Here is a super short video (with no sound) of my ferrets, Hannibal & Poe.
I finally got around to getting myself a new camera - Nikon D5200. It's not the dream camera I want, which is the Nikon D750, but it's a billion times better than my old Nikon D60. I went from having 10 megapixels to 24 megapixels which is a huge quality jump. I now also have access to recording HD video which will come in handy when I go to Ireland this summer.
Below are a few test photos I took when I got the camera home so excuse the horrible uninteresting subjects.
After months of hard work Issue Ten of INK & ARROWS is finally out. (Now onto working on Issue Eleven!) It's always so surreal to publish an issue.
I never expected people to enjoy my little magazine so much that they would be coming to me to be featured or emailing me to ask if they could do a work-study with my magazine. (I unfortunately had to turn that opportunity down to my mag being a one person show and that it's something that is done in my free time.) But it's seriously amazing that people think it's professional enough to ask and makes me proud to work on the magazine.
If you want, you can check out the issue here: Issue Ten
I'm thinking of releasing the next few Issues of Ink & Arrows for free and not have physical copies for a while. (Or only release print copies if the demand is high enough.) The profit off of the last few issues hasn't been much and it really doesn't make sense for me to have them. The profit made doesn't even cover the annual price i'm paying for the Ink & Arrows site on Squarespace. So until I can at least break even with that cost, I'm thinking physical copies are out of the picture, sadly. Plus, $20+ to ship out of the US is insane and not worth it. Plus the only people that grab a copy is the featured artists. (Who I love don't get me wrong but only selling like 5 copies doesn't help me or the magazine.)
I just need to get Ink & Arrows more of a following and I need to post regularly. I'm horrible at keeping a schedule but I really want to put more of an effort in this because I'm super passionate about Ink & Arrows and art. I love sharing artwork with everyone and helping people promote their work. Especially novice/beginner artists/creatives because I know how hard it is to get noticed and get your artwork out there in the world for all to see.
But the main issue for me lately is that i've been thinking of Ink & Arrows as a business. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I think I jumped ahead of myself a bit. And by doing that, it has sort killed my love for putting the issues together and responding to the creatives who email me. And by not responding to the creatives, I'm doing myself a disservice and the talented people looking to get featured. I'm also probably ruining the reputation of Ink & Arrows which is the opposite of what I want to do.
I just want to use Ink & Arrows as a way to share great work, talented creatives, and to help me learn and grow as a designer. I think releasing the next few (or all) issues for free is going to help me create again and make me enjoy working on the magazine again.
Let me know your thoughts on the matter because I would love to hear them. Also if you want to join the Ink & Arrows team in anyway, lets chat!
This past December I had the privilege of taking the senior photos of Megan, the little sister of one my friends. We decided to take Megan's senior photos in a wooded area near a covered bridge in Olmsted Falls, Ohio - the same spot where I took the senior photos of Megan's older sister, Kaitlyn, a few years earlier.