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!