Saturday, 29 September 2012

Rediscovering...

Rack Card (Front, Back) done for this special exhibit at Pry House
While you can discover Gardner's Antietam photographs at the Pry House, I have remembered/discovered that some variety in my graphic-design life is fun! My office job is a whole different sort of design – it's the toys, sci-fi, comicbooks kind of work. Not saying that isn't fun–but if you do it all the time it loses a bit of its awesome factor.
Something about designing for or about history is exciting to me. I would like to explore other time periods though. (My resume and branding is getting a make over this winter!)

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Tintype made at the Pry House

More busyness! September 17th was the 150th anniversary of Antietam. This past May I visited Antietam, and never imagined that I would end up spending so much time in the area!
I spent a long weekend at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, with this handsome gentleman here. He organized a Soldiers Fair, which was quite fun. For the first time I had my tintype, or ferrotype, made. Chris Morgan, the photographer was wonderful at doing these and knew how to have one stand and look very authentic!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Should I Work For Free & Other Such Advice

After being so quiet on this blog for so long, I have decided to post something more substantial than the usual photo posts I have been doing.


Designed by K. Weihs for the Pry House's Soliders Fair Weekend

It's good to consult such resources as Should I Work For Free when dealing with people who, well, want you to work for free. When people offer me 'exposure'* or a 'good way to expand the portfolio' as reasons why I should do work for them–it makes me cringe. (*If you're the type who thinks I should and can work for no compensation, your friends who see what I've made you... are probably the same type.) I have an in-house design job and do freelance on the side to make ends meet– it just doesn't leave a whole lot of time! 

That being said, I have been doing some work for non-profit organizations and events that I care about. I think it's important for artists and designers to have good communication with the people who want you to do work for them for these organizations. Are they asking you to do work at the very last minute? Are their demands unreasonable? Who needs the added stress and lost sleep of ill-planned design? Know your limits and how you work best before getting into anything. It's more efficient and fun for everyone that way!

P.S. Do check out the Soliders Fair at the Pry House if you're in the area, enjoy history and are looking for something fun to do this weekend!


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia!


Wanderings on an extremely humid day in September. 
My life is more adventures than illustration these days–which is alright. I have been doing a lot of graphic design work lately, and adventures are a nice break from the desk!