June 25th, 2016, 4:36 pm
High Tech Tech!
I got some new equipment, which is excellent news! My laptop was kind of limping along for a while. It would freeze and/or crash a lot while running Photoshop or Manga Studio, and sometimes it would do weird things like making the windows I was working in turn invisible... it got really buggy and difficult to use towards the end there. So hopefully a new main machine will help prevent those sorts of technical issues. I also decided to give an art tablet a try. I got a used Surface Pro 3 to see how well that works out for me, and if I like it I may upgrade in the future. So far I've been pretty impressed. It has a few quirks, but I absolutely LOVE the fact that it's a full computer, and not just a tablet, meaning I can install just about any program I want on it. The portability is a huge plus as well, and I've been able to work on some of my art while on the go.
The only downside is the time it takes for me to get everything back up and running the way it was on my old laptop, as well as the time it takes to learn how to use my new equipment. So I figured this would be a good time for a short chapter. The chapter that begins on Tuesday will be even shorter than the one that just finished. I thought about doing the entire chapter on my Surface Pro, but I've learned that while it's good for certain art tasks, it can be tricky to perform others. For example, it works just fine for sketching and coloring, but inking and lettering can be a bit tricky on it. Still, I think it will be a useful tool. So the page that comes out on Tuesday was done completely on the Surface, which is partly the reason for the change in style and quality. Things may continue to look somewhat different as I get the hang of all my new equipment and figure out the optimal way to incorporate them into my workflow. But my plan is to be back to my regular style by the next chapter.
So yeah, long story short, this next chapter is a short one and I'll be using it to experiment with my new tools. We'll see how things go.