Dip into the ARTIFICIAL INK

Artificial Ink Creative, LLC is a limited liability company for creative services, specializing in the development and production of trans-media entertainment and intellectual properties, as well as an ever-evolving, experimental project hub to track the visionary endeavors of Asheville, NC based storyteller Ted Kendrick.

Artificial works are produced by people, rather than occurring organically in nature. When breaking away from blueprints, mankind acts as little gods; sometimes in the collaborative spirit of the Greek Pantheon, else-when in the efforts of Artifice, where the fabric of reality can warp in the act of sublime craft. Never strictly Official, always Art, or better; Artificial.

Ink is the liquid used to flow ideas to fruition through writing, drawing, and printing, as well as the verb that solidifies a business contract, and the abbreviation for Incorporated. Artificial Ink Creative merges the worlds of Ink and Inc., and creates Something out of Nothing with digital content from a quality Quill, whether that pen is formed by feather, porcupine, or toothpick.

Ted Kendrick has served as a Creative Executive at Social Construct Films, Marketing Coordinator for Cat Fly Film Festival, and Marketing Director for Escapist Comix. He was an Associate Producer on feature film THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE, and Producer on short film GOOD HAIR with Coki Productions. He contributes to the Watchtower Database as a host on the 12th Level Intellects podcast, and writer on webcomic LEGACIES of the DC Animated Universe. Ted holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Contact for questions, comments, or services: artificial.ink.creative@gmail.com

ARTIFICIAL INK on Vimeo

Artificial Ink began as a clever domain name that was too expensive to maintain and way ahead of its time (http://artificial.ink). It soon turned into my business identity which I’d write on my invoices to look cool. Later it became the title of my blog. Now it is the brand of my Vimeo channel. The name has stuck around.

BEATERS and THE REPLICA RAID are both available for streaming via Vimeo.

https://vimeo.com/artificialink

Digital content from a quality quill.

THE REPLICA RAID poster

THE REPLICA RAID has been finished for a few weeks now, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it in the meantime before it screens at the Cat Fly Indie Film Fest on March 31st, programmed by Brittany Jackson, Madeleine Richardson, and Cat Wityk, who also worked on this short, per the credits on the poster.

Image by Ted Kendrick

I created the poster design above for festival use, and may submit the short to other appropriate festivals later in the year. THE REPLICA RAID will also be online and available for view later this month, so be on the lookout for a link soon enough.

Greetings & Introductions

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.