So it's been a week since my best day, and though I don't think I've had any day quite as amazing since then I have done some amazing things! Sort of. I thought I'd detail them in this sort of hybrid spin-off and follow-up chronicle.
So what's up? I'm behind on my Project 2017 stuff again... but almost caught up with Inktober! I've been doodling like crazy. I think I spent a bit too much time in the details of the first few, so the last ones have been almost overly simple to make up for time lost there.
Both have their own charm though. The overly complex and gritty and the overly simplistic and styleful.
It seems like artists overall often start with the complex, but lean towards the easier route the better they get. The better: the faster. When it's done right it looks good, but on the other hand if it's sloppy then it looks excessively sloppy. When you add detail even a piece that doesn't look professional can look like it took a lot of effort to make, but the opposite unfortunately isn't usually true.
Simple art done well really requires a tremendous amount of mastery - something that seems to apply no matter what craft you practice. Interesting how the simplest things are the most complex.
I'm not sure I'm the point where my simple pieces all look professional, but this Inktober thing is amazing practice. It feels like I've barely drawn a thing since last year too. I'm still a bit rusty, but polishing up.
I fixed the Wacom thing earlier this week. After the one night of hopelessness and brooding it only took a few driver re-installs, and uninstalls, and finally a restart, and then a little tweaking the settings panel that finally started working after I had the right driver set installed!
Lesson learned: if you happen to be using a Bamboo: make sure to download the LEGACY drivers, not the newest! And if a driver CD followed with your by-now-ancient tablet, disregard those since they might not work anyway. The newest version of whatever drivers are compatible with your device are the best choice. Look it up. If you have multiple drivers you'll need to uninstall the wrong ones for the right ones to work, too, since Wacom (unlike other software) doesn't do that for you.
So that sorted my tablet issues, and since then I've been tabbing away like a manic man. Taking a stab at it. Occasionally mousing. I'm better at vertical lines with the mouse than a pen, but better at horizontal ones vice versa. Better with round edges with the mouse, but better with uneven edges with the tablet. Better with cursive with the tablet, but better at texting with the mouse. I wonder if it's all a matter of habit, or if certain motions are just easier with a certain device.
As for my other issues, the Hexalist thing, that worked out too! I couldn't get it to run on my default computer no matter what I tried (we ran through a serious troubleshooting checklist), but then I tried it on my other computer... and those zeroes turned to numbers! Still haven't posted the latest update, but at least the data's all ready and waiting.
The bowling session went great (link), the dinner's coming up, Halloween celebration's coming up, my sister's birthday's coming up, various due dates are coming up, and my short November trip up North is coming up too. I hear they have snow there already. I ponder what clothes I should bring, and what it'll be like to live up there in the approaching dark and cold of early winter... if only for a few days. I also fear since it's only a few days one of said days might be wasted on one of the lately all too frequent spontaneous headaches I get, yet if I thought less about such things maybe I'd tense up less and get less headaches.
Either way it's going to be a ton of fun traveling up there, visiting a good buddy; especially in a season in which I usually never do.
In my after-work and after-home-work ventures I played out RE Revelations recently, and started again on 'Normal' difficulty (yeah I'm a casual player... normally), but then I got too deep into Metro 2033 on the train to work and yesterday found myself reading it for four hours straight before bed; falling asleep after 3. I woke up at 11:40 today. Bedtime routines took another serious blast there, holy hell, but at least winter time's coming up soon (+1 hour)...
Wish I could spend a whole day just reading a book sometime, but then again I probably wouldn't appreciate a day full of book-reading as much as a short book-reading session when there's really no time for a full day ever. Not that four hours is particularly short.
In other news I went taste testing smoothies earlier this week, tried some sushi and zone therapy yesterday, and backed 12 projects on Kickstarters. Money flies. Though only if any of them get funded...
I started today with a walk, and ended with one too, but it was all clouds and darkness this time. Orange leaves shine bright on the wet pavement though. Pretty pretty.
It's still autumn, but the first snow of winter actually fell this Sunday: October 22. A sparse powder at Spånga station one late bowling night. Pretty cool, but I swear I won't give up my shorts before November anyway. Not unless the weather forecast changes drastically and we get a new ice age.
Hopefully it won't come to that, cause I don't like breaking a promise, or losing a challenge, or wearing pants, or a too early winter. But when it does come may it be furious, and the snow in abundance.