To be fair, it wasn’t as simple as watching a YouTube tutorial. I was upgrading an old Mac mini to El Capitan, but the downloaded on the Mac I was upgrading only downloaded half of the updater for some reason. This meant that, after I did the ol- “clear off and install”, it was stuck in a boot loop! I had to make a USB boot disk with a different computer (thanks YouTube) using the terminal. Anyways, fixing software problems rarely happens on a Mac, so when I manage to do it, it makes me feel like a 90’s movie hacker.
I realize it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog-archive, so here’s a new post, with my musings about digital art!
The big thing in this update, art-wise, is the big shift back towards a little cheapie intuos drawing tablet. I say cheepie, but these are going for $100 now? Yowzaz. I’m pretty sure I only spent like $75 on mine. In any case! This downgrade has been a (surprisingly) large factor in leading me to update regularly once again.
Digital art is meant to be convenient. No scanning and clean up, the awesome “undo” feature, copy and pasting, resizing and transforming, not really having to be too careful to wreck something irreparably with poor drawing decisions or coloring, etc. It’s great for comics. And I’ve always been lucky enough to steadily upgrade my drawing setups and software so that nothing technology-wise was ever limiting to what I wanted to make. Super convenient!
BUT toddlers aren’t built for convenience, they’re built to knock things off of desks and pull everything out of drawers and generally just make a glorious mess. That has been a big hinderance to me using all my fancy and expensive digital drawing tools, because the anxiety of me not wanting them to get wrecked has led me to… not draw with them that often.
But the little Wacom is a tough little unit, and i’m not too worried if it gets pulled of the desk and dropped. I lose a LOT of capability with that setup, but it’s not like these comics are redefining digital art, so it’s an acceptable compromise.
Go comics go!
Also- I do fully intend on reviewing some graphic novels I’ve been reading lately. I just want to figure out a good format to do it. So if you’re like me, and you like spending $10-15 dollars on a graphic novel that’ll take you a week to casually read and enjoy, but you JUST DON’T KNOW what to get, stay tuned!