So....we're all friends here, right? Good. We need to chat. (If you don't want to read my rant, just skip to the end - the paper doll sheet is there!)
First of all, I am having an amazing year artistically. I'm more productive than I've ever been and I love it! My art has gained a little traction & a wider audience - all good news. I was also asked to contribute to the 2018 Paper Doll Convention souvenir pack. (if you want a set, you can order it here. I probably should!!) Pretty great, right?!
Anyone who has read this silly little blog over the years has contributed to this and I am forever grateful.
(Sounds like I'm quitting, right?! Don't panic. I'm not!!)
This week, I've been having some tech issues that have really affected my productivity. I use a Surface Pro 3 with the full Adobe CC suite...and I pay about $800 a year for that "privilege". Recently, Microsoft rolled out a Windows update that broke the way my digitizing pen works in Photoshop. Adobe has not fixed it yet - I'm not the only one having trouble - and has not fixed it in the last six months or so that people have been complaining about it. It just hit me yesterday. So basically, the only way I can draw in Photoshop is if I hold the button down on my pen while using it. It's an economical nightmare. My wrist aches. I may not be able to draw again until Monday!!
Essentially, this means my current year-long series is on hiatus until either 1) Microsoft fixes the pen software that it just rolled out (it probably won't) 2) Adobe patches the problem Microsoft created (more likely but not immediate) or 3) I find software to replace Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat (not Reader, the full version - I use it to format prints and books).
The good news is that this does not affect the collaboration project. I mainly use ArtRage for that and I think I can do everything in ArtRage that I would do in Photoshop. It also does not affect new projects because I can plan to do those entirely in ArtRage at least for the time being. And I may be able to get this all back up and running in no time.
I'd LOVE suggestions for professional-grade software. Really not happy with Adobe at the moment. If I find a suitable alternative, I'll share that, too.
Til then, here's the second sheet in the April set. I'm hoping to get back up on track soon!!