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



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.

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

RANDOM THEME with a MASH-UP of elements


= 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. Stay tuned for part two coming later this week!


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

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



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

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


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


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


#dailydrawing – February 2017 – part 4 (the final page)

This is the last page of my sketchbook that was mentioned HERE, where I had asked folks on Instagram to help me decided what to draw on the final page.

Here were the random names that I generated to draw…
1- Grenade Glow
2- Sir Frost
3- Brother Star
4- Titanic Tarantula

So I started with…

and here is the last hero of my ‘forgotten hero sketchbook’ the Titanic Tarantula! Imagine it’s April 14, 1912 and a costumed wrestler is heading to America on the sailing ship Titanic…or something like that.



Trailer animation: Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland (revised + instagram)

Every once in a while I get commissioned to produce some animation for fellow artist to promote their comics and graphic novels. This trailer is to promote Alexis Fajardo’s series Kid Beowulf. This is for the new color edition of Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland.


For me the challenge of this video is revising the original version from the 2010 version to included new color versions of the artwork.

AND also a first, a video created in the square format for Instagram (and the cel phones their most likely viewed on).

Here are the videos…

Animation and Motion Graphics: Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland (revised trailer 2017) from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

This post is also part of Motion Comic Magic…

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation

A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation



#dailydrawings – February 2017 – Part 3

Two posts of drawing on the same day! Ya, that’s what happens when I miss a week.

This sketchbook is coming to an end, and you will see below I have reached the last page. So, I am trying something new, getting ideas from folks who follow me on Instagram. If it is still February 20th, 2017 and before 3pm (west coast time) AND you have an instagram account you can let your choice be known. This is only a test, which should lead to more in the future, I hope.

The drawings are being posted on my Instagram account, which you can see and follow HERE.

Let’s go…

Random name superhero… Lady Eel! Can you tell what holiday it was when I drew this?

Random name superhero…Ax Marvel.

Random name superhero…Robo Cloak.

Fun facts: the shapes for his head are all medieval fantasy inspired, even though he is a robot.

Random name superhero…Cry Bot.

Thy badly trasnscribed lyrics behind the robot are  from “It’s all right to cry” from ‘Free to be, you and me’, a children’s edutainment that encourages us to be ourselves. The song has been one of my favorites and the message that a man should not fear to express his sadness. Listen to the song HERE

It’s all right to cry
Crying gets the sad out of you
It’s all right to cry
It might make you feel better

Raindrops from your eyes
Washing all the mad out of you
Raindrops from your eyes
It’s gonna make you feel better

Random name superhero…Pharaoh Shade.

note: I actually wrote Phantom Shade on the drawing, which is not the random name that I had originally.

and the final drawing for Today (Presidents Day in the USA BTW) is this blank page…

I have four choices of names for what I will draw in this afternoon (after 3pm on 2-20-17), and the result will be updated here in the following days.

You can vote if you have an Instagram account and comment with your choice. CLICK HERE

Thanks for checking out my art!

Daily Drawings February 2017 part 3



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