Hello and welcome to my corner of the internet! I’m Ted Kendrick, a content creator based in Asheville, North Carolina. You may know me from my work in writing, film, and music. Though I’ve dipped my toes into many creative ponds over the years, I never had a central location to keep everyone informed on what I’m currently up to. My hope is that this personal website and blog— Artificial Ink— will become that outlet.
Artificial Ink began as a concept nearly two years ago when I was selecting interesting domain names for a personal website. I purchased www.artificial.ink thinking I was ahead of the curve by ditching the traditional .com or .net ending. While that may have been true, here we are anyway at www.tedkendrick.com. Go figure. I’ve kept Artificial Ink as a pseudonym for my freelancing work because I like how it inspires thoughts of digital art, both created through computer-based software as well as online collaboration, which I personally believe is the future of media and entertainment.
Not only will I keep this site updated as a place to share my ongoing work, but as a platform to develop my voice and hone my writing skills. I’ve felt more confident and passionate about my work lately than ever before, slowly chipping away at a wall of artistic anxiety. This has appeared in the form of filtering my voice out of fear I may accidentally offend someone or be laughed at for my efforts, as well as simply keeping things close to the chest.
In the past, I’ve attempted to hold onto my creative work until I was absolutely certain it was perfect, but I’ve come to realize that approach is both unhealthy and unrealistic. My final products would usually just get cast aside to gather dust and never see the light of day. Creation in all forms is an intensely personal experience, but I believe once the piece is released, it’s no longer a fragment of my own self but a new entity to be judged individually on its own merit. This requires me to take a step back, acknowledge that I have done everything I can, and relinquish any further urge for control.
I’ve found there’s a beauty in artistic spontaneity and embracing mistakes as part of the process. Ultimately I had to ask myself, what’s the point in making any art if I’m too afraid to share it with the world? My hope is that people will respond positively to my material, but I cannot take things as a personal jab to my character if they don’t. This train of thought is the only way I’ve been able to arrive at this junction, now prepared for absolute transparency in my creative life, ultimately the underlying purpose behind Artificial Ink.
One of my favorite writers, Warren Ellis, has a newsletter called Orbital Operations which has greatly inspired the creation of my blog. He uses funny codenames to discuss projects that haven’t been officially announced yet. I plan to take a similar approach, though I have signed a few contracts that prevent me from mentioning proprietary materials. It’s a case by case basis, but I have enough on my plate like Project Voltage, Project Pyramid, and Project Scrambled Eggs to keep things interesting for awhile.
A few projects are already listed under the Creativity page, and you’ll learn more about the above work sooner than later. I invite you to drop in from time to time and check up on the blog. I’ll share each and every new post on my various social media profiles with Facebook and Instagram being the primary channels. Please find links on the sidebar and follow me so you don’t miss out on any updates.
If you’ve read down to this point, that means you care. Thank you for that. I hope you’ll find as much to love and enjoy in my upcoming artistic endeavors.