I’ve done the poster for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Winterfest party a few years in a row. It’s a fundraiser/party/art auction with great people, great beer, and great art.

It’s always really important to get a wintery feel for the poster. Here’s the sketch I started with:

The SFBC gave this the green light right away, with the caveat that they preferred a modern font, since we had done a more retro-look in a previous year. This reminded me that I have always loved the hand-drawn type from my favorite film of all time, Dr. Strangelove, created by the film’s designer, Pablo Ferro. Here’s an example:

There is a nice computer typeface inspired by this lettering, but when I posted a link to this font on my Facebook page, my friend Alastair Johnston made an interesting comment. Why not draw the type yourself? Who needs a computer font for this effect?

So for this poster, I hand drew the type, inspired by Ferro’s Strangelove font, but with my own added elements a few choice curlyques and such and I think it came out much better than it would have otherwise!

I also created the artwork for the pint glass that will be available. Pay $20, get a pint glass and all the beer you can drink.

And then, since I felt I hadn’t done enough work already for Winterfest, I also created a painting that will be part of the art auction:

It’s called “Return of the Scorcher,” which of course is the name of a fantastic documentary by Ted White. This film, about the rise of global bicycling culture was made in the late eighties or early nineties, and featured a brief story about bicyclists in China who pile up at intersections until they have enough bikes to achieve a “critical mass,” and thus gain right of way. This little anecdote gave the name to a social bike ride that was at that time brand new, and has now been going strong in San Francisco and hundreds of other cities around the world for 18 years!

Drop by Winterfest tonight get a beer, and maybe bid on some fantastic art!