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Jenny Jenkins: 25-year old portrait artist, USA
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The time has finally come…after about 8 years of having my own website(s), I’ve finally decided to close down :’(
Back around 2005 I was a very active member of the HPANA forums (Harry Potter Automatic News Aggregator, a very popular fan-site back in its day) and opened a “graphics shop” to make avatars and signatures for other forum members to use. I even designed a banner that the site used for well over a year at the top of their page!
Eventually I caught the eye of a web/graphic designer who offered me free hosting so that I could make a website of my own and expand not only my knowledge of design but my exposure. I had dabbled in making small websites before (my first being a Rollo Weeks fan-site on Tripod in 2001) but this was the first time I actually had room to grow. So began my “I. C. Graphix Factory”
The “I.C.” actually stood for Ice Cold, as I’ve always been a huge Coca-Cola fanatic and collector, and as I was going through a Lemony Snicket phase at the time I made all my page titles fit those same initials (referencing the VFD for those who are familiar with the book series) and it was really quite fun.
Requests for forum graphics grew into requests for full web-designs, so finally I created “Denouement Designs” specifically for providing that service.
Eventually I decided to get my own domain and hosting: thewholehorizon.net, which would cover several aspects of me and my works. Having my own c-panel access, I was able to try all sort of new things with coding, and with them my baby went through constant redesigns in both style and function.
I did what I could to gain more traffic, but I didn’t always have time to keep up with it, so it ended up being more of a “project site” for me to tinker with whenever I had new ideas to try out.
A couple years ago, I dove deep back into traditional portrait artwork, but I didn’t like having two completely different art forms on the same site targeting two different audiences, and thus I made Jenny-Jenkins.com, also reachable by JennyAnnJenkins.com. This would strictly be a traditional artwork portfolio, which I would associate with trying to bring in commissions, while all my other randomness would stay back at The Whole Horizon. Eventually I decided that the latter was no longer necessary, and redirected the domain to the new site instead.
I’d been using DeviantArt for years, but I still liked having something of my own to continue tinkering with and did so for almost 2 years.
Along the way I picked up a Facebook Page and Twitter Feed, then gradually Tumblr and Pinterest as well, and realized that it was becoming too redundant to have the same content on so many websites. I managed to keep up with it until now, however, but as my hosting is up for renewal this month, I’ve decided it’s not worth the money to keep it going considering how little traffic it still gets compared to these other methods of sharing content. Alas, I must say goodbye to the last of my websites…
While DA will always be the first place I post completed pieces and provide the most detail about each, I’ve chosen my Tumblr to be a sort of replacement to my home page and it’s where I’ll have all my domains redirect to for now. Here I can still customize a lot (you’ll notice I reworked my web design into the theme) and it seems more appropriate of a site to post things that AREN’T specifically “artwork submissions”.
To anyone who actually just read through that incredibly long boring history, I applaud you! And I promise I’ll try not to torture you like that again. It was just something I needed to do o.O