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By yoooee on 12/19/2011 1:49 PM

Portrait of a random face found in Google Images.
Approximately 3 hours with Photoshop and a Wacom.

By yoooee on 11/14/2011 10:29 AM

Fantastic video put together by KreativMagazin on what a time constraint does to creativity.  I really enjoy the fact that playfulness and fun are mentioned as these are some of the main reasons why we got into art in the first place.  Originally viewed at Drawn.

By yoooee on 10/28/2011 11:45 AM

A quick 40 minute painting focusing on values.

By yoooee on 10/22/2011 9:21 AM

What I was hoping to accomplish.

Awhile back, I was asked to paint a mural for my cousin.  The painting was to be based off of a popular book about a little brown bear who wears a floppy red hat.  As I began to flesh out the idea and draw various sketches, I realized that it had been quite some time since I had painted anything traditionally.  Not wanting to use my cousin's walls as a guinea pig, I thought I would use my own. More specifically, my son's.  

I got an idea from a local comic book shop to paint Spiderman swinging into the room while shooting a web across the room. 

Now that I had an idea, I needed the paints and paintbrushes to bring my idea to life.  Again, not having painted for a very long time, I started to do my research for the best paints for murals.  After a couple of quick trips to the local art store, I had the paint and brushes needed.

My process was going to be as follows:

  1. Draw the image in chalk.
  2. Paint a base coat of white.
  3. Paint flat colors to define shapes.
  4. Paint highlights and shadows.
  5. Paint the details.
  6. Finishing touches.

Step 1 - Draw the image in chalk.

Using the image on the left as my reference art, I began to sketch out the drawing in chalk.

Step 2 - Paint a base coat of white.

Using leftover house paint, I filled in the chalk drawing to create a silhouette.  This step was done to ensure that my final colors would be as true as possible without the wall color interfering.

Note: This step worked well for keeping my colors pure, but created a problem.  All the lines and proportions I had worked out in the chalk drawing were now gone and would need to be re-worked.

Step 3 - Paint flat colors to define shapes.

At this point, I began to paint the various red shapes of Spiderman.  I quickly realized that my bare bones purchase of a single red color was not going to be enough.

Step 4 - Paint highlights and shadows.

Learning a little something from my previous step, I decided to paint the blue of Spiderman to include shading and highlights from the beginning.  This technique allowed me to combine steps and save a little time.  Because I had already painted the red, I had to go back over that color with a various shades to create depth and dimension.

Step 5 - Paint the details.

At this stage, Spiderman is pretty much complete.  The only thing that remains is the web pattern that covers his face and body.

Step 6 - Finishing touches.

The last step was to use house paint that matched the room to touch up any areas around the edges of Spiderman that were white from the original silhouette.

In closing, I am very happy with the way this projected turned out.  It gave me a great deal of experience to better prepare me for painting my cousins wall and also taught me a few things along the way.

By yoooee on 10/11/2011 12:36 PM

A continuation of my previous perspective work.  Not really sure where this is going, but we'll see what happens.

By yoooee on 10/10/2011 2:18 PM

A continuation of my previous perspective work.

By yoooee on 10/7/2011 1:35 PM

Having a little fun with perspective after watching an awesome video by Martin Perhiniak over at

By yoooee on 9/28/2011 7:19 AM

Thank you to all who participated in the DotNetNuke case study presented this past Monday at the St. Louis DotNetNuke User Group meeting.

I wanted to include my slide deck for any of you who are interested as it contains a couple of items that were not mentioned in the meeting.  

I also wanted to answer a couple of questions that were not answered Monday.  Mainly in terms of the navigation.

  1. The primary navigation Mega Menu uses the AZ.DNNMenu.

  2. The primary navigation side menu for the sites within a site uses the RadMenu.

If you have any further questions, please leave a comment.

****** UPDATE (9/30/2011) ******

Due to time constraints, we were unable to cover all the challenges faced in building out the client’s new DotNetNuke site during Monday's User Group meeting.

I am happy to elaborate on the items that were not touched on, but would like to say that some of the challenges are more in line with feature requests. However, they are worth mentioning as they come from individuals who are utilizing DotNetNuke Pro in a real world environment on a daily basis.

Challenges & Solutions Continued...

Work flow

  • Work flow override for Administrators

    • Once work flow was implemented, we quickly realized that there was no way to override work flow, other than removing it completely. Essentially, when a site administrator wants to post content to the site, he or she is still bound by the constraints of work flow. This behavior is understandable, but a request was made for Administrators to be given the ability to override work flow in the case of a “content emergency.” Possibly a check box that only shows up for administrators that reads “override work flow.”

  • Work flow e-mail notification additional details

    • Work flow e-mail notifications lacked specific details in regards to what user was making updates to the site. Including the user name, date, and time of the update would make nice additions to the notification e-mail.

Page Caching

  • Turning on caching at the page level caused DotNetNuke to use Windows-1252 character encoding vs. utf-8 character encoding. This change in encoding created odd symbols/characters to appear within the content.

    SOLUTION: This issue was a known bug in previous versions of DotNetNuke and was addressed in version 5.6.3. 

.Net URL Character Limit

  • Due to the size of the site, we reached the maximum allowed characters for a URL string. The complete URL would not display in the browser URL bar.

    SOLUTION: Upgrading the .Net framework to .Net 4.0 allowed us to increase the maximum allowable characters.

External Links

  • The client required the ability to link to an external website via the Link Url page settings and have that link open in a new window. The user interface does not offer the functionality to have external links open in a new window at the page settings level.

I hope this helps clarify the last couple of items we missed.  Again, if you have any questions, please leave a comment.


By yoooee on 9/6/2011 12:59 PM

As a kid, I would come home after school, open up my favorite comic books, and draw what I saw.  I spent countless hours drawing characters and even going so far as to draw copies of entire pages of comic books.  As an adult, I find myself with little time to draw, but I want that to change.  The following drawing is an exercise for me in patience and technique as well as an effort to make time to draw.  It is a drawing of Spawn created by Todd Mcfarlane (who happens to make some pretty amazing toys).  I used Todd's artwork for reference.

Line Art - 7.25 hours, Colors - 4.25 hours, Total - 11.5 hours 

Photoshop and a Wacom.

Mouse over the image to see this drawing at its various stages of completion.

By yoooee on 9/4/2011 2:49 PM

About 15 or 20 minutes with SketchBook Pro for the iPad.