Brian

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Date registered: October 18, 2017

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  1. #inktober 2017 – week 01 – drawings 1 to 7 — October 15, 2017
  2. #inktober 2017 challenge introduction — October 8, 2017
  3. #DailyDrawings : My Mash-Up Round-Robin Sketchbook SUPERPOST part 02 — October 8, 2017
  4. #DailyDrawings : My Mash-Up Round-Robin Sketchbook SUPERPOST part 01 — September 5, 2017
  5. 2017-04-22 Drawing for the Cartoon Art Museum at Silicone Vally Comic-Con #svcc — April 21, 2017

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Oct
15
2017

#inktober 2017 – week 01 – drawings 1 to 7

inktober 2017 material

inktober logo inkAs I mentioned on my first #inktober post my unusual plan to make a series of ink drawings that would be part of a long panorama, well here is the first seven of them.

First off Inktober is…

31 Days 31 Drawings

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

— Jake Parker, creator of Inktober

Before the challenge started I came up with a basic concept, a seed to start my art adventure. With halloween approaching and the release of the horror movie ‘It’ I decided my main character would be a clown. It seems to be a common idea that lots of folks feel clowns are ‘creepy’ and ‘scary’, but I don’t feel that way so I chose that my character would be a heroic clown.

I started coming up with clown designs till I found one that I like.

These are drawn with something new(er) for me, a mechanical pencil with red colored leads. I was inspired by another artist drawings and how their red underdrawing were able to give a bit more warms then the usual blue colored pencil.

Since I am having all my drawing be connected in one long panorama, I always draw/paint the overlapping edge areas so it will be more consistent, but this sometimes means that 1/3 to 1/4 of the next days drawing are done the day before. You can see in the photo below what I mean by this…

I learned after the first few drawings to use some painters tape on the back to hold them together while I work.

For the drawings I start with a light blue mechanical pencil lead and then inking over with black FW brand acrylics ink on Canson XL Mixed Media paper. I eventually added up some cool grey and white acrylic ink as well.

inktober 2017 material

On with the show..

I will show you each drawing separately and then finally how they look when they are lined up, end to end. The separate drawings are hosted on Instagram, where you can see all this years Inktober work HERE ( #inktoberjourneybk2017 ).

With drawing eight I added the FW cool grey acrylic ink that I bought at Artist and Craftsman Supplies. I wanted to get some white, but they were sold out at that time. The Cool Grey ink is interesting in that it needs to be shaken/mixed before and as you use it since the suspended particles seem to break down a bit, but it works beautifully.

With drawing 13 I started using the white FW ink as well, which I picked up at Blick Art Supplies. It seems to be a bit translucent and it needs a heavier use to get it strong white over the grey/black ink.

And now we get to how all the drawings look when lined up. I scanned the drawings and compositing them in Adobe After Affects that I also use to make videos as well. To see a bigger image, right click/control click and select open image in new window/tab!

lineup week- 1 and 2 inktober 2017

Stay tuned for the next update!

 

Oct
08
2017

#inktober 2017 challenge introduction

October is best known for being the start of fall and Halloween, but for a lot of artist it’s also a time for Inktober. Inktober is a simple challenge, to do a drawing with ink every day of the month and then post them online. And this year it seems that ever more artists are on-board for the challenge.

The founder of Inktober, Jake Parker writes

I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.

And I can second those thoughts. I like to use Inktober to not only improve my skills and to challenge what I can do, but to reinvigorate my love for making art.

So, my plan for Inktober 2017 is to create a story presented as a long panorama or scroll with some constraints to attempt if possible. Here is a rough template as to the structure of my drawn landscape, which has altered a bit at the time of this writing.

As you can see in the image (from instagram) is that I want to have the story have actual highs and lows as it builds to the ending. That has changed a bit, but more of that will be revealed in future posts.

So some of the constraints I would like to work with are…

– Cameos of Real People
– Hands and Feet
– Suggesting direction from the layout and design
– Inserted comic panels
– Suggestions from friends and family
– and Wordless Storytelling

You will have to turn into future posts to see what did and did not happen for these as well.

Here is my proof on concept video that has the continues landscape and uses comic panels (not the final story BTW)…

You can see all my Inktober images on Instagram, HERE.

Oct
08
2017

#DailyDrawings : My Mash-Up Round-Robin Sketchbook SUPERPOST part 02

Mash-Up Round-Robin sketchbook 02 zombie

Mash-Up Round-Robin sketchbook 02 zombieThis post continues from the first part of my Mash-Up Round-Robin Sketchbook.

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/briankolm/

For the current sketchbook, I am trying something new. Each drawing is a mix of:

RANDOM THEME with a MASH-UP of elements

+ ELEMENTS for the PREVIOUS DRAWING

= Daily Drawing

 

Before we see the drawings, I have to say that I really enjoyed this challenge. It was nice to have themes and elements to work from and still have the challenge of using them in a unique way. I would recommend this challenge for anyone who feels they need a reason to draw.

So, we’ll start off with this young student of magic who is conjuring a creature from her wand…

For the ‘Space Opera’ drawing the shield from the young girls sweater becomes an actual shield and the creature from the wand becomes a robot/alien sidekick.

This ‘Superhero’ was for classic comic book artist Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday and uses the shield from the previous drawing for a costume insigne.

This ‘Supernatural’ warrior uses the shield design and the pointy ears from the drawing before.

The random theme of “Pulp/Noir” takes our supernatural hero from the day before and turns him into a gargoyle for the detective to find.

My random theme was ‘Mammal’ so I drew the detective from the day before as a tiger.

This drawings theme is ‘Americana’, so I borrowed the tiger (with a gender change) and gave them dapper colonial dress.

For the theme of ‘Circus’ I did a clown, but with a tiger motif inspired from the drawing the day before.

This ‘monster’ uses the clown’s hair and hat of the clown to inspire his horns.

For this ‘Swashbuckler’ I borrowed the shapes of the monster in the previous drawing for the hair and tried to keep their broad shoulders as well.

Here, this ‘Undead’ fella has the pointy ears and similar costume to the Swashbuckler the day before with the turtleneck, collar and cuffs.

For ‘Dystopia’ I borrowed the pipe, hat and collar from the Zombie.

For ‘Toy’ the pipe, sword and hat as well as the bar code on the coat return.

And last, but not least we return to the starting theme of ‘Comic Strip’ and take the potato shape and add elements from Charley Brown and Garfield the cat.

Here are the themes I used in the sketchbook…

THEMES USED IN MY#mashuproundrobinsketchbookSKETCHBOOK [ ] Comic Strip
[ ] Giant Robot/Mecha
[ ] Athletic/Sports
[ ] Plants/Nature
[ ] Super Villain
[ ] Saturday Morning Cartoon
[ ] Vehicles
[ ] High Fantasy
[ ] Fine Arts
[ ] Alien
[ ] Birds
[ ] Japanese
[ ] Pin-Up Girl
[ ] Sea Creature
[ ] Magic School
[ ] Sci-Fi
[ ] Super Hero
[ ] Supernatural
[ ] Noir/Pulp
[ ] Mammal
[ ] Americana
[ ] Circus
[ ] Monster/Creature
[ ] Swashbuckler
[ ] Undead
[ ] Dystopian
[ ] Toy Based
[ ] REPEAT the first pages theme

UNUSED
[ ] Unused: Historical
[ ] Unused: Big City
[ ] Unused: From Life
[ ] Unused: Loony Cartoon

Sep
05
2017

#DailyDrawings : My Mash-Up Round-Robin Sketchbook SUPERPOST part 01

Magic!
Magic!

Magic!

Well, its been a bit since I posted. I know, I know, that is not good. If you have followed me on social media, you know that that the last few years I have tried to do a sketchbook drawing a day and then post it on-line. Sometimes I keep up with it and then sometimes life/work crushes it for a while. But like a weed, I usually spring back.

BTW: Most of my artwork posts have been on Instagram, the photo sharing app/site. It’s really a major center where artwork is being shared, and it’s always full on inspiration. You can find my posts at the link below, but I am going to try to share them here as well.

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/briankolm/

For the current sketchbook, I am trying something new. Each drawing is a mix of:

RANDOM THEME with a MASH-UP of elements

+ ELEMENTS for the PREVIOUS DRAWING

= Daily Drawing

For example, here is my first drawing in this sketchbook. The random theme is ‘Comic Strip’, so I did mash-ups of some iconic comic strip characters. Like mixing characters Charley Brown, Odi the Dog and Garfield the Cat. Doing a mash-up in itself is a fun challenge, but wait for the second drawing…

Here is the second drawing, and the RANDOM theme is…’Giant Robot’. But you can see that the face of the robot looks a bit like my mashup Odi/Garfield, and there is that Charley Brown sweater zig-zag mixed in too. This is something we do as creative folks all the time, but formalized in a sketchbook.

For the third drawing the Random theme was: ‘Sports Player’. So I drew a tennis player, but his shirt has patterns that match/were inspired by the giant robot from before.

Next the textures from the Tennis Players outfit, inspires patterns on this space flower. The random theme was ‘Nature’.

Then the patterns on the Space Flower lead to this ‘Super Villain’ that also mixes in classics like The Joker/Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom. Notice how the wires wrapped around the stem of the flower inform the villains arm design.

Next the Super Villain becomes cute, sort of. The Random theme was ‘Saturday Morning Cartoon’, and so elements of the villain become this little character. This one uses some Watercolor and looks pretty good. Especially the black in the pants.

The next days random theme was ‘Vehicle’, so I drew this car that has graphic elements from the Cartoon Character the day before. The secret is not to use them all, so new elements can be introduced as well.

The next random theme was ‘High Fantasy’ a term people could use for stories like Lord of the Rings. It’s sort of classic, European based fantasy stories and fairy tales. For this one I re-cast the female character as a musketeer. Now a musketeer is not exactly considered high fantasy, but I loved the direction it went, so I kept it they way I sketched it out.

Next up the random theme was ‘Fine Art’ which finds out female hero from the previous day as a lovely statue.

Now the next drawing was a bit more challenging. The theme was ‘Sci-Fi’, but using some elements from the previous day. So I took the scroll designs and used them as costume elements as well at the beads that become a belt, and the pointed collar (sans the lace). This is the first drawing that I decided to scan instead of taking a picture of it with my cel phone. I think the drawing looks a lot nicer, so this will probably become more standard.

Next the aliens color pattern is borrowed for this ‘Bird’ drawing.

And the next random theme of ‘Japan’ brings us a Sumo Wrestler with a some glam thrown in. His glowing yellow hair is the same as the bird as well as the collar of fluffy feathers.

AND we get the bathing suit pattern on this lovely lady from the Sumo Wrestlers ‘diaper’ and her fruit drink is directly inspired from his hair.

and the color pallet inspired this ‘Sea Creature’ Sea Horse. This one I played with the negative shapes with the sea weed.

And the last image for this first post is from the Random Theme “Magic School.” Here the Sea Horse becomes a magical creature coming out of the young witch’s wand.

So that is the end of Part 01 of the Mash-Up Round-Robin Sketchbook SUPERPOST.

CLICK  HERE FOR PART 2 to see the FINAL DRAWINGS!

 

Apr
21
2017

2017-04-22 Drawing for the Cartoon Art Museum at Silicone Vally Comic-Con #svcc

SVCC map

I will be helping staff the Booth for the Cartoon Art Museum (booth #35) and doing art commissions for donations at Silicon Valley Comic-Con. Come by and say ‘Hi’!

BTW Booth 35 is all the way on the far left aisle of the room facing the cosplay guests.

SVCC map

 

Mar
26
2017

#dailydrawings March 2017 – part 1 – New Sketchbook/New Theme

dailydrawing March 2017 - part 1

Hello there. Time to catch you up on the Daily Drawings in the ol’ Sketchbook.

This is a new sketchbook that started on February 25, 2017 with a theme of ReDraw. My challenge for this book is taking characters created in the past and developing them more, mostly by ReDrawing them.

For this post we feature my reinterpretations of the most popular characters I drew in the previous sketchbook based on their popularity on Instagram. In the following three posts you will see 3 of the character developed more, so stayed tuned.

To see where these designs came from, review these posts PART 1 / PART 2 / PART 3 / PART 4

dailydrawing March 2017 - part 1

Mar
23
2017

2017-03-24 Schulz Museum – Magic School Cartooning – 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Time for some magical cartooning at the Schulz Museum!

When: 03-24-2017 – 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Where: Schulz Museum Education Annex, – Park in Schulz Museum parking lot on Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, Ca, 95403
Ages: Grades K-6
What: Magic School Cartooning —
“Replace your magic wand with a pencil and learn to draw wizards and witches in training. Cartoonist Brian Kolm will teach basic cartooning skills while helping students develop worlds where magic is real and young heroes train to fight forces of evil.”

Advance reservations required–register online by clicking on class title above or call (707) 284-1272.
Fee(s): $25 for Member, $32 for Non-member

Schulz Museum logo - Santa Rosa CA

Mar
23
2017

2017-03-24 Schulz Museum – Cartoon Creatures – 9:00 am to 12:30

It’s spring break and I am back at the wonderful Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa CA!

When: 03-24-17 FRIDAY 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Schulz Museum Education Annex, – Park in Schulz Museum parking lot on Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, Ca, 95403
Classes and Camps Topics: Arts and Crafts Fine Arts Spring break classes
Ages: Grades K-6
What: Cartoon Creatures

“Enter a world of unique and unusual cartoon creatures! Join cartoonist Brian Kolm and learn to draw and invent creatures inspired by popular games and cartoons like Pokemon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Advance reservations required–register online by clicking on class title above or call (707) 284-1272.
Fee(s): $25 for Member, $32 for Non-member

Schulz Museum logo - Santa Rosa CA

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