lot of fun and it's happening in San Francisco's North beach at Doc's Lab. I hope to see you there!

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Like the poster? I will have some 11'x17' prints available at the show! $10

Better Off Dead 30th Anniversary Live Read: Recap

Sketchfest 2015! The Better Off Dead Live Read was amazing! My brother Jimmy and I got set up in the lobby of the Marine Memorial Hotel and immediately ran into Savage Steve Holland. Rad. 

Here he is with my rendition of "Ricky's portrait." Dan Schneider didn't make it to the live read but Steve Agee was awesome as Ricky!  

Diane Franklin (Monique) signed photos and books next to us after the show so I was able to attain my ultimate goal: Get a picture of Diane holding the Ricky portrait! I got to try on her jacket. Those lapels!!! My life is complete. 

The Live Read was a lot of fun. Lots of fresh laughs. I have not read many (any) scripts so it was cool to hear all the descriptive tidbits and scenes that didn't make the final cut. I was surprised to hear how locked down all those visual gags were before shooting. I guess I pictured film-makers figuring things out as they go. I learn things!

Anyway, I did my best to sketch everyone in the cast during the Live Read. I wish I could have gotten to everyone. It's tough drawing in the dark. Or incredibly easy. That is, if you don't need the drawing to look like anything. 

Savage Steve Holland

Diane Franklin

Jon Heder

Kevin Pollak

Paul F. Tomkins

Curtis Armstrong

Kim Darby

Amanda Wyss

Here's Ricky's portrait. Diane Franklin held it as a prop during the live read. That was cool! Right now you can get your own copy as well as the other Better Off Dead art prints at my web store:

Grab them while they are still available and cheap!


Gigantic News!

I am very excited to announce the release of Gigantic Brewing Company's  new seasonal beer, Catch 23, featuring my label design! 

I put a lot of work into this illustration, but the hardest thing may have been trying to not think about the other artists Gigantic has worked with, Holy Crap! Art Director Rob Reger (Emily the Strange fame) has brought on some of the best artists in the business for previous labels: Tim Biskup, AJ Fosik, Martin Ontiveros, Shannon Wheeler, and Robert Bowen, to name a few. 

This brew is called Catch 23 and it was up to me to interpret this name. So I went with this 3-way fight between a bear, eagle and shark. Real Mutual of Omaha shit! Thanks again to Rob Reger and everyone at Gigantic Brewing Company!


  I love the look of (Ben's) work. I find it all very engaging. Ben came  up with the BEST interpretation of the name possible. I smile every  time I see that label. Basically, it rules. -Van Havig, Gigantic Brewing Co.


I love the look of (Ben's) work. I find it all very engaging. Ben came 
up with the BEST interpretation of the name possible. I smile every 
time I see that label. Basically, it rules.

-Van Havig, Gigantic Brewing Co.