Thursday, December 2, 2010

adventures in tablet lag

Children's Book Illustration. Final Version. Photoshop.
Christian Hill's Digital Illustration Class, Fall 2010.
The assignment was to create an illustration using Photoshop which featured a child and a non-human character in a scene which alludes to events preceding and following the moment depicted.

I had some extreme technical difficulties with this project. My laptop has always lagged a bit whenever I use Illustrator or Photoshop, and it decided to get ridiculously bad right when I started working on the final painting for this project. I am not sure what is wrong with it, but basically every time I make a mark on my tablet, that little circular icon that means "wait" pops up for anywhere from 2-30 seconds and I have to watch as the stroke appears in slow motion on my screen. I knew had to finish my project yesterday to avoid a late night trek to the nearest 24 hour kinkos tonight, so I sat at here almost nonstop for 18 hours painting one stroke at a time, crying, and pleading out loud to no avail with my laptop. I finished in time to sleep for an hour and a half before heading off to work. This sounds dramatic, but I really think that was the most miserable night of my life.

So I'm not totally happy with the end result, but I kind of can't believe I "finished" it, I really don't think I've ever been that frustrated before. At least none of my studio classes in spring are digital, maybe I will be able to save up for a new computer by fall.

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