OK before I go into this, I want to say I'm probably not doing the commissions. For one, I haven't seen that much of an interest, and two, there's a lot I have in mind to do myself. Also, I had a long phone conversation with a friend of mine
about a much more ambitious project. And that's all anyone will know of that
for the time being.
But the biggest reason to hold on commissions, is that I have two new toys to play with! Which is also why art's sort of dried for the time being. But once I get the hang of these, I'll have an easier time with artwork (crosses fingers)Toy 1: My new Lenovo gaming laptop
with complete SSD hard-drive. Oh yeah
. This thing is sooo much better than that bogged down Hewlett-Packard comp of mine, may it rest in peace (its not dead; I just won't care about it anymore). Its lighter, faster, higher tech, more compact, and capable of WAY better graphics. So instead of waiting for my computer to render filters, blurs, sharpening, or just waiting for Photoshop to respond, I can have my artwork done with no pauses save for user incompetence. Oh, and I can actually play that dang Skyrim game my brother gave me years ago, and actually see
the dang spells I'm casting, and not just killing my opponents by flipping them off. Only downside of this comp is that the screen is 14" instead of 17" like my other, so I'll have to get used to seeing things much smaller than I'm used to. I'm having to squint to see the dang screen. A hassle, but since I got this thing for nearly half-off, I'll take it. I bought this thing right
before I started having my latest ankle problems and missing work, so I might not have gotten it if I'd waited a few days, but what's done is done, and it would cost to much for me to send it back anyways. And who can argue with getting a high-end laptop for almost half off? ITS MINE.Toy 2: Clip Studio Paint.
GOODBYE, PHOTOSHOP. I have a new
friend! Clip Studio Paint is basically Manga Studio only bought online. It was a very nice present. I already don't know what I did without it, and the only thing I've done with it is look up tutorial vids. Linework is going to be so much easier once I master this. Problem is, until I do
master it, I have no clue what I'm doing. I've tinkered around some but there is going to be a bit of a learning curve.
So yeah, couple that with the learning curve for *#^%@ Windows 8.1, and I've got some work to do before any more decent art comes out. Hopefully, I can get work done faster with a quicker comp and better art program for drawing, so once I can get my art time down to a more manageable level, maybe then
I might take a commission or two. Assuming I don't blow my free time in Skyrim . . .
So that's the update. Next toy I'm saving up for is a higher-end graphics tablet, maybe even one with a screen on it. Yeah, like I'm made of that much money. But watching the guy in the poorly translated-subtitled tutorial vids for Clip Studio Paint use a monster screen-style tablet made me want one (or at least something with a screen) like it was my long-lost soul mate. Which it might be.
Also, if I can get the hang of this quickly, I have three members of the Elite Guard from Transformers Animated all drawn up in Humanformer style, waiting for me to figure out how to use the magic inking tool in CSP. Sentinel is especially impatient; he wants to show he really does have a decent head on his shoulders