Day 45: Diondre Cole, host of What Up With That? Played by Kenan Thompson, who is absolutely one of my favorite cast members. There are so many absurd pieces in this sketch, but I think my favorite will always be Jason Sudeikis dancing in the background in his red tracksuit.
Day 44: Macgruber! I enjoyed this sketch series way more than I probably should have, considering the premise is brief, the sketches were only about a minute long, and parodied a show that had been off the air for 20 years. Still… Macgruber!!!!
Day 43: Debbie Downer. Again, not having seen a ton of SNL when it was airing during this period, I missed out on some great characters. I’ve since gone back to watch some old Debbie Downers, though, and they are hilarious. Her obsession with feline AIDS, mixed with the fact that the actors had such a tough time keeping straight faces make this another iconic character.
Day 42: Will Ferrell as Harry Caray. What’s your favorite planet? Mine’s the sun. This is one of those impersonations that, for me, is more memorable than the actual person. Sorry, Cubs fans.
Day 19: Queen Amidala
Day 17: Captain Needa
Day 20: Qui-Gon Jinn
Day 18: Admiral Ozzel
Day 16: Max Rebo
The fourth batch of Star Wars art. I liked the Max Rebo Band poster a lot in this series. But I’m also pleased to have started the Force-Choke series. Once I come back to Star Wars, I’ll have to add Admiral Motti and Director Krennic to the list.
Day 41: Mary Katherine Gallagher. I didn’t watch a ton of Saturday Night Live during the late 90’s – early 2000’s, so I didn’t catch a lot of MKG, but Molly Shannon truly threw herself into this character. This one is simple colors under pencils.
Day 40: Matt Foley. Chris Farley’s motivational speaker character who lives in a van down by the river was always funny, but nothing will ever top that first appearance, where David Spade and Christina Applegate can’t keep it together. I forgot how many great lines there were in just this one sketch. Again this piece is very loose, with layered opaque markers. I added the motion lines to capture the energy that Farley brought to this character.
Day 39: Dieter. Mike Myers’ black clad host of the German chat show, Sprockets was another silly favorite of mine. Though the recurring sketch was funny, the short film, Dieter’s Dream might go down as one of my all-time favorite sketches. If I come back to SNL, I may have to draw Phil Hartman’s character, Susan, from that sketch.
Day 38: Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer. One of my all-time favorite characters from one of my all-time favorite SNL cast members. Phil Hartman was such an amazing talent, and the premise behind this character is just so overtly silly. For this one I used primarily (digital) colored pencils, layered in a loose sketchy style.
Day 37: Wayne’s World. This sketch and the movie were such a massive part of my childhood. I’m actually surprised at how popular these characters became. I thought I would sketch different Mike Myers and Dana Carvey characters (Dieter and Church Lady, respectively), but this being the 25th anniversary of the film, I had to do it.