#dailydrawings #lostRPG drawings no 14 to 22

Ah, it’s good to be back posting new drawings here on the blog. The days are hot, but will soon transition into the cool, crisp days of autumn. Can’t wait!

First off is the Wash Witch, drawn while tabling at SF Zinefest.
08-30-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG wash witch

Next we have The Big Sneak, another drawing I did while at SF Zinefest…
08-31-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG the Big Sneak

This was drawn at the Oakland Drink and Draw group which I have been super enjoying. One of the groups founders, Justin was drawing a beautiful thistle, and so it inspired this character.
09-03-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG the Thisard

Next we have the Snake-Cat-Women. I have not come up with a name for her yet…
09-03-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG snake-cat-women

I took a recent trip to Yosemite and came up with this character while sitting around the campfire. The drawing is a bit rough since it was hard to see…
09-07-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG the Mountain Man

Next is Big Mike the giant Squirrel. Inspired partially from a fellow artists new iPad game
09-07-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG Big Mike

Another drawing done while camping, inspired by the classic camp lantern…
09-07-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG Lantern-X

My last character I came up with while camping. It’s a cross between a (Smoky) bear and a (Woodsy) owl. He protects the forest and also will kill you with his fire breath. Meet Woomsky!
09-08-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG Woomsky, the environment owl-bear

Last, but not least is Flowraa, the flower warrior.
09-18-2014 #dailydrawing #lostRPG Flowraa


2014-10-04 APE: Cartoon Calisthenics with Brian Kolm – 12-1pm

The Alternative Press Expo (usually referred too as APE) is fast approaching, October 4th and 5th. That means Art. That means Comics. That means a new location. And of course that means that I am teaching a fun workshop from 12pm to 1pm on Saturday October 4th!

12-1pm Cartoon Calisthenics with Brian Kolm:  Artists of all levels are invited to start their day at APE off right with healthy and fun cartooning challenges and exercises with artist and teacher Brian Kolm ( No need to wear your sparkly sweatsuit (unless that’s your thing), just bring yourself and be ready to draw!

What: APE 2014 – Alternative Press Expo
When: Oct. 4-5, 2014 – Saturday: 11:00–7:00 – Sunday: 11:00–6:00
Where: Fort Mason Center
Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94123

See more at:

The classes are going to be pretty great, so here is a list of all of them. They are subject to change of course.


12-1pm Cartoon Calisthenics with Brian Kolm:  Artists of all levels are invited to start their day at APE off right with healthy and fun cartooning challenges and exercises with artist and teacher Brian Kolm ( No need to wear your sparkly sweatsuit (unless that’s your thing), just bring yourself and be ready to draw!

1-2pm Inking for Reluctant Inkers with Mark Haven Britt: Inking is an intregal part of comics. For some it’s easy, for others it’s terrifying. If you’re looking to move past Microns and incorporate old school inking in your work, you should definitely attend. In this seminar basic techniques, such as using a nib, drawing a straight line with a brush, spattering and masking will be covered. Learn some basic exercises/games to improve dexterity will be preformed. Strategies to get over fears of “screwing up the drawing” and focus on the decisive fun of completing the drawing will be discussed. Inking can be incredibly fun.

2-3pm PoetryComics with Cara Goldstein: Great poems make great comics. In this class, we will explore the balance of words and images, while looking at poetic cartoonists such as Gabrielle Bell, Hope Larson, Nate Powell, Lilli Carre’ and Craig Thompson. We will also read pieces in Dave Morice’s book PoetryComics, which covers poems by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Shakespeare. All levels of drawing and writing welcome.

3-4pm Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics with Jason Thompson (Manga: The Complete Guide, Otaku USA). Draw the world’s greatest comics…in just five minutes! Mangaka is a fast-paced new Kickstarter card game for artists and storytellers where every round involves drawing cards and drawing comics. Fulfill your Obsessions, follow Trends, avoid Impairments, and compete with your fellow players to tell the greatest comic stories imaginable, even if you can’t even draw a stick figure! For fans of manga, graphic novels, webcomics and anyone with a sense of humor. Pens, paper and cards provided.

4-5pm Getting into Character with Andy Ristaino: How do you take a basic concept and turn it into an unforgettable character? Emmy Award winning designer Andy Ristaino (Night of the Living Vidiots, Adventure Time) has created hundreds of characters for comics and animation, and he’ll guide you through his process as workshop participants develop new characters in this action-packed adventure hour.

5-6pm Hip-Hop Heroes with Age Scott: For 20 years, Age Scott (Won and Phil) has been pushing boundaries and taking risks with his comics, exploring music, pop culture, and other non-traditional subject matter. In this workshop, Age will discuss his experiences as a creator and the importance of working outside the mainstream.


11am-12pm: Covering All the Angles with Gene Hamm: Animator Gene Hamm (The Smurfs, Gumby, Hell Toupee) will discuss character design and teach you how to visualize your creations from multiple angles.

12-1pm Women Write Epic Characters! with Betsy Streeter and Bridgett Spicer Fictional characters sometimes seem to defy the laws of time with their endless adventures. When or how does a character age? How do their personalities and relationships develop? Two women creators who cover a lot of ground from novels to comic strips to serial stories will share their thoughts and experiences, and ask you about yours! The instructors for this workshop are Betsy Streeter, science fiction novelist and creator of Neptune Road, and Bridgett Spicer, creator of Squid Row.

1-2pm Tablet Talk with Caryn Louise Leschen: Professor Caryn Louise Leschen (University of San Francisco) covers the basics of making comics on your iPad and other handheld devices.

2-3pm Danièle Archambault presents E-book Publishing 101: Linguist and cartoonist Danièle Archambault (Stairway Stories, Québec-California, Life On Their Own) shares with you her experience of self-publishing a multi-touch E-book.  Get tips on conversion tools, file formatting, publishing options, pricing and navigating the process without losing your mind or spending a lot of money.  Please visit for more of her comics and art.

3-4pm The Latino Comics Expo Hour with Ricardo Padilla: Join Latino Comics Expo co-founder Ricardo Padilla as he discusses diversity in comics, conventions, publishing and promotions.

4-5pm Graphic Humor 101 with Jonathan Lemon: Join award-winning cartoonist Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic) for a crash course in graphic humor and the fundamentals of comedy in this laugh-packed workshop.


Animated stage background

This June and July I had a full load of teaching at libraries in places as close as San Francisco and as far away as Santa Rosa. AND in August I was focused on working on graphics for the Performing Arts Night for the youth center I teach at. I teach a digital class and so I was responsible for filling the screen behind the performers with imagery.

One of the most elaborate videos I did was the one posted below. The performer asked for “after the rain” and so my first thought was a view looking from a urban/concrete building at the rain drenched plaza.

The first video has a lot of elements in place with the 3D elements done in Blender3D (the building, ground, railing) with the 2D elements were added in After Effects (rain, splashes, mist, and the buildings).

B05 After the Rain from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

And here is the final version…

B05 Rain (background video) from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

I was really pleased at the final result.


#dailydrawing #RPG Drawings 6 to 13

Hey, I am back after a very busy Summer of art making and teaching!

Here are some of my latest Daily Drawings with my theme of “The Lost RPG Souce Book”! Back in the days of Dungeons and Dragons (and still today, too) there were numerous books that were published for a Role Playing Game that would give more information on Creatures, Spells, and other elements that can enhance ones game. That is where the name for these fantasy characters came from.

Now, on with the art.

First off is a missing drawing (No. 3) from the last batch (LINK). Seems I forgot to take a picture of one of the characters. This is a Furomobie (Furry+Zombie). It’s basically a well-meaning zombie in a big furry animal costume. This is one of the few drawings so far with note on it.

07-11-2014 Furombie

Here we have Captain Pepalt, the captain of the town guards.

07-20-2014 Captain Pepalt

Next up is the King Slug Mage. The most handsome slug in town!

07-26-2014 King Slug Mage

Here we have the champion of good health and safety, Safe-T Women.

-08-16-2014 Safe-T Lady

This fella is Bob Wizz-Bang, the town fool…who carries a weapon. I guess in reality he would be pretty scary.

08-24-2014 1 Bob Wizz-Bang

This fast food inspired lady is Madame Jackie Donna.

08-24-2014 2 Madame Jackie Donna

Next is the a magical construct, King Flame Head. A magical construct is sort of a fantasy version of a robot.

08-26-2014 King Flame Head

And last, but not least is the warrior Wind Flower.

08-27-2014 Wind Flower

Fun Fact: Many of the drawings are inspired by object that were around me while drawing. Can you tell if and what they were.


2014-08-30 SF Zinefest 2014 – Table #74 – FREE ADMISSION

San Francisco Zine Fest
Hey all, sorry to be late to post this, but I will be exhibiting at the San Francisco Zinefest this holiday weekend, August 30 and 31. I will be sharing table #74 with the uber awesome Mark Simmons. Come on down and pick up comics, sketchbooks, prints and original art.

It’s a fun convention with a heavy DIY vibe, and it’s FREE admission.

When: August 30 – 11am to 5pm
August 31st – 11am to 4pm
Where: San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
(in Golden Gate Park)
Price: FREE

San Francisco Zine Fest


Motion Comic Magic – Comic and Picture book trailers

Motion Comic Magic

Hey all. Time for a post of trailers for publications that animate the art created for them.

First off is this trailer for QUEST by Aaron Becker. I believe Aaron actually did the animation for this book trailer himself which features mapping the artwork mapped to 3D shapes to add depth. Very slick. Find out more at

QUEST by Aaron Becker (official trailer) from Aaron Becker on Vimeo

Next is Prince of Persia—”Dinarzad’s Tale” motion comic, created by the Vancover Canada animation studio Sequence. They have done a whole lot more that can be seen on their Vimeo page. The lovely art is by Niko Henrichon who also illustrated The Pride of Baghdad.

Prince of Persia—”Dinarzad’s Tale” motion comic from Sequence on Vimeo.

Next of is the Astonishing X-Men – Motion Comic Reel by Atomic Cartoons. This is nice since it really gives you a lot of samples as well as the limitations of animating art that was created for a comic book.

Astonishing X-Men – Motion Comic Reel from Darren Bachynski on Vimeo.

First-Second books has been making trailers for their comics longer then most American Publishers have and this one for The Shadow Hero from Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew is excellent. It combines art from the comic with new animation to make a slick introduction to the work.


2014-08-09 Circus Sketch-A-Thon at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco CA

I will be FREE drawing circus drawings at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday 9th, 2014. Come by and say ‘Hi’.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St. San Francisco CA
When: Saturday August 9, 2014
Time: 11:30am to 5:00pm

Join the museum on Saturday August 9th as we celebrate the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus coming to the Bay Area August 14th through September 1st. Visit the museum and get a circus themed sketch from one of our local artists, enter in a chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to Legends Bay Area Tour, have fun with activity sheets, bookmarks, clown noses, and temporary tattoos! This event is free and open to the public.


#DAILYDRAWINGS #RPG #characters (#1 to #5)

After a short hiatus, it’s time to start a new sketch-book (32 pages/ 32 drawings) with a new theme. This book of Daily Drawings is with an RPG (Role Playing Games) theme, sort of inspired by fantasy games like Dungeons and Dragons. This is my 4th mini-sketchbook of 2014 BTW.

Each drawing will be my attempt to create a new type of character that you might find in a fantasy world game. Some will be inspired with classic tropes, and some (I Hope) will be original ideas out of the ol’ head.

So here we go…

#1 – First up it’s the Battle Chef. Making fancy pastries has never been more exciting and dangerous.
note: Since this is the first page, there is room to put a title. I have not come up with one yet.

2014-07-10 #dailydrawing #RPG Battle-Chef

#2 – Next up is the all-seeing Detective. This character is inspired by the classic D&D monster, the Beholder. But now it is a detective and master-of-disguise.

2014-07-10 #dailydrawing #RPG All Seeing Detective

#3 – Here is the Duck Wrangler, there job is to make sure the royal ducks do not get lost or eaten by predators.

2014-07-13 #dailydrawing #RPG Duck Wrangler

#4 – BEHOLD, the DARK LORD MR FLUFFY CUDDLES! It might look like an adorable creature, but that is the way they trick young girls into being their slaves. Do not trust it! do not hug it! do not cuddle it! Run Away!

2014-07-14 #dailydrawing #RPG Dark Lord Fluffy Cuddles

#5 – Last, but not least is the Desert Mage. I drew this fellow based on a cactus. He is prickly, but resilient.

2014-07-16 #dailydrawing #RPG Desert Mage

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