The many words of Russell Dickerson
Teller of stories
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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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
The Various Categories
- Apex Articles (16)
- Artwork (233)
- Communication Writing Samples (10)
- Communications & Media Studies Articles (19)
- Content & Magazine Articles (20)
- Design (18)
- Fiction (5)
- General (63)
- My Diabetes Adventure (6)
- Photography (2)
- Poetry & Short Pieces (7)
- Russ's Art Blog (96)
- Showtalk (5)
- This Week's Art (55)
When I was attending the University of Wyoming, back when Deinonychus was roaming around, I wanted to be a civil engineer.
Well, let’s back up a moment. I wanted to be an architectural engineer. Before that, an architect.
As you could probably tell, I didn’t know what I wanted to be. I grew up only wanting to be an author, but at the time there was no internet to get feedback with. In little odd town Wyoming, there were no mentors, no people to pass stories on by, so I let it go.… Read the rest
I like to customize my Moleskine sketchbooks before I start using them, and sometimes that can be quite an elaborate process.
Partly, I customize them so that they are easier to recognize and find if lost. Instead of just looking for a generic, small sketchbook, I can tell people to look for something more unique. By customizing it inside and out, it’s easier to spot, and frankly harder to get away with stealing.
Mostly, though, I just like that, through customization, it truly becomes mine. I think if I have already given it love, already spent a good time with it, that when I sit down to create art with it I’m more comfortable.… Read the rest
Artists, and creators in general, can be a strange breed. Notwithstanding all of the devious and unusual things we come up with, especially as a horror creator, our actions often seem unusual to the general public.
For example, I spent a good amount of yesterday looking for a new pencil.
Now, for most people, a pencil is a pencil. In fact, I have dozens of pencils, all of which have their particular values. I have what I would call a crapload of Prismacolor Turquoise pencils, from 6B all the way to 4H (there may even be a 6H in there somewhere).… Read the rest
Twenty-five years ago, as of yesterday, I had the very best steak sandwich.
To be honest, I wasn’t hungry at the time. It was well past dinner time, past 8 o’clock at night even. There’s no real reason that a steak sandwich should have even been offered, and yet, it was the right thing to have.
Having a meal is only partly about the food itself, especially when you are with other people. There’s an atmosphere to the room, both physically and the emotions of those around you. It has a lot to do with what’s going on around you sometimes, sure.… Read the rest
When I was standing in line at the local coffee shop, I overheard a couple of people talking about something awful. That happens, certainly, it’s not unusual at all (I often stand in coffee shop lines). One of the women in the group, after hearing the full details of a plane crash, said, “That is just unimaginable. I could never imagine that happening to me.”
Those are fairly common things to say, and I understand the meanings of all of those words. I get where they are going with it, that they don’t think they would ever find themselves in that kind of situation.… Read the rest
For my entire life, from the stone ages until now, seemingly, I have been fascinated by the strange and the weird. Growing up, nearly all of the books that I read were about mysterious happenings around the world.
There were no limits on my fascination. UFOs, ghosts, Kaspar Hauser, cryptozoology, strange events and anything else that I could find under the “unexplained” topics were the entrée to my otherwise boring dinner called “life”.
|Originally published by Apex Book Company, October 2013|
My imagination would soar on high, thinking about events like the Devil’s Footprints incident in the mid-1800’s, in Devon, England.… Read the rest
One thing I love about art is seeing the different interpretations that artists have. A different take on a sunset, or a new way to paint buildings, and even new ways to paint monsters. These new methods and creative views drive what I love in art. Let’s face it, especially where monsters are involved.
It can be tricky, especially if the basic idea of a type of monster is fairly well laid out. Since Zombie Month is upon us here at Apex (and it’s just eating at me to talk about it), we can take a look at the dead.… Read the rest
I constantly look at other artists’ work, in fact I make it a part of my day to at least check out art or illustration boards on the web. There’s something I’ve noticed, and I’m not sure if it’s a trend or if it’s something that’s always been there.
Some of these creations are just plain weird. But not necessarily in a good way.
|Originally published by Apex Book Company, May 2013|
I don’t like to kick out names of artists that I may not like, or pieces that I don’t think work.… Read the rest
My Diabetes Adventure
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