27 Aug

Adobe MAKE-IT Header

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On August 2nd, 2017 I presented a lab session at the Adobe MAKE-IT conference in Sydney Australia. Read article here.

02 Apr
21 Feb

30 Day Drawing Challenge

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I keep commitments, even ones made with myself. When my girlfriend Carey suggested I do a 30 day challenge with her I said, "it would be good for me to draw for 30 days, but I'm not going to make that commitment." I was afraid to commit to something I would later resent. She pushed and I conceded after imposing some rules for myself.

The drawings would be small, simple, drawn with a large brush tip sharpie, and done quickly. No pencils, erasers or digital undos. I get too wrapped up in the details of creating. I thought my rules would prevent that, and hopefully help me to care less about the final product.

I kept my commitment and stuck to my rules. Except for the quickly part. By the end I was spending twice as much time on a drawing.

On day 1 I drew the living room windowed doors, my view while seated in my recliner. I did all 30 drawings in the comfort of my living room.

Sketch Day 1

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27 Aug

Adobe MAKE-IT Conference

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Sunglass Selfie Lab Session

(Click on any image for a larger view, or to enter a slide show viewer.)

Room view

Earlier this month I had the privilege of presenting a hands on Adobe Draw lab session at the Adobe MAKE-IT conference in Sydney, Australia.

Speaker Badge

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13 Mar

CreativePro Week 2017

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2017 CreativePro Speaker Banner

I am super excited and honored to be a part of CreativePro Week May 22-26 in Atlanta! You can join me. Save $100 w promo code CPJCKSN when registering!

CreativePro Week is for every creative professional who designs, creates, or edits in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator. CreativePro Week combines four great conferences in a single week:

  • The InDesign Conference
  • PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference
  • PS/AI: The Photoshop + Illustrator Conference for Designers
  • Creative Developers Summit (for coders and IT professionals who support creatives pros)

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07 Jan

Class Schedule

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Winter/Spring 2017

I am teaching the following classes for the start of 2017, two classes at UCSD Extension and two at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside. This is my first time teaching at MiraCosta and I am excited for the opportunity.

UCSD Extension

1/9/17 - 3/26/17

ART-40630 Digital Darkroom Expanded - ONLINE

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18 Mar

Adobe Mobile to Desktop Creative Workflows

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Mostly a One Way Street

One Way Street Sign

Adobe Mobile applications connect our devices to our desktop applications allowing us to create any where at any time. Most of the traffic between mobile and desktop is routed through the Creative Cloud Libraries. Unfortunately at this time, the mobile workflow primarily runs on a one way street going from Mobile to Desktop with very few round trips available.

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29 Dec

Year End Digital House Keeping

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Get Your Computer Files in Order

The year end is a great time to do some digital house keeping. I’ve spent the last few days backing up and organizing my digital devices. Admittedly, I should be doing these things on a more regular basis, but work happens and some things get away from me.

At the end of every year I take a hard, honest look at my digital clutter. Here’s my year end check list to get things back in order. What is yours?

Time Machine Backup

Time Machine runs year round on my Mac Pro. Most of the time this works without me having to think about it, but occasionally the backup drive stops working for no apparent reason. So this week I reformatted the Time Machine backup hard drive, after first running a Time Machine backup to a secondary external drive.

Time Machine screen

How To Set Up a Time Machine Back Up

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18 Dec

2015 Christmas Card

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Family Illustration

2015 Christmas Card

We thought about using last year's Christmas family portrait for this year's Christmas Card, but that just wasn't unique enough.

I know that I should draw more. It comes up during every self-reflection. For this reason I decided to illustrate our family portrait, thinking that it would be pretty simple.

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12 May


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