Sort of . . .
As some of you may have noticed, or if you were confused to find my empty page, my entire gallery here on DA has been put into storage. Just over a week ago, my laptop refused to boot into Windows after a month of spontaneous freezing, occasional crashes, and making loud scrapping noises probably coming from the fan. And with a whole lot of important files trapped in it, there's a possibility of losing it all. Yeah, I should've prepared back-ups and all, but I only have so much to store my files in. Days after that, I had a breakdown and nuked my gallery. Fun times. But it'll be back, just going to be cleaning things out.
I hope to get my laptop fixed soon, though I'm really more concerned about recovering all of my files. This laptop, a Dell Inspiron with Windows Vista, turned out to be a piece of crap within three years with all of its weird problems. A new computer, and a new tablet, would be pretty great, but I don't see myself getting a new one anytime soon, haha! Not with what little money I have to spend. Again, hope to get this laptop fixed and hope it holds up better if it can get up and running again.
I'm stuck having to borrow my cousins' mini laptop to get online to talk/socialize with friends, research, and continue doing digital art. The screen is only 9 inches wide compared to my 13/14-inch laptop; pretty much half the size of my laptop's screen, so working on a smaller screen makes me claustrophobic. The monitor is slightly dim, making it rather difficult to distinguish similar color hues and, after installing GIMP, it's taking my tablet pen's pressure sensitivity some time to adjust (the pen tip is dead, so I currently use the eraser end and getting it work like a pen tip in some programs can be a real pain).
Digital art will be coming in pretty slowly. I've yet to complete an piece from flat colors to final touches on my cousins' laptop, but if it doesn't give me as much grief as I'm assuming it'll do, maybe I can continue commissions and trades. This situation is really crippling my motivation, but I gotta make do with what I have.
Apologies for no art feature for you guys who left a comment for a spot in the previous journal, I intended to do so earlier this month, but laptop said "Nope. Forget it." I'll do the feature as soon as I get a subscription, but right now, I just don't really like DA anymore. It's only about raking in money from its users with useless widgets and the popularity contests. And it's been a major source for fueling my envy of other artists. I don't know how of you who bother to read my journals and look at my art understand, but it's very discouraging when everyone else has better tools for creating art, has been going to art school, getting interns, and just being well-known… and you don't have any of that stuff. Worse, if you keep losing resources. I know I shouldn't care on a personal level, but I do want a place in the art world where a lot people appreciate what I do…
Being away from the Internet will do me good, I can focus on drawing and improving/making myself into a better person. I'll still be here and I'll try to comment a little more often… again. I can't promise, but I'll do my best.
And for the ARK readers, Arkaenalan is NOT dead! It's going into a hiatus because, again, my laptop isn't in working order and working on comic pages on a small screen with what little time I get to borrow my cousin's mini laptop will quite some time. The most I can really do is sketch the pages and color them whenever I can. I will continue to do concept art for it and working on the story more so it'll be much more solid than it is now. I'm aiming to have a large buffer of pages to post once I am able.
I'm really sorry that it's starting to look like another abandoned webcomic, but I can assure you that isn't the case. Thanks for patient and being interested in ARK!
Again, the majority of my DA gallery is currently in storage, but will return little-by-little. I'm cleaning it up in the meantime and creating a buffer of artwork to display eventually… and maybe not just vent art, haha! I am trying to get more content into my Blogger and maybe update there a little more often than here because it feels a bit more quiet there than DA. If you're interested in a link, just note me, or you can search for it and follow me there!
Anyway, thank you for taking the time into reading my horribly long journal post update! Have a good day!