Traveling to Washington D.C.

Traveling to Washington D.C. is always a great opportunity to take some pictures of great architecture, sculptures, and my kids.  I took a couple hundred pictures, but most of them were on the move.  So, it’s going to take a little work to find any images with potential.  Here is a small collection of architecture pictures I took while walking along the National Mall.  Here I’m trying to create a small collection of work that have similar settings.  All these pictures were edited from the RAW files in Adobe Lightroom.




Updating Older Photos

In an attempt to update my portfolio I have begun to go back through some of my older photos and rework them in Photoshop.  I’ve been concentrating on editing my photos so they are nondestructive.  Utilizing smart objects and layers in Photoshop is a process that I have to master, and make routine, for any future work.

This first image is a photo taken at Magnaball.  A Phish festival in New York last summer. I boosted the colors a little and I added the stars.  I created my own brushes for the stars and the space clouds.

Magnaball-1 copy

This photo was taken at a steam train yard in Connecticut.  I blurred the background and added a sepia tone.  I sharpen the train using the HDR layer technique.  In doing so I was able to sharpen the train number on the front of the train making it a focal point of the image.  This image is a little over processed, but practice makes perfect.


Photoshop is a huge program that will take a long time to really master.  I feel pretty confident with the program now, but I also understand there is still a lot to learn.  I’m going to focus on creating images that I feel represent me as a designer and artist.  In doing so I will end up having a list of techniques that will become the building blocks for my future work.

Website Launch

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Today is a great day!  I have finally launched my website.  I worked on this site all last semester in my Advanced Design for the Web class, and I have been fine tuning it for the last month.  The portfolio page will change as I create new work that highlights my design skills.  If you see any mistakes let me know.  If you think something doesn’t look good, I’m cool with constructive criticism.  Share this site, spread the word, and if you need some work done contact me!


April Illustrator Practice

Since my graphic design classes are done, it’s up to me to continue learning and practicing on my own.  I have been a member of for about a year now, and I’m going to try to take a class once a week.  One of the advantages of being done with my college classes is I can now begin to focus on the techniques and effects that interest me most, but on the downside I don’t have projects to push me along.  So, I have to create my own projects until I start doing work for clients.

Below is from a Skillshare class.  It’s a simple ombre effect I created in Adobe Illustrator.  The technique leads to endless effects and backgrounds.


The image below was a late night drawing session where I focused on creating geometric shapes and designs.  I love geometry and practicing simple geometric forms is a great way to use a wide variety of tools in Illustrator.