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By yoooee on 1/8/2011 3:36 PM

This is a drawing I did around the age of 13.  It's based off the cover art for Wolverine #37 Blood and Claws Part 3 originally done by Marc Silvestri.  That was a great series!

By yoooee on 1/7/2011 11:38 AM

Something I did a couple of years ago.  Four hours with Photoshop and a Wacom.
By yoooee on 12/28/2010 1:31 PM
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8

It seems like everyone has hard times and life tends to fall apart. Sometimes things fall apart so badly that we wonder if they can ever be restored. I believe that this happens because there is an enemy in this world that we cannot see, but is no less real than the air we breathe. His name is Satan and I believe he is doing everything in his power to get us to stumble, fall, and focus on ourselves long enough for us to believe that either God doesn’t care or that God isn’t real. The scary thing is that this can happen in the subtlest of ways. Often attacking the things that we hold most dear. For example, if you are happily married, then the relationship with your spouse is a prime target. I think this has even greater emphasis if you are a married Christian couple, but that is a different topic.

Think of your relationship with your spouse as a fortified city wall. This wall surrounds your home and your family. Satan see’s this wall and continually checks it for weaknesses, cracks, and holes. If one is found, he will do everything in his power to exploit it. To tear that part of the wall down and get into whatever good thing you hold so dear. Once he is in, he can do all types of damage. After coming to the realization that your wall has been breached, you try to patch the wall as quickly as possible on you own. You may actually try this several times with "sticks" & "duct tape" only to find that they do not hold Satan back all that well. Realizing you need to call in a specialist to really get this hole in the wall fixed, you call on God, friends, and wise counsel for help. Slowy, the wall begins to take shape once again and is even stronger than before. But it would seem that before you can even celebrate that victory, Satan has already found another weakness somewhere else along the wall… Thus begins the process anew.

This type of pattern is something I believe we will face for the rest of our lives. The encouraging part is that no matter how badly our wall is breached or for how long, God is always willing to love us and help us through it if we but ask.

By yoooee on 12/17/2010 1:58 PM
Quick 25 minute sketch
By yoooee on 12/11/2010 11:19 AM
Working on expressing emotion and movement in my work.  Trying to get away from a literal interpretation of what I see to increase expressiveness.  I really enjoy the work of Christian Blanco and am inspired every time I check out his site.
By yoooee on 12/6/2010 12:14 PM

Thought of You from Ryan Woodward on Vimeo.

Fantastic animation! Great movement and fluidity in the characters. Originally viewed at Character Design.

By yoooee on 12/1/2010 1:06 PM

Testing out the addition of extra memory in my computer and having fun doing it!  Quick 5-10 minute sketch.

By yoooee on 11/29/2010 1:28 PM

A visual journal to improvement - Week 2

More work with the Wacom.

By yoooee on 11/16/2010 1:01 PM

A visual journal to improvement - Week 1

Working on control with the Wacom tablet.

My circles seem to be naturally wide and my vertical lines need work.


By yoooee on 11/11/2010 4:50 PM

If you are like many designers out there, when designing a website, you most likely build the layout using Adobe Photoshop, slice up the necessary imagery, and then save the images as individual files. This process can be broken down to five basic steps.

  1. Make a selection in Photoshop.
  2. Copy said selection to the clipboard.
  3. Create a new file based on the size of the copied data.
  4. Save the new file for web.
  5. Close the new file.

These steps are likely repeated hundreds of times during a typical site build out. To save time and fingers, I'm going to take the five steps noted above and turn them into an action that can be ran with a single keystroke. Most of you are probably familiar with actions, but there is a bug you need to look out for if using Photoshop CS3.

Steps in a perfect world - For Non CS3 versions of Photoshop.

  1. Create a new document in Photoshop (CTRL + N).
  2. Double Click the Background Layer in the Layers Panel and Click OK in the New Layer dialog box to convert the Background Layer to Layer 0.
    Note: This must be done for your Copy Merged Layers to register in the action.
  3. Select the entire document (CTRL + A).
    Note: The selection size does not matter as it will not be part of the action.
  4. Click the Create New Action icon at the bottom of the Actions Panel.
    1. Give your action an appropriate name.
    2. Choose a Function Key of your liking that will run this new action.
    3. Click the Record button.
  5. Copy the selected area. (CTRL + SHIFT + C)
  6. Create a new document. (CTRL + N)
    Accept the default settings in the New document dialog box.
  7. Paste the copied contents into the newly created document.
  8. Save the new document for web. (CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + S)
    Accept the default settings in the Save For Web & Devices dialog box.
  9. Close the newly created document without saving.
  10. Click the Stop Playing/Recording icon at the bottom of the Actions Panel.
Completed Actions with
Export Dialog Active

Congratulations! You now have an action you can run by pressing the Function Key you chose in step 4-2.

Before rolling this new action into your production process, there are a few tweaks you should consider.

First, you'll most likely want to change the settings in the Save for Web & Devices dialog bog for each file specifically. As it stands, the action simply bypasses this dialog box. To prevent this behavoir, simly click the empty square (Toggle dialog on/off) to the right of the check mark for the Export entry in the Actions panel.

Second, If you are using Photoshop CS3 like myself, then you'll need to alter the above action considerably due to a bug in this specific version of Photoshop. You can read all about this bug on Steven Sacks blog, but more importanlty you should download the copymerged.zip file from the bottom of his blog post. We are going to use this file in our Action to address the Photoshop CS3 bug.

Steps in the real world...(Photoshop CS3)

Completed Actions for CS3 with
Export Dialog Active
  1. Download and unzip the copymerged.zip file.
    Copy the copymerged.jsx file to a permanent location on your computer.
    I placed my copy in the root directory for Photoshop.
  2. Delete the Action we created in the previous ten steps.
  3. Create a new document in Photoshop (CTRL + N).
  4. Double Click the Background Layer in the Layers Panel and Click OK in the New Layer dialog box to convert the Background Layer to Layer 0.
    Note: This must be done for your Copy Merged Layers to register in the action.
  5. Select the entire document (CTRL + A).
    Note: The selection size does not matter as it will not be part of the action.
  6. Click the Create New Action icon at the bottom of the Actions Panel.
    1. Give your action an appropriate name.
    2. Choose a Function Key of your liking that will run this new action.
    3. Click the Record button.
  7. Load the copymerged.jsx script file you downloaded in Step 1 via
    File -> Scripts -> Browse... (Navigate to the copymerged.jsx script file)
    A new document will be created for you by deafult containing the copied contents.
  8. Save the new document for web. (CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + S)
    Accept the default settings in the Save For Web & Devices dialog box.
  9. Close the newly created document without saving.
  10. Click the Stop Playing/Recording icon at the bottom of the Actions Panel.

Congratulations! You now have an action that works properly in CS3!

Hope this saves you some time and finger strain in the future.

Cheers!