I’ve mentioned in the past that I do web- and graphic design work on the side whenever I can, and that I’m open to commissions for custom web images, HTML/CSS, WordPress tinkering, ebook cover artwork, and so forth. Recently a friend from over at LitReactor and fellow Jack Ketchum’s Talking Scars student, Dakota Taylor, posted that he was looking for someone to help him launch his new author website. Being the WordPress aficionado and Photoshop fiend that I am, I jumped on the opportunity to build my portfolio, help out a friend, and make a few welcome bucks:
At the risk of turning this into a haphazard sales pitch, I’d like to again offer my services to anyone out there looking to build a web presence, enhance an existing blog or portfolio, or acquire custom artwork, photographs, or web images for their book, website, or social media. I’ll hook you up with commissioned art or images on a case-by-case basis, or a custom WordPress blog design complete with individualized header and background images for two hundred dollars. These days, an emerging writer simply cannot be without a web presence — and it doesn’t get any better than a handsome blog from which to share your daily thoughts, creative insights, and successes. If that sounds like something your’re interested in, contact me, and let’s talk. Look forward to hearing from you!
Tonight was the biggest night of the year for my hometown of Monmouth, Illinois, a small college town located somewhere deep in the center of the American agricultural heartland. I took my new Nikon D3100 along with me, and snapped about a hundred or so shots of the gorgeous wheels parked along the length of roughly eleven blocks of Main Street (north and south), with cars parked along most adjacent side streets as far as two blocks east and west from Main. Needless to say, there was ample eye candy for the sports car junkie.
Just got a new camera with the extra birthday funds, and so I thought I’d share a couple test images with you. They’re not exactly jaw-dropping works of art, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of the camera, of course. Also, I set up a Flickr account, so I’ll probably be posting all my photos there from now on, instead of just on Facebook.
Here’s what my new Nikon D3100 did on its first outing:
I just may decide to take over for Anton Corbijn when he retires…
In all seriousness though, I had a blast taking these:
Rock and roll music is a big part of my life, and a huge influence on my writing. Check out the rest of these photos on my Facebook albums, if you like. Google A Hill to Die Upon or Parlours to hear some fantastic songwriting and phenomenal music.
Began shooting for my Photography class portfolio today. It was cold, it was rife with bouts of frustration and self-doubt, but above all, I believe it was a fun, productive learning experience. I basically journeyed about my hometown’s neighboring city of Galesburg (after picking up some sweet art supplies at Dick Blick, and then grabbing a bite to eat) in search of interesting photo opportunities, and then eventually made my way back into town to survey the college campus for inspiration. Like the fresh air-loving, TV-deprived Leonard Mead from Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Pedestrian,” I was approached by a campus security guard for looking suspicious when seen plodding about the campus late at night with a camera. Fortunately, no robots sent me to jail; but seriously, give a guy a fucking break, will ya?
Anyway, I think I managed to snap a couple fairly artful photographs:
More photographs and artwork will be posted (not all of it, but the stuff that’s truly worth sharing) in the months to come. Expect a lot of creative nonfiction essays, philosophical musings, and other fun stuff, as well. In the meantime, I’ll be doing a lot of freewriting, homework, and drawing. This semester looks to be a challenging one, but it will also be artistically fruitful; can’t really ask for more than that in this life.