So here’s 445. In other news, though:
So my parents bought me my D830 this summer for roughly 2k when all expenses are considered. For the most part, I have no qualms about this laptop, specially when you consider I’m moving over from 14 inch laptops. I do, however, have a qualm with this shitty little auditorium swing-out desks that don’t give you enough room to do anything. So while my D830 sees heavy use on my desk in my dorm, my 500m is getting a new lease on life due to those shitty desks. Can you believe they make us TEST on those desks? It’s ridiculous.
Anyways, I realized recently this wasn’t the best plan for laptop purchase. Here I bought ONE $2k laptop for college, meaning it’s supposed to last about four years. But this is the wrong approach. What I should have done was bought TWO $1k laptops, once every 2 years. At the end of four years not only do you have TWO laptops, but the second laptop will have better specs than the $2k laptop you bought at the beginning of four years in the first scenario. This is also a more flexible solution: now that I consider those shitty auditorium desks, I’d go back to a 14 inch laptop in two years.
Speaking of computers, the D-san collection of computers has grown to ten units with the acquisition of a Dell Optiplex at the beginning of Thanksgiving break. For great justice.
Speaking of justice, compare C071126 to C061106 from just over a year ago. The latter image reigned as my signature work for a few months before being superceded by 070211. Anyways, it’s a good comparison because they’re both ToTA fanarts. It’s nice (for me at least) to see that progress is still there, despite being imperceptible (to me at least) for much of the year. I can only hope for the best in the coming year…
Anyways, the general idea behind the current method (my colored work can apparently be grouped by the “methods” they use: if you look at my DA gallery http://bradlycolin.deviantart.com/gallery/, 071120 and 071126 are done approximately the same way; 070928 through 070703 share a different method; 070612 and 070522 are the same, etc, etc) is to use OpenCanvas’ inking tool to imitate my hacks on pencil lineart. I’m making use of a quantum principle that noise on a microscopic level does not translate into noise at a macroscopic level. A “noisy” piece of art, when “noisy” at a low enough level will not translate into a “noisy” piece. The other piece of the puzzle is that perfection is the wrong direction to go. Don’t even try to make anything perfect, it’s not worth the trouble.
The methods are somewhat cyclical; the next thing I try will probably once again be using a pencil lineart…
Oh yeah, I think NWars traffic has actually risen by a miniscule amount since the beginning of the year. At this point I’m tempted to reset the counter and take a look. What amazes me is how this comic is actually in the top 10% for “the webcomic list”‘s ranking system. Maybe it’s just a bug in their system and we should actually be in the bottom ten percent, but if that top 10% is actually true, it means we aren’t too bad despite my worst fears. Anyways I’m tempted to reset the counter and take a look. Total traffic for the past two years has been like 17k including reloads.
Ok, that’s it I think. Have yourself a nice day.