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


2014-07-20 CAM Cartoon Lab: Creating Action Heroes! @cartoon art museum

Cartoon Lab - Creating Action Heroes!

An intermediate workshop focusing on designing daring men and women of action! But don’t forget, every hero needs an arch enemy! This class will teach the difference between design and body language for heroes and villains and poise them for epic face-offs!

Featured skills: costume design / layout / anatomy / figure construction / pose

 Intermediate level art workshop for youth ages 12 to 16 who want to push their creative skills in new directions. The workshop feature more focused lessons and a smaller class size. The perfect workshop for young artists who love to draw and want to take their art to the next level.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
When: July 20, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $35 per-student – $30 members *
Ages 12 to 16 years old
Limit 10 students per-workshop

Students are invited to bring their sketchbook/portfolio of their work. Supplies provided/Museum Admission Included.



2014-07-20 Parent/Child Cartooning Class: SUPERHEROES! at the Cartoon Art Museum

Parent+Child CLASS: Let’s draw Superheroes!


A fun introduction of easy to draw heroes. Parents will collaborate with their children to create their own superheroes!
Parent+Child classes let’s Kids and Adults* come together for a fun, fast paced cartooning class that emphasizes collaboration and experimentation.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
Times: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
When: Sunday, July 20th – Heroes and Villains Day
Cost: $10 per person no matter what age
Age: *For kids ages 7 to 12 and their responsible parent or guardian (18+). Please no more then 2 kids per adult! Sorry, Adults must have a child with them to attend.


Supplies provided/Museum Admission Included.

(taught by artist Brian Kolm –

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