The many words of Russell Dickerson

Teller of stories
Nautilus pilot
Artist of fine works & illustrations
Trapper of Manticores
Designer of print and media
Liopleurodon skull grinder
63rd man on the moon (estimated)
Secret Lair: Shell Beach

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Education

Bachelor of Science in Communication
Colorado State University

Awards of Completion:

  • Applying Leadership & Communication Strategies For The Global Marketplace
  • Effective Communication In The 21st Century

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Proposal, article, technical, and academic writing
  • Social media and community involvement
  • Intercultural and diversity communications
  • Strategic communication and ethics
  • Leadership and team dynamics
  • Writing and revise support documents
  • Create across multiple media platforms
  • Research and verify facts

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Photography: An afternoon trip to Estes Park

On my travels as an amateur photographer, my plan is to write about my experiences in learning about the craft. Living in Colorado affords me a lot of chances to take many different kinds of photos, and my photography articles are here to help me remember the good parts of what I do. I have a relatively new Canon T3i, which for me does a nice job.

One important note before I start talking about my afternoon trip to Estes Park. Our entire area (quite literally) was hit with massive flooding last September.… Read the rest

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Why art is a profession, and should be treated as such

I’ve been at the artist thing since 1999, and it’s been great. Sure, it has ups and downs, like any other profession, but I still like creating.

But I want to back up just a bit, and look at that word, “profession”.

Merriam-Webster’s defines the word as, “a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation” and ” a principal calling, vocation, or employment”. At least, in regard to what we’re talking about here, since I’m not professing any sins at the moment (wait until later tonight).

Art, and in many ways anything that is creative including writing, design, and animation, is often seen as something you’re doing as a hobby.… Read the rest

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Night Terrors: Something to avoid

This article popped up on iO9 today (check it out here), all about “night terrors”. Go ahead and read it, and come on back. 

My turn? Well, to start off, here’s a gif from the comments in that article that might perfectly tell you what night terrors are:

 Grudge

Yeah, they really are just like that.

That’s from one of the Grudge movies (#3, I think), and that feeling of creepiness you feel looking at it is magnified by a billion when you actually have a night terror.

For the uninitiated (lucky bastards), night terrors also go by the name “sleep paralysis”.… Read the rest

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Photography: Capturing the flight of a hawk

I had a great chance to take the new Canon T3i outside this weekend, as it was a pretty nice day out. My daughter and I stopped at a local area that’s known for having lots of wildlife, and it didn’t disappoint.

Now, don’t forget, this is a brand new camera, and I’m no expert. I’m sure many of the things I do are from the amateur side, but they are still fun. I’m sure there are others out there in the same situation, learning their way.

I had a number of other types of shots that I took while we were out.… Read the rest

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Poetry: yearning of old

 

I yearn for the days of old.
I look to the hills
for adventure and glory.

I look to the seas
to fight the good fight.
To dash to and fro
fighting my way
through the day.

I look to the deserts
barreling fiercely
on my strong steed.
Breaking through the
lines of the weary enemy.

I see my chance!
I push forward,
my sword swinging
back and forth!

My enemy falls,
victory lies at hand!

But then the vision
disappears.

I am left here to stare
at nothing important.… Read the rest

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Photoshop: Color Correcting and Curves

Now, there are roughly a billion ways to do any one thing in Photoshop. When it comes to color correction, there may even be two billion. But today I just want to look at one particular method, using the Curves adjustment layer to correct color.

A couple of caveats: I haven’t installed CS6 yet, despite it sitting here on my desk. This tutorial uses CS3, but any version from CS2 on will work just fine. The buttons might be in slightly different places, but they are there. Secondly, though you could do this destructively, I prefer to use Photoshop’s non-destructive Adjustment Layers.… Read the rest

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This week’s art: Myasoyedov’s The road in the rye

I think it’s important as an artist to look at various kinds of art each day. Just as it is important for graphic designers, filmmakers, authors, and anyone with a creative side, seeing the works of others can help a creative person learn more about what they do.

In that respect, I used to write long articles (here!) about different pieces of art. I learned from writing them, as much as I think others did as well when they commented on the pieces themselves. Over time, that activity was replaced with the quieter activities of resharing what others posted, or of posting to my Pinterest “Inspiration” galleries.… Read the rest

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Experiments with the new camera: Indoors

Over the weekend, we picked up a brand new dSLR camera, a Canon T3i. Our Canon point and shoot is about five years old right now, and we thought it would be a good time to pick up a newer camera. Especially with the upcoming trip to the Kennedy Space Center, it was time.

Now, before we go any further, I am, at best, an amateur photographer. Sure, I used to own a 35mm Minolta back when the years started with “19”. But I don’t remember that much, so keep that in mind when you’re bashing me for not knowing pro stuff.… Read the rest

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Fiction: The Gears Stopped

 

“I’m telling you, it’s the Canites”, Marko said. He tore off his helmet, tossing it on the floor in front of his panel. “The prophets warned us! The reports from the other side said–”

“Calm down!”, the magistrate said. “Remember your discipline, or I’ll have you run out of here like a temperamental child!”

Marko immediately turned red, embarrassed that he’d let his emotions run so high. He turned to look back at the magistrate, hoping he wasn’t in trouble. He tried to see any register of emotion through the magistrate’s mask, but couldn’t.… Read the rest

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Apex Magazine

 

I currently interview the cover artists for Apex Magazine each month.

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