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

Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley

A fire-breathing dragon welcomes guests to a special event previewing Universal Orlando’s newest expansion — The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley. The attraction opens to the public on July 8. See more photos from this event at https://carnolddesigns.exposure.co/diagon-alley

Lightning

Lightning

Lightning strikes near the Tradition Town Hall during a summer storm in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Ladyfish

Ladyfish

Linda “Ladyfish” Frank works with Dicksie Dudeney, a client of 13 years, in November at Always Perfect Permanent Makeup in Fort Pierce. Frank’s studio is a renovated 103-year-old home on Midway Road and its walls are adorned not just with images of her clients, but also paintings, photos and other artwork created by Frank through the years. “They’re my canvasses,” said Frank, adding that the permanent makeup helps give her clients confidence. (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Skateboard Expo

Skateboard Expo

Brayden Chrisco, 12, warms up prior to a music and skateboard expo at Lawnwood Skate Park benefitting the Fort Pierce Exchange Club Chili Cook-off in July in Fort Pierce. (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Watermelon Festival

Watermelon Festival

Kendall Thompson, 9, gestures while competing in the Watermelon Eating Contest June 29 at D&D Family Farms in Palm City. Thompson competed against her sister Amber (11), winner Camryn Hochfeld (11) and Brock Nesselhauf (8) at the inaugural Watermelon Festival, which owner Dean Bruschi said is designed in part as a way for the farms to stay open year-round. While the farm in previous years would have closed by the end of June and reopened in the fall, “now we’re only closed two days (Christmas and Thanksgiving) of the year,” he said. (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Expedition Florida 500

Expedition Florida 500

Justin Riney, Project Lead for Expedition Florida 500, begins removing his gear May 29 after paddle boarding into Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach. This stop marked Day 149 of the year-long project. “The whole goal is to raise awareness of these waterways,” Riney told a crowd of about 50 supporters. “A lot of people don’t have the opportunities to get out there and see what I’m seeing, and it’s important to know that it exists.” (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watches his shot from the third tee Wednesday while participating in The Honda Classic Gold Pro-Am presented by Tire Kingdom at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Roethlisberger and fellow golf amateurs — Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, Grammy Award winning artist Branford Marsalis and country musician Toby Keith — were partnered with 2011 British Open Champion Darren Clarke. (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

IRSC Softball

IRSC Softball

Indian River State College’s Nicole McHenry (12) tags out Seminole State College baserunner Meagan Unverdorben en route to completing a double play during the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday at IRSC in Fort Pierce. IRSC won twice, 9-0 and 9-1, to improve to 17-3. (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

High School Swimming

High School Swimming

The Pine School’s Darby Goodwin takes a breath while competing in the girls 200-yard individual medley Friday during the FHSAA Championship at Sailfish Splash Water Park’s Aquatics Athletics Center in Stuart. (Photographed for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Video

Zaitography

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

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)

Cenat

Cenat

This was a video produced for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com. I edited a series of footage that was shot by photojournalist Deborah Silver during a trip to Haiti following the devastating earthquakes in 2010.

American Hero

American Hero

Army Staff Sgt. Justin Johnson, Sr., was killed June 18 with two other service members during an attack on the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, returned home this week when his remains arrived at Witham Field in Stuart on July 3.  Following a wake at Peaceful Valley Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and a service of memory at First United Methodist Church, both in Hobe Sound, Johnson was laid to rest at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.

This video was edited by myself, and I also shot a variety of the footage included. Additional footage was provided by Flynn Fidgeon, Eric Hasert and Laurie Blandford. Photos were also provided by the family.

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

Pet-friendly Fun on the Treasure Coast

Pet-friendly Fun on the Treasure Coast

Meet Missy. She’s your average, lovable basset hound. She lives in Port St. Lucie with her humans. They play in the yard, go for walks, the usual stuff really. But where else can they explore? Visit tcpalm.com/petfriendly for a few ideas of parks, beaches and other public spaces that are pet friendly. And share your own ideas, pictures and more via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #tcpalmsocial. (Produced for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers)

Astronomy Night

Astronomy Night

Astronomy Night: A Time-Lapse Test from Christopher Arnold on Vimeo.

The Treasure Coast Astronomy Club hosted an Astronomy Night event recently at DuPuis Wildlife Management Area in western Martin County, Florida. Turned out to be fairly cloudy during the event, but those clouds gave me an opportunity to try some long-exposure time-lapse photography. I wasn’t out long enough to really make it the way I would have liked, but I thought I’d share the test footage anyway – a couple of different intervals were used (which is why you’ll notice it “speeding up” in the second act); the frames were edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (thank goodness for the “Sync settings” feature, with the video then produced in Adobe Premiere Pro). This is a small test – it only started with 339 frames, but ended with less, as I cut out a small chunk in Premiere.

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.