We Have Concerns: Jurassic edition

Inspiration comes in many forms and from many sources. The cartoon below resulted from a recent “We Have Concerns” podcast titled “We’re Doomed.” If you’re not already listening to “We Have Concerns,” I highly recommend it. Hosts Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni take a humorous and entertaining look at various stories submitted by listeners. New episodes post Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays. Listen to the episode that inspired this comic by clicking here.

 

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Some highlights from 2014

I have to admit, I sometimes lose track of time. And by “sometimes” I mean “most of the time.” While looking back at the past year and compiling my “best of” lists for TCPalm.com, I found myself saying to myself “That was this year?” a lot.

It also made the experience fun, though. And it was  nice to be reminded that, hey, it was a pretty good year!

In no particular order, here are a few items that stood out.

RISE OF THE IPHONE VIDEO

A growing trend at TCPalm this year — probably with a lot of journalists across the country, in fact — is mobile, smartphone video. For a lot of us, that translates to iPhone video. We’ve used Videolicious extensively this year and it’s proven itself to be a pretty handy tool. For the most part, it allows journalists to quickly produce and distribute good videos from the field. I won’t go into all of the ins and outs of the app, but if you’re interested in video you should look it up.

Probably the biggest test I put it through this year was in July, when I accompanied our local Boy Scout Troop 772 on a tour of Washington, D.C. Over the course of three days I produced 13 videos. And that was in three jam-packed days of tours of Congress, walking the National Mall and more.

You can watch those videos in the playlist below, or click here if it doesn’t appear.

 

TIME-LAPSE IS FUN!

Something I tried to do more of this year was time-lapse photography. I’ve always been intrigued by it. When used properly it can have some really beautiful results. As the year came to a close, I revisited some of my footage and, along with the work of my fellow photojournalists Sam Wolfe and Xavier Mascarenas, re-cut this video of the Treasure Coast.

 

DIAGON ALLEY OPENS

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I still get goosebumps when I think about seeing that dragon breathe fire for the first time, or riding the Hogwarts Express or just walking wide-eyed around the street and appreciating all of the fine detail and work that brought this experience to life. I also took advantage of that opportunity to try using a new storytelling tool I had recently become aware of, Exposure. Click here to see my Diagon Alley photo narrative.

 

REACHING A WIDER AUDIENCE

You never know what might resonate with people on social media. Okay, maybe that’s only half true. I think we have a pretty good sense of what could be popular, but getting eyes on your content is the name of the game. I saw a couple of spikes on Twitter this year that were not unexpected. The first was during a NASASocial event I attended in September, which is highlighted in yellow below.

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The tallest bar in that yellow block equals 32,257 organic impressions. It’s mostly due to this tweet, which came at the end of that event — I was back in Fort Pierce after the original launch was rescheduled:

 

 

Fast forward to November in that same bar graph, and you see an even taller bar. That one equals 47,763 organic impressions and is the result of Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) retweeting an animated gif I made one morning.

Animated Gif of Chris Hardwick and Al Roker

 

INKTOBER

Finally, there was Inktober, a social media movement motivating artists worldwide to create ink artwork throughout the month of October. It gave me a much-needed push to get drawing again, which I’ve continued.

 

There are actually quite a few more I could list here, but it’s getting late and the New Year is approaching.

May 2015 treat you all kindly.

We’ll always have Inktober

 

A few of my Inktober drawings scattered on the old drawing board.

A few of my Inktober drawings scattered on the old drawing board.

I’m writing this post later than I’d anticipated, but nonetheless still wanted to post. If you follow me on Twitter (@carnolddesigns) and Instagram (@ChristopherArnoldDesigns), then you may have seen me post more drawings than I usually do.

I blame — no, I THANK — Inktober for that.

I discovered Inktober at the start of October. Its premise was a simple one: 31 drawings in 31 days. I used to draw a lot when I was growing up. I mean, a LOT. My earliest honest-to-goodness career goal was to be a comic book artist. I loved doodling, sketching, penciling and inking. As I got older, however — and as I imagine a lot of others experience — the career plan went a different direction, life continues to happen and I drew less and less frequently.

I still love it, and so I leapt at the Inktober opportunity (an Inktobertunity?) to dust off the pens, sharpen some pencils and DRAW.

I didn’t quite make it to 31 drawings, but I did a bunch. Here are some of them. Who knows? You may just start seeing more artwork on this blog…

Thanks, Inktober.

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Photoshop World 2014 on Storify (Day 3)

Well, all good things really do come to an end. So, with the conclusion of this year’s Photoshop World in Vegas, I too will bid adieu to this whole Storify thing.

For now.

Until next time…

(Of course, you can always relive the rest of the conference here: Pre-Conference Day, Day 1, Day 2)