The little lock icon is a thing of beauty.
The last few weeks have been busy. All but one of the presidential candidates came through town. I managed to get credentialed to them and got some decent shots.
But first, here’s some fun stuff. The hoop dancers were part of the 27th Annual World Championship held at the Heard Museum. The Ostrich racing was part of the Chandler Ostrich Festival.
These galleries are also on my photography page.
Hoop dancers & Ostrich racing
I originally planned to do more frequent updates on this, but found that there wouldn’t be much to report. It’s been two months since I hung the test strip in a south-facing window. During that time we’ve had one of the hottest Februarys on record.
For a quick review, see the first article in this series.
So this thing happened, and now I’m off to cover the GOP candidates in Nevada. Go figure.
About a month ago, a news wire service called Demotix was shuttered in a nobody saw that coming deal where Corbis Images was sold to a Chinese company. So what little work I had posted there is gone. It might pop back up at some point but other than the “we’re closed, see ya!” email, no one’s heard anything.
The actual funny part was that the day Demotix closed was the day that I decided I should log in and check my account. I got redirect to Corbis, and the whole of the Demotix site was missing. Mad searching told me the backstory, but I really couldn’t manage more than a shrug. They had lousy customer service, and ever since Corbis bought them I got the feeling it was run as an afterthought. Usually the rats are the first to realize the ship is sinking.
So, all of that was motivation to find out what other agencies had similar news wires that I could shoot for. Which is easier said than done seeing how I didn’t have a portfolio. I had put the camera down as was giving my writing and art a chance to develop. But at heart I’ve always been a news shooter. That’s what got me into photography early on and sometimes I kick myself for not chasing it harder when I was a lot younger.
But I found Alamy. They have a news wire, and excellent customer service. They actually answer emails. They’re also based in England, so sometimes I have to wait out the time difference for a response. They’re also great about sending verification letters so that I can get press credentials.
Then I did a little horse trading with the local camera shop and upgraded my gear to be better suited for the job.
So in the last two weeks Alamy’s got me into two major events, and I’ve also covered multiple other local events. Which leads up to this week: I’m credentialed to cover both Trump and Rubio events in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday. (There was a Bush event in there too, but he quit.) I’m going to crash a Carson event because I haven’t heard back from his press people.
So I seem to be getting some traction going this direction so I’m going chase the light for a while. Hopefully I’ll get some behind-the-scenes stories out it to post here. It also keeps me out of the house and in the sunshine. I’m even losing a bit of weight because of the activity.
Keep an eye on my Instagram. The latest updates will wind up there, it’s just so convenient.
I recently started a series of posts jokingly titled “Fake Art School” where I look at historic art books and do drawing exercises found in them. The name was a joke that came out of nowhere. Imagine my surprise when I found out that fakeartschool.com was an available domain!
So for $13 its mine for the next year at least. Right now the domain just redirects to my FAS page here on jennifermack.net.
I don’t have any plans for FAS other than continuing with the posts I have planned. Maybe in the future I might start doing videos, and build the domain out into its own site.
But for now, I’m just happy that I was able to claim that little spot of the ‘net.
I’ve been mulling over making a few changes to the blog since Christmas. In the last few days I’ve got around to it. The biggest and most visible change is the new theme. I previewed the Twenty Sixteen theme a few times but didn’t install it. After digging into some of the customizations, I finally clicked apply. Overall, it’s a clean theme and I like how the sidebar looks. The mobile responsive view is espectially nice.
The top menu has needed some love for a while. This update cleans it up, and puts the focus on Fake Art School. I’ve also added an Art drop-down that has links to posts tagged Pen & Ink and Urban Sketching. It’s also where I’ll be linking pages that collect my sketchbook scans.
I also exprimented with the WordPress portfolio feature as a place to put my sketchbooks, but I found it cumbersome. Instead I went with the tried-and-true static page. Overall it’s simpler, and will export cleanly for backup purposes. The URL is also shorter as it doesn’t include “/portfolio/.”
One new addition to the sidebar is the Upcoming Events block. I thought it’d be fun to publicize some things I’ll be doing.
To be blunt, October has been a month of failure. I’m glad to see it gone. Pretty much all my plans fell apart, and I accomplished very little. Read on, if you’d like to see a detailed post-mortem of the tenth month of 2015.
As promised, here’s the results of the sixth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 36-42, drawn Sep 14-20.
Here’s the drawings from this past week. (I’m a couple days late on this one, sorry.)
Dino Statue This is day 3⃣6⃣ of my 80 drawings in 80 days personal challenge. Today's drawing is the dinosaur statue outside of @AZMNH. Hit the link in my bio for more info, 三Ｑ. Why 80? Because that's how many pages my sketchbook has! #80in80challenge #PHX #PHXartist #project #PenAndInk #drawing #sketching #pencil #pen #sketchbook #art #inking #dailydrawing #illustration #instadraw #Mars #techno #2mm #Rapidograph #Kohinoor #technicalpen
As promised, here’s the results of the fifth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 29-35, drawn Sep 7-13.
Here’s the drawings from this past week. (I’m back-dating this post because I totally forgot to keep the weekly posts updated!)
Barn This is day 2⃣9⃣ of my 80 drawings in 80 days personal challenge. Today's drawing is barn. Hit the link in my bio for more info, 三Ｑ. Why 80? Because that's how many pages my sketchbook has! #80in80challenge #project #drawing #sketching #pencil #pen #sketchbook #Mars #techno #2mm #Rapidograph #Kohinoor #technicalpen #art #inking #dailydrawing #illustration #instadraw
So I’ve been doing a daily drawing for thirty days now. I posted the 30th last night.
Tattered Books This is day 3⃣0⃣ of my 80 drawings in 80 days personal challenge. Today's drawing is a couple of old books from the Pen & Ink Techniques book. Yay! One month of this project in the bag. Tomorrow I'll be doing a blog post about what I've learned so far. Hit the link in my bio for more info, 三Ｑ. Why 80? Because that's how many pages my sketchbook has! #80in80challenge #PHX #PHXartist #project #PenAndInk #drawing #sketching #pencil #pen #sketchbook #art #inking #dailydrawing #illustration #instadraw #Mars #techno #2mm #Rapidograph #Kohinoor #technicalpen
That’s thirty down and fifty(!) to go for those keeping track.
I’ve posted each one to Instagram, and I’ve managed to not miss a day. There’s been a few days when I really didn’t want to open up the pens. But I did anyway. The drawing might have been simpler than I would’ve liked, but I got it done.
I’ve also learned a few things about my work habits, and what it takes to make pen & ink art every day.