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November 12th, 2002

Finally, a Complete Toolset

"John! Go to CompUSA and buy yourself a copy of Photoshop so you can finish these pages for NIMH!"

"Okay!"

So now I have Photoshop 7.0 (which includes ImageReady) at work. That, combined with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX (in HomeSite emulation mode), is just about all I need to do my work as needed. I even have a little Epson inkjet sitting on my desk, 'cause it was a freebie from Dell and nobody else had any use for it. :)

I suppose it would be greedy to start hinting around about a drawing tablet, now...? ;)

-The Gneech

Why Do I Waste Perfectly Good Bristol?

Somebody take these art supplies away from me before my brain explodes.

-The Gneech

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The Big Game

Working on this year's "football" strip. Last year, when I had Leonard comment "we play one every year," I decided that every November-ish, I would find some way to do a football strip. Year Two didn't have one, but if I remember correctly, SJ was in hiatus at the time. My original plan was to have them all end on the punchline, "I want to play something else," but this year's gag didn't really lend itself to that, so I decided to give it a miss.

I decided I would sorta use the football strips as benchmarks to compare my style and skill as it (hopefully) improves, as well as just being a chance for me to cut loose and have some fun, artistically speaking. To that end, I've been working on making this year's particularly lush.

I say working on ... notice I don't say "succeeding." I have, in point of fact, been having a very difficult time with this friggin' thing. And as my skill does improve, so does my standard for what is an acceptable final product. When I did the first football strip, it was one of the best pieces I had done to date. At the time, I would have considered this coming Friday's strip amazing. Now, while it has some good parts, it has some major disappointments in it, as well ... disappointments that I don't have the time to go back and fix (I have two more useful evenings this week, assuming I stay home Friday night).

Of course, I'm probably overreacting; besides having to deal with the inherent artistic inability to be satisfied with my own work, the new job is a bit of a stressor, and some personal stuff is getting at me, too. I suppose I should just see these histrionics as what they are -- reactions to stress -- count to ten, take a deep breath, and just chill out. That isn't always easy for me ... but is almost always worth the effort.

To that end, let me end this post on a positive note: today was the last session of the chiropractic treatment for my pre-DragonCon back injury. I've been given a clean bill of health, spinally speaking, and the chiropractor has given his okay for me to start up the kung fu. Woohoo! :)

Anyway, that's all for tonight. Sorry for all the primadonnaness. Comes of being a creative type, I guess. :P G'nite!

-The Gneech

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