Jan
21
2015

2015 – Schedule Brian Kolm for classes, workshops, demonstrations, and events!

I am filling up my calendar for teaching and events for 2015, so now’s the time. You can find out more HERE!

CLASSES and WORKSHOPS are great for students of any age or skill level to learn about art and cartooning!

DEMONSTRATIONS and EVENTS are great ways to entertain your guests and have them learn about art and cartooning too!

At Libraries, Schools, Museums and Events of all sorts! Birthday Parties! Grand Openings! Holidays! Family Fun Days!

Jan
21
2015

MotionComicMagic.com – WIP Motion Illustrations “Hero of Ink”

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation

NOTE: If you are reading this in an email or other source that dose not show the embedded video, please visit the post at the link above or you can click on the separate video links where they should be seen.

Back in 2010 I did a series of illustrations specifically to experiment with the Motion-Comic/Animatic techniques to animate them. The problem is that I always got side tracked with life, work and other things. But with the release of some new add ons and techniques for After Effects I decided to go and work on it some more in 2015. Here is where I am so far with it.

2010: The original drawings are done with Brush and Ink and then scanned into the computer. I then took the images and put them together in a story reel/animatic (an animated storyboard with nothing more then basic camera moves) to get an idea of story and timing. The story is pretty simple, Superhero makes a glowing women with science, she rejects him and he is left alone. It’s not really much of a story, but it works enough to play with.

2011: I then started to add bits of motion and effects to shape the whole project. Here we see a later version that includeds limited animation and timing (from 4 years ago).

“inky hero” test 1 from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

2012: Here I have added some color to a few scenes and improved and added more animation on the drawings. You can see a small frame at/in the top of the movie that contains the original version I did that I use as an animatic.

Test 5-28-12 from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

2015: In the last few years I have explored more the art of adding Inverse Kinematics (IK) to 2d figures in After Effects. IK is a technique to add realistic motion to a figure your animating, having the joints bend naturally by just moving the end of a limb.

I had used one version of the tool which did some amazing things, but it still was hard to use so I only played with it ‘off-n-on’. But then last year (2014) I tried the DUIK add on for After Effects by Nicolas Dufresne which was easier for me to use and FREE as well. It allowed me to work with IK much faster and easier, not to mentioned it included other cool animation tools too.

So in the next two versions from this year you will see more motion and color added from the previous uploaded version.

NOTE: These two videos have built in captions on what changes I did or want to make. Simply click the CC button on the bottom right corner. It looks like this … Includes Close Caption text on the video

In this video I have added animation of the character walking to the second scene using the IK tools and the last two scenes now have the hero’s body ‘crumple’ over with sadness (at least that is the effect I am going for).

WIP: TEST 1-13-15 with notes from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

In this last video there are more changes too. I now have added animation of the superhero’s body as he flies around in the first scene, his reaction to her fear of him, and the result of her dissolving back into nothingness.

WIP: TEST 1-16-15 with notes from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

The Future: I definitely need to tweak scenes and the overall timing, but I really happy how it’s changed since I started playing with it 4 years ago. There are so many more folks pushing the tools in exciting ways that I am sure the best is yet to come.

AND

The tool I have been using for Inverse Kinematics…DUIK is raising money to fund a big update to the software through the crowdfunding site IndyGoGo. The money will go to strengthen the tools and keep it free for anyone to use. If you are interested, check it out. This is a tool I really like to use and can recommend.

Dec
31
2014

Video: Happy Holiday Dancing Alien!

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Lantern and Light festivals.

Here is a dancing alien (without music, sorry) to help you celebrate what ever you are celebrating.

Holiday Alien 2014 from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

Note: The alien was drawn in photoshop and animated with the DUIK free add-on for Adobe After Effects. DUIK
is really pretty awesome. The art was distorted to have the head turn.

Dancing Holiday Alien

Dec
13
2014

2012-12-30 Parent+Child Cartooning – Let’s Draw Superheroes @ Cartoon Art Museum

I am teaching one our our favorite subjects…Super Heroes!

Parent+Child CLASS: Let’s draw Superheroes!
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2pm to 3:30pm
Advance Reservations: http://guestli.st/302943
A fun introduction to easy-to-draw heroes and villains. Parents will collaborate with their children to create their own superheroes!

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
Times: 11:30am to 1pm or 2pm to 3:30pm
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.

Dec
13
2014

2014-12-30 Parent+Child Cartooning – Crazy Caricature Makeover @Cartoon Art Museum

Join me for my new class over winter break…

Parent+Child CLASS: Crazy Caricature Makeover
Date: Tuesday December 30, 11:30am to 1pm
Advance Reservations: http://guestli.st/302943
Learn to draw a cartoon likeness of yourself or someone you know in our workshop on caricatures. It’s a fun parent and child class that will teach you how to take a real life person and exaggerate and transform them into a cartoon character.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
Times: 11:30am to 1pm or 2pm to 3:30pm
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.

Dec
13
2014

2014-12-26 Parent+Child Cartooning – Clip Art Comics @ Cartoon Art Museum

This ‘crafty’ cartooning class should be a hoot. Join me on Dec 26…

Parent+Child CLASS: Clip-Art Comics
Date: Friday December 26, 2pm to 3:30pm
Advance Reservations: http://guestli.st/302934
We’ll get out our glue sticks and scissors to make comic strips with wacky clip art. Kids and their Adults will learn the concepts behind telling a short joke or story then how to use pre-existing art to bring it to life. No drawing skills required!

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
Times: 11:30am to 1pm or 2pm to 3:30pm
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.

Dec
13
2014

2014-12-26 Partent+Child Cartooning – Draw the Boxtrolls @ Cartoon Art Museum

I am teaching a fun class for both Parents and Children to draw together…

Parent+Child CLASS: Draw the Boxtrolls
Date: Friday December 26, 11:30am to 1pm
Advance Reservations: http://guestli.st/302934
Inspired by our Art of The Boxtrolls exhibit, learn to draw the animated stars of the delightful film from LAIKA Studios. Parents and Kids will work together to draw these mysterious and funny creatures and then have a chance to design their own Boxtrolls.

Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St, San Francisco CA
Times: 11:30am to 1pm or 2pm to 3:30pm
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.

Parent+Child Cartooning 2014

Nov
25
2014

2014-12-20 Paper Toy Tiki-Gnomes at the Cartoon Art Museum

You can find me at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday December 20th selling my Snownan book and making these paper-toy Tiki-Gnomes. There are plans afoot for some holiday fun for those who come to the museum to escape the hussle and bussel out in the world.

More details are on the way, but the event so far is…

Where: Cartoon Art Museum
When: Saturday December 20th, 2014, from 11:30 to 5pm.

Paper Toy prototype 2014

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