This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is all about one of my favorite ways to animate things- by using photos in Adobe Character Animator, a subprogram of Adobe After Effects.


In this course we use a series of photographs to create an animated talking head in Adobe After Effects and Character Animator.  We’ll cover mouth shapes, layer placement, syncing an audio track to lips or creating your own audio for your puppet to voice.

Signup is here!

Free Skillshare Coupons For Adobe Classes!

In honor of my favorite haunted holiday, I’ve made a bunch of free enrollment coupons for the Adobe courses on my Skillshare channel.  This lets people who are not Skillshare members be able to view the course without registering or paying even the .99 trial membership.

There are around 5 free enrollments each at the time of this writing!  Click the course title to claim the free coupon.

Speed Up Your Workflow in Adobe Lightroom


How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video


Bring Out the Details In Your Photos with Tone Mapping in Adobe Photoshop


Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere

get surreal in adobe premiere

Happy Halloween!

Sound Design An Ambient Vocal Soundscape – New Skillshare Class

This week’s new addition to my Skillshare channel is Sound Design #1: Ambient Vocal Soundscapes.


In this series on Sound Design we will focus on music, ambient textures, and sound effects used in filmmaking.  In Part 1, we cover how to create ambient soundscapes from human voices. These soundscapes are great for use in film, as prominently featured in the 2012 Dredd during slow motion sequences, or as stand-alone music pieces.

The program we are utilizing is called Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch and you can download the program here.

Sign up here!


Retouching Faces in Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom – a Skillshare class

This week’s addition to my Skillshare tutorial channel is Retouching Portraits in Photoshop and Lightroom.  It’s easily the most requested topic I get for the classes I teach in person.

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best. This Skillshare course cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!

Click here for the full class!

The Art of Pushing Pixels and Waveforms on my Skillshare Channel

It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration.  It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms.  When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.

The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.

I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week.  Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.

At this point I want to ask anyone out there:  what would you like to see a tutorial on?  Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art?  Let me know in the comments below!


Make A Zine From Scratch – a Skillshare class in honor of the San Diego Zine Fest

In celebration of San Diego Zine Fest this weekend, I created a new Skillshare class on the topic:  Make A Zine From Scratch.jpeg-image-4f6a971bb424-1

Zines are DIY, fun forms of small press expression; anything goes in a zine, but when “anything goes” it often is such an open-ended concept that people don’t know where to start.  In this bite-sized class we’ll put together a zine with the most basic of materials- no computers, no high-end printing or fancy art supplies.

The goal here is to craft a personal story that communicates and has all the pages facing the right direction. Beyond that, the goal is to crack open our shells, overcome fear and get familiar with self publishing.  This is the first step.  Signup for the class is here and, if you plan on coming out to the SD Zine Fest, stop by my table and say hi!  I’m listed as Primordial Creative, my studio name.


Fuji X-T2 Video Review + Samples

Another year, another Fuji upgrade- here’s my review of the X-T2 along with samples!  Side note, the video itself was filmed in 4k with the X-T2.

I’ve been thinking about how to better utilize my youtube channel beyond posting my video art, and I decided it’s a good place to do gear reviews and tutorials that wouldn’t fit on my Skillshare channel.  As I’m making more youtube content I’m also open to requests!  Comment or message me about what kind of reviews or tutorials you’d like to see and I’ll do my best to make it happen!