Otafest 2022

Sketch Drive Application

Calgary Telus Convention Centre

May 21 - 22, 2022


May 21

Open to Public
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


May 22

Open to Public
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

COVID-19 Safety

  1. Please see Otafest’s COVID-19 policies.
  2. Artists will be assigned a table at the beginning of their first shift and will be required to use only that table for the duration of the festival. Table spacing will be increased relative to previous years so that adequate social distancing can be maintained.
  3. If masking requirements are still in place during the festival, patrons who are wanting to get a portrait of themselves may remove their mask long enough for a photo to be taken on a cell phone for the artist to use as a reference.

How Sketch Drive Works

Sketch Drive is located just outside the Exhibitor Hall, in the pre-function space.

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.

Application & Selection

An online application for Sketch Drive can be found at the bottom of this page. Potential candidates will be contacted via email and invited to attend an audition.

Sketch Drive artists must be able to work a minimum of 2 shifts over the course of the festival; each shift is 2 hours long.


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:

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

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.

* The audition is mandatory for all new Sketch Drive artists.


A $20 fee (+ GST) is required for all confirmed Sketch Drive artists.

This fee will cover the following: