Christopher Arnold

Photographer. Video producer. Digital dabbler. Compulsive doodler.

About

A digital self-portrait-caricature created using a mix of traditional (pencils and sketchbook) and new (Wacom Inkling and Photoshop) media.

A digital self-portrait-caricature created using a mix of traditional (pencils and sketchbook) and new (Wacom Inkling and Photoshop) media.

THE VISUAL JOURNALIST

Having spent a good 12-plus years in journalism, I’ve learned how to work well under a variety of deadlines and learn new technologies in the process. Currently a Visuals Digital Producer with TCPalm.com and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, I help document stories in photos and video as well as try to communicate big ideas graphically and interactively. Because the industry is evolving, my tool- and skillsets are continually expanding. On an average day I could produce work using a Nikon D3s, a GoPro, my iPhone, Instagram or Vine, Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro X or some combination of those tools.

THE COMPULSIVE DOODLER

Who knew yellow Post-It notes, index cards and notebook margins could be so much fun? I’m a doodler. I admit it. I doodle to help set up photo ideas. I doodle to storyboard video and interactive projects. I doodle to maintain my sanity in meetings. Sometimes I doodle just to doodle.

THE DIGITAL DABBLER

I’ve always been creatively curious. Growing up, it was media like pen and ink, acrylics and charcoal that drew me in. When I got my first taste of Photoshop in 1999, though, everything changed. I delved into 3D applications like 3D Studio Max and Maya, used Corel and a Wacom tablet to digitally paint in college and now rely heavily on the Adobe suite of applications to create. The arrival of new technologies and social applications like Vine, Instagram, Flipboard and Touchcast, among others, offers me plenty of additional digital tools to dabble with and learn.

Photography

SpaceX rocket launch

SpaceX rocket launch

In this long exposure image, the streak of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket can be seen from Museum Pointe Park in Fort Pierce, Florida. The rocket launched from Cape Canaveral on the east coast of Florida. Cargo on board the rocket included RapidStat, a 3D printer, mice, fruitflies and more.

Meet the newest Crane

Meet the newest Crane

While waiting on a second egg to hatch at a nest in Jensen Beach, Florida, this sandhill crane pair’s first chick rests on its mother’s back after stretching its legs enough for one day.

(Photographed for Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Orion

Orion

NASA’s Orion spacecraft sits on top of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket on Dec. 4, 2014. A wayward boat and several weather delays tested the extent of that day’s launch window, but it was ultimately a technical issue that forced the launch to be moved to Dec. 5. See more photos in this photo gallery on TCPalm.com.

(Photographed for Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Long exposure at the fair

Long exposure at the fair

In this long exposure image, the Ferris Wheel at the St. Lucie County Fair is seen on March 8, 2014 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Sunset in Tradition

Sunset in Tradition

This single image was made as part of a time-lapse project capturing the sunset as seen from the Town of Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Bioluminescent lagoon

Bioluminescent lagoon

The path of a woman walking into the Indian River Lagoon is illuminated by plankton Pyrodinium bahamense in August in this long exposure photo.

UF Health Shands hospitals

UF Health Shands hospitals

This image was made during a visit to Gainesville, Florida in May. At left is the UF HealthShands Cancer Hospital and the colorful building to the right is the Children’s Hospital, which was undergoing renovations at the time. This is a composite of several different exposures, so HDR-ish? I photographed them from the top of a nearby parking garage.

Sunset in Florida

Sunset in Florida

The sunset on Aug. 5, 2014, as seen from Port St. Lucie, Florida. Several months earlier the city added a pedestrian bridge and sidewalks to this stretch of road over the C-24 Canal. It has since become a popular spot to catch colorful Florida skies.

Stormy Florida night

Stormy Florida night

I made this image from my front yard during a particularly wicked lightning storm in April. I don’t normally default to my front yard for images, but sometimes it’s all you got. Still, after a little retouching and toning, this became one of my personal favorites of 2014.

Video

A time-lapse look at the Treasure Coast

This year TCPalm photojournalists used time-lapse photography and video to look at different scenes and events on the Treasure Coast.  As we said goodbye to 2014, I produced this montage of old and new footage.

Photography is by myself, Xavier Mascarenas and Sam Wolfe. The video was produced by myself.

“Touching Story” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

(Video produced for TCPalm.com)

 

Getting ready for Free Comic Book Day

Artist Marcus Grant illustrates a print that will be distributed as part of a set during Free Comic Book Day on May 3. Free Comic Book Day is held on the first Saturday in May each year and publishers produce books to be given away on that day. The campaign was originally started to introduce comics to new audiences and help children learn to read. For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com.

(Video produced for TCPalm.com)

2014 Show Reel

My 2014 demo reel highlights some of the work I produced for TCPalm.com as well as personal projects created for my own website.

Tally’s Kittens

Four days after arriving at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County’s Port St. Lucie shelter, Tally gave birth to a litter of four kittens. Rita Hart tells us what happened next.

(Video produced for TCPalm.com)

Mandalorian Mercs Florida chapter

Meet some of the members of the Florida chapter — Buurenaar Verda Clan — of the Mandalorian Mercs, a costume club based on original Mandalorian characters inspired by the Star Wars universe with members worldwide. On the Treasure Coast, members participate in activities like Star Wars Reads Day (where this video was produced) and supporting charitable events like the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and Walk Now For Autism Speaks. Learn more about the club in this video and on the group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BuurenaarVerdaClan.

(Video produced for TCPalm.com)

Dog’s eye view of Pooch Plunge

The inaugural Santa Paws Holiday Pooch Plunge was held Dec. 6 at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart to benefit the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and House of Hope. One basset hound came out with a GoPro on her back. Experience the event from her perspective in this video.

(Video produced for TCPalm.com)

Chimpoween

Pumpkins, party streamers and Halloween treats aren’t just for people anymore. Watch the chimpanzees of Freddy’s Island at Save The Chimps, Inc. celebrate Chimpoween.

(Video produced for TCPalm.com)

Zaitography

Have you heard of Zaitography? She’s an up-and-coming South Florida portrait/wedding photographer worth following. Meet her in this video and go on location to a recent styled bridal shoot she produced.

Learn more at zaitography.com
Find her on Facebook: facebook.com/zaitography
And Instagram: @zaitography

806th Military Police Company comes home

On August 23, 2013, more than 100 soldiers with the 806th Military Police Company of the Florida National Guard returned home after a year in Afghanistan.  See some of the sights and sounds from the joyous event in this video.

(This video was originally produced for TCPalm.com and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Artwork

Tornado Jumpers

Tornado Jumpers

A sketch for an upcoming illustration based on a story Norah wrote in school.

Manatee(-ish)

Manatee(-ish)

What began as a late night drawing exercise ended up becoming an ET-like manatee. Just go with it.

Tree of Sorrows

Tree of Sorrows

A digital illustration produced entirely inside of Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet.

Norah’s Halloween adventure

Norah’s Halloween adventure

A digital illustration/composite of studio photos placed in an environment created in Photoshop using Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Self-portrait sketched traditionally, then rendered digitally in Adobe Photoshop.

Pups

Pups

Some sketches inspired by my dog, Missy>

Tragedy

Tragedy

Mixed media (pen, ink, ink wash) on paper

Monsters

Monsters

Traditional pen and ink illustration on bristol board

Old School Selfie

Old School Selfie

Old school selfie

Contact

Have a question or collaboration in mind? You can find me in a variety of ways and places.