Highlights from 2016 SF Sketchfest

Wow, I've been so busy with projects (and a case of comedy-nerd flu) that I'm just now able to take a minute and re-cap the highlights from SF Sketchfest

I kinda wanted to see every show put on by SF Skefchfest. Even when I'm selling posters for a show, I'm not always able to see the performance. But there was no way I was going to miss Maria Bamford! To my delight I got the green light to make a poster and come to her shows.

This had to be the busiest week of my life. Just after finishing the poster and play bill for the Waiting For Guffman screening I took three days to figure out the Maria Bamford poster (that includes a day or so of sketching concepts that went in all sorts of un-helpful directions), then I had two days to create the poster for the Bob's Burgers Tribute show. Saturday night was Picture This! at the Eureka Theatre. I drew live accompanying comedian, Amy Miller. I made the poster for that show too (below).

Oh, and in the middle of all this, I spent Friday night drawing caricatures of party-goers at the Edwardian Ball.

Check out all the SF Sketchfest posters and some rough sketches.

The final concept started out as pencil sketches based on Bamford's wig-wearing pugs. 

The artwork was "inked" and colored in Manga Studio. I had a lot of fun playing with the half-tone dot capabilities of the program. I've been looking for a way to add tone this way for like ten years! Super easy. Next time I won't go so subtle with it.

For the Bob's Burger Tribute poster I wanted to see how well I'd do drawing everyone on-model (meaning it could fit with the artwork on the show). Wow, that's tough. 

Once I had an idea of what everyone is doing in the "scene" I drew each character on it's own sheet of tracing paper. That's the hard part, then they're scanned, inked and colored in Manga Studio. The text was done in Illustrator. I tried to keep the text pretty basic to stay with the placemat menu look.

Picture This! was a lot of fun! Every comedian and artist involved in the show is my new best friend. The artwork for the poster was done entirely in Manga Studio. I bought the program a few months ago and can't praise it enough! So much better than Illustrator or Photoshop for drawing and coloring flat artwork like this. Oh and it's hella cheap. I bought it on special for $15 bucks!

Thanks for reading and I'll see you next year at SF Sketchfest! Big thank you to Cole Stratton, Janet Varney, Dave Owen, Sam Valera, Brandie Posey, Maria Bamford (and management), all the folks that make Bob's Burgers, Lauren Bouchard, Bento Box, Christopher Guest, Bob Balaban, Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Kevin Pollak!

More comedy show posters & merch on the way!

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