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 – AtomicBearPress.com)


2014-07-13 FINAL ANIMATION! Parent and Child/Cartoon Lab Cartooning Class 2014: Animation

Nation Film Board of Canada
I am teaching a series of classes at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco on Sunday this July 2014. Last week was drawing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Parents and Kids and todays class was an animation theme. We have two type of classes avalible, one for both Parents and Kids together and one that is just for pre-teen to teens. Both are on the same theme for the day. Below are the videos we created today and some notes on how we achieved them.

The upcoming classes for both the Parent/Child class and the Cartoon Lab are… (sign-up LINK Parent/Child) or (sign-up LINK Cartoon Lab)

- July 20 2014 Superheroes
- July 27 Role Playing game (RPG) inspired fantasy characters

note: at this writing I am teaching all the workshops in the series since the other instructor has a new opportunity. The ticket/sign-up pages might not reflect this.

The videos below are from the two classes today with an Animation Theme. Both of them use a new iOS software running on an iPad from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to create stop-motion/time-lapse animation. The NFB StopMo Studio is an easy to use app that I was able to start using fairly quickly with out a whole lot of a learning curve. The videos were completely done in the app with no other tools used.

In the past I have used iStopmotion for both my iMac computer and on iOS devices too. It’s a fairly robust program with a bit more control for a more advanced user, but the NFB software really worked out well for me.

- Easy to use Cut, Copy and Paste function
- Simply to add audio, music and sound effects on 4 different channels.
- Add title cards with pre-formated styles (called “inter-titles”)
- Use a photo for a background on a title card.
- Export to your Camera Roll or to Vimeo/Cloud Backup
- Fade between live camera and footage taken.
- Insert photos from your camera roll.
- Insert solid colored frames

Features I would like to see:
- Multiple frame onion skinning (view ghosted images of multiple previous frames)
- Custom title fonts and mixing of text sizes
- Use photos or custom solid colors as background for title cards
- More export options for video size and quality w/ youTube support

This first video is from the Parent/Child cartooning class. We did some stopmotion with toys as well as people and did some 2D drawn animation on a white board.

CAM 2014 – Parent and Child class: Awesomeness 2014 from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

For our Cartoon Lab we also did similar exercise, but the students all did drawn animation on sticky notes.

CAM 2014 – Cartoon Lab: Ow! from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.


#dailydrawing #people num 29 to 32

Here are the last 3 drawings of my people themed sketchbook. This is the end of this sketchbook with another to follow.

This character was inspired by some photos I took at the Big Wow Comic Fest in San Jose CA, last month.
06-02-2014 #dailydrawing #people captain-time-demon

This first drawing is a favorite. I really like how the face came out. Inspired by a photo of swing band leader, Lee Press-On taken on New Years eve. I imagine this character as a city dweller who has moved to the country, possibly to escape the law, but is not cut out to work the land.
06-03-2014 #dailydrawing #people slick farmer

This drawing is purely made-up. I imagine her as a priestess with mystical powers.
06-11-2014 #dailydrawing people mystery women

and last, but not lease a drawing for Fathers Day of my dad. I don’t remember ever drawing him, so this is a first. I will have to draw him a few more times to lock down the likeness.
06-15-2014 #dailydrawing people Happy Fathers Day


2014-06-23 Chabot Kids on Campus – Cartooning the Supernatural

I am back this summer teaching two more weeks at Chabot Colleges Kids on Campus. Find out about registering HERE

Class: Cartooning the Supernatural
When: 06/23/14 to 06/26/14 (4 days) – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Cost: Tuition: $75.00
Location : Chabot College, Hayward CA


2014-06-15 Chabot Kids on Campus – Cartooning Heroes and Villains

I am back this summer teaching two more weeks at Chabot Colleges Kids on Campus. Find out about registering HERE

Class: Cartooning: Heroes & Villains
When: 06/16/14 to 06/19/14 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Cost: Tuition: $75.00
Location : Chabot College, Hayward CA

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