Earlier I wrote about my health issues and the fact that at least some of them are probably caused by bad posture due to crappy setup, or at least they are exacerbated by it. In response a few readers have donated money, to help me afford something that might make for a more ergonomic setup. I mentioned looking at the Yiynova MVP22U as one possibility.
One reader in particular (who wishes to remain anonymous) dropped quite the bomb on me, which means I’m now well on my way to being able to afford it! That actually made me cry a little… I didn’t even ask for donations! You guys are great ;_;
If any of you want to donate, you can, but please be aware that even if I am able to afford a super ergonomic setup right now, I still won’t be able to draw right away because of my health. Still need some time to recover. My recent visit to a doctor was completely fruitless by the way…
So, now that I am well on my way to afford something nice, it might be a good idea to step back and explore my options a little. The MVP22 is nice, but apparently Yiynova will release three new models really soon. It might be a good idea to hold on to the money until then.
It also might be an idea to investigate some tablet-pcs like the Surface Pro or the Cintiq Companion etc. I recently un-retired my old EP121 and drew a thing with it.
Here, have a sporty watercolor Mina!
The thing I really like about tablet-pcs is the ability to move them anywhere. They’re not tied to a desktop because there’s a computer in there, but that’s also one of the drawbacks. The only reason I retired my EP121 in the first place is because it’s getting old. It only has 4gb ram and can’t be upgraded beyond that. I need at least 8gb now that I work in color. Newer tablet-pcs are roughly twice as powerful as the EP121 and should be able to handle my workload without problems.
I’ll compile a list of options I’m considering soon. I did a lot of research into Cintiqs and their alternatives in the past few months and hopefully it might benefit others as well.
Slowly starting to get back into drawing, to see how my wrist handles it. The answer is: not very well. Even after a relatively long break it doesn’t feel like the pain got any better. It really seems like I’ll just have to deal with it at this point.
There’s still that appointment I have at a specialist doctor, maybe that might help? I dunno…
As for the drawing… I wanted to draw my Argonian character from Skyrim and I wanted to draw Mina, while experimenting a bit with a digital watercolor look. The resulting Image doesn’t make much sense, but whatever!
That sketchy watercolor look is something I want to use for IFF in the future. It could save some time, because the way I’ve been doing IFF so far just doesn’t lend itself well to ever finishing it.
Regarding AHS: I’ll probably try finishing the new banner first, before getting back to drawing comics.
There might be something to be said about taking an even longer break. Tendon injuries and stuff like that take a long time to heal after all.
Anyway, just wanted to post something and let everyone know I’m still alive. Hi. Hello.
I found some old drawings of mine and I thought it might be a good Idea to put together a little comparison. Maybe it’ll be motivational to some, or good for a laugh.
Looks like not only my art-skills evolved a bit, but also my sensibilities. I no longer think it’s a good idea to have a dragon dude wield a fucking gun and a sword. Also, said dragon dude is now a woman, but that’s because of other reasons.
Mina has become a completely different character as well, the only similarity is the name really.
So, there you go. Suddenly I’m really glad I held off on making that webcomic back then…