Check out my newest animation, Duds for Bugs! Meet 10 bugs who wear clothes...that rhyme. Subscribe to my new YouTube channel, Mega Big Time!
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.
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!
Like the poster? I will have some 11'x17' prints available at the show! $10
I'm excited to present a new gig poster! This one is for Jake Johannsen at Punchline, SF. Jake is one of those comics that got me hooked on stand up back in the day. He was featured on an episode of Comedy Tonight that my brother and I had taped and watched over and over. He had this bit about voices telling you to put the bread in the toaster, the round side down. And then Alex Bennett tripped out on Jake's yellow shoes. Anyway, since then Jake Johannsen has appeared on The Tonight show about a dozen times, visited Conan O'Brien a handful of times, and has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman 46 times! Because he's hilarious.
Jake is doing shows at The Punch Line in San Francisco all weekend and I'm there too, selling this very limited edition poster. He is being really cool about hanging out after shows, so you can totally get this poster signed! There are 2 shows tonight. Check here for details.
Well, this took place last night. Maybe I should have posted before the show but my involvement happened so fast! Wednesday night, while having a lovely birthday dinner with my lady, I decided I wanted to keep making gig posters for comedy shows after the success I had with the Better Off Dead Live Read. I went home, checked some schedules, and found that in three days time, Cobb's Comedy Club would be putting on a special show in tribute to Robin Williams, benefiting his favorite animal rescue groups. I had to get involved! I already had the illustration of Leonard I had done for Robin last year so I reconfigured it into this poster and managed to get in touch with the right people. We were able to get everything cleared and print up 100 posters to sell at the show. It was such a fun night. The comics killed it. I wish Dana Gould could have made it. Oh well, for now I'll re-listen to his podcasts.
With the proceeds from these posters, funds were pushed past the organizers' goal! Yeah! That's for you, Robin, Leonard, Remi (my buddy adopted from Rocket Dog Rescue) and all the dogs and cats who still need our help.
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.
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: BenWalker.BigCartel.com
Grab them while they are still available and cheap!
There is ONE film that sums up my youth. My brother and I watched this one over and over, more than Star Wars, more than Raiders, even more than Pee Wee's Big Adventure. It's still a Christmas tradition in our home:
Better Off Dead
Sunday Feb. 8th SFSketchfest is hosting a live read of the script by creator Savage Steve Holland and (much of) the original cast like Curtis Armstrong, Kim Darby, Diane Franklin, Amanda Wyss plus super-cool understudies like Eddie Pepitone and Jon Heder! I managed to get myself involved with this event, drawing this here poster. It will be available at the show along with prints of my other Better Off Dead artwork, including a surprise piece that will be revealed at the event!
Tickets are still available through SFSketchfest.com
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!
There are wardrobe basics and then there is the loincloth. The loincloth is as basic as it gets. The wearer says to the world, "OK fine! You don't have to see my genitals anymore."
It is commonly believed that moths eat fabric but that is not exactly true. Actually, it is moth larvae (young) who turned your favorite jeans into a loincloth.