SF Sketchfest

SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco comedy festival is back! I was asked to do something special for the screening of Waiting for Guffman. OK! Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest, Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Kevin Pollak were on-hand for a Q&A session after the movie. I wish I could have seen any of that, but it was cool hanging out in the lobby of the Castro too...I met Parker Posey! So there is that. 

I printed a run of 100 and they nearly sold out. Posters come with a "program" for Red White and Blaine. 

Cobb's Comedy Club: Green Room portraits

This time last year I made a proclamation. I only want to work on stuff that I love. I want to be involved in comedy. I didn't really know how specifically I would wedge my Chuck Taylor into this world. I just started showing up at the clubs and open mics in San Francisco. At some point I realized I should email some comedy clubs (and SF Sketchfest) to see if they could use some show posters (Tip: It helps to attach a poster that's finished and ready to help them make money!) It's kinda nuts how quickly things have moved since then. After getting to know the folks at Cobb's Comedy club and Punch Line, they asked me to help them redecorate the green room at Cobb's with a series of caricatures. These are the comedians who left us too soon. So I launched into painting these iconic comics in watercolor and inks. 

When I was first commissioned, I had visions of these pieces being ultra-simplified Hirschfeld-esqe caricature. But strangely enough they are turning out to look more like my drawings. Oh well, the world already has Hirschfeld-esque drawings. They were drawn by Al Hirschfeld.

Check out the first seven comedians.

Greg Giraldo

Joan Rivers

Mitch Hedberg

Redd Foxx

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.