Sketch Drive

If you are:

  • Comfortable sketching people
  • Familiar with sketching basic anatomy, mainly facial features
  • Can complete a sketch in approximately 15 minutes
  • Creative and passionate about sketching
  • Looking to improve your drawing skills while meeting new artists in the community
  • Looking to give back to the community


Then don’t miss the opportunity to join the Otafest Sketch Drive Team!

How Sketch Drive Works

Sketch Drive is located just outside Otafest’s Exhibitor Hall.

Otafest attendees can get a personal or group portrait/caricature sketch for a small fee.

50% of each sketch is donated to a reputable charity which is chosen yearly as part of Otafest’s charity event. The other 50% goes to the Sketch Drive artist. Artists will be paid out at the end of each day based on the number of sketches they have completed.

Sketch Drive Schedule


May 19

Open to Public
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM


May 20

Open to Public
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM


May 21

Open to Public
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Application Process

An online application for Sketch Drive can be found at the bottom of this page. Applications will open January 16, 2023 and close February 26, 2023. Potential candidates will be contacted via email and invited to attend the audition.


Candidates will be notified of the date and time via email. During the audition, the artists will meet the Sketch Drive staff and will have the opportunity to convey any questions or concerns. Auditions will be conducted digitally via Discord or Zoom. 

The audition will take approximately 1 hour and consists of the following 3 sketches:

  1. Artists will have 15 minutes to produce an upper body sketch of a model in any style that they are comfortable with.
  2. Artists will have 15 minutes to produce an upper body sketch of a model in a(n) anime/comic/chibi style.
  3. Artists will have 15 minutes to produce a sketch of an anime character.

Artists will need to be able to submit the sketches digitally within a time limit after the 15 minutes (cell phone photos are fine if you don’t have a scanner). 

The sketches will be collected and reviewed by the Sketch Drive staff, the audition results will be e-mailed to each artist.

If you need to contact us, you can send an email to

The audition is mandatory for all new Sketch Drive artists. Returning artists are not required to audition.


A $20 (+GST) fee is required for all accepted Sketch Drive artists. This fee will cover the following:


Hall Map

The map will be available here once we have confirmed our layout with the venue.