Friday, June 3, 2016


Signed and numbered prints of "While Mary Sleeps" now available for Fathers Day. This special edition is limited to 100 prints at $40 each plus shipping.

I can deliver prints to those living near me to save you shipping costs. Frames not included.

Several prints have already been sold.

See more at my Etsy Shop.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Which Painting Next?

Please help. I am creating several oil paintings. I will create them all but would like your input as to which one I should work on next.

It's easy! Click one or more of the choices in the user survey on the right to indicate your preference, then click Vote. That's it! You can track results by clicking on the link and add suggestions in the comments section.

Looks like the survey doesn't show up on mobile devices so cellphone users should leave comments instead.

Each painting will be about four feet tall. I will post more information here and on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Thanks very much!



SORRY FOR THE LEGALESE: The survey results and suggestions submitted to this survey are non-binding. All rights to the painting and any of its derivative works reside solely with Lester Yocum or his assignees. Input here does not imply or otherwise require financial or other relationship to the artwork, its processes or any product produced therefrom in any form. Final art will vary from the above concepts. Painting completion will depend on available time. Submission of the survey and suggestions is voluntary and indicates agreement with these terms.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

In support of the "Greater Than Us" Easter cantata I will be donating dozens of my original oil paintings, old and new, after the show, no strings attached. All paintings are unframed. See the full list on my website. Come support the show to find out more!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Proper Trouble

Alma 42:29 is my scripture of the day. In it, a father offers loving and strong counsel to a very good but troubled son. It has been a favorite of mine for a long time and applies in many areas of life:
"And now, my son, I desire that ye should let these things trouble you no more, and only let your sins trouble you, with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance."
This painting of mine shows a good young man desperately concerned about life-and-death problems. The counsel he received is good and life changing. From 1 Nephi chapter 4.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Animation Samples

I created a new page on my web site showing samples of corporate GIF animations I created in 2003.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Visual Beauty


My wife and I saw Kung Fu Panda 3 last night. I was visually blown away. I've never seen a more artistically stunning effort before. That is quite a statement considering the graphical beauty of the previous two moves in the series.


While most of the film rendered realistically, in appropriate places the artwork is also stylized, even posterized, employing watercolor and cut paper effects in ways that move the work forward powerfully. And the characterizations -- powerful. Kai is in all ways the villain and the lighting, color, angle, score, and focus amplify that effect.



Most films save money and fade backgrounds to black over the final credits. In this movie the immensely long vertically screen that scrolls in background of the final credits inspires awe. The imagination and raw processing power required to produce it must have been massive -- and expensive. Why did they spend all that money and time to create that? To win awards? Perhaps. I think rather the artists could not settle for less. Their goal was to go for the monumental. In my view, they succeeded, memorably. And that throwaway section of the film kept me in my seat.




The result made me think deeply about the production value and goals I have for my artwork. Can I settle for less than this? Can I create monumental works in all I produce, no matter how inexpensive or small? Can I use their example to make greater, more-memorable images and stories that have impact for good? Can I settle for less?

The Kung Fu Panda 3 team raised my bar considerably. I thank them for it.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A New Dark Age

I did the cover art for this first book written by a very ambitious 17-year-old and helped guide him through the creation and publication process. I wish him and his family the best. The art is a combination of photos, 3D modeling, and a lot of Photoshopping.
You can find out more about this author and his book on his Createspace store.