Breaking in a new art toy with some FFVIII

I run in geek circles. And, because I run in geek circles, I often feel like I’m not geek enough, like my geek is somehow inferior to my friends’ geek. I mean, my friends get excited, and when I say they get excited, I mean they get passionate about their fandoms. And, when I say they get passionate about their fandoms, I should probably type that in caps lock, but I won’t.  I guess I’m just not the excitable sort. Crazy, I know.

And, I’m giving you that premise for a reason. Trust me; it’ll make sense in a minute.

Yesterday, I went out to lunch with my dad – our belated Thanksgiving. Of course, he asked what I wanted for Christmas. And, I’ll be honest, I’m at a point in my life where I’m tired of collecting stuff for stuff’s sake. I already have a lot of stuff, way more than I know what to do with, at least half of which is stashed in a closet for when I’m feeling less lazy and want to list it for sale. But, there are big, expensive toys I want. I don’t want to ask for them though; they’re way too pricey as a gift, so instead, I ask for money, or gift cards to stores I know sell them. And, I plan to hoard those things until I can afford them, but dad hates giving money.  He gave me cash for my birthday which I put aside toward the purchase of a new toy, though.

So, I told him I was saving towards a tablet so a donation to the fancy tablet fund would be appreciated, and that, as I said above, I am kind of over collecting things for the sake of things.

Well, needless to say, I have a new toy. A new, very expensive toy. We struck a ‘deal’. I gave him back the birthday money, and he bought my toy for me as a combined birthday/christmas gift.  This is the benefit of having your birthday a month before Christmas. Expensive presents end up becoming ‘combined’ presents. And that works for me, because I’ve been eyeing a tablet for art purpses since the Galaxy Note 10.1 was new and shiny.

I am now the happy owner of a Galaxy Note 12.2. It’s still the honeymoon period, but I’m happy with it so far. Getting used to Sketchbook for Galaxy was a slight learning curve. The main feature that’s killing me is being limited to 5 layers. It means I have to plan things a little better than I ever do (haha. Sad, but true. Look at any photoshop file I’ve ever created, and you will find 100000000 layers in no particular order.), but I’m getting the hang of it.

And, what does this have to do with me being a geek? Well, I set it up around 5 pm last night, and at around midnight I realized I had been drawing Squall from Final Fantasy VIII and watching the Avengers cartoon for 6 hours straight.  Oh. Yep, still a geek, just one that’s kind of old and out of date on current trends.

It’s not the world’s best drawing, really. first I was just going to do a floating head to try out the program, but I kept adding on. So the anatomy is…a bit questionable if you look closely. Don’t look closely, okay? 🙂

FFVIII Squall 2015

I’m pretty happy overall though. It’s not my best work by a long shot (not that any of my work is amazing, really), but if I attempted to draw for 6 hours with my wacom tablet, my had would have given up on me by the third.  The ability to twist and turn and finagle on the fly really helps me not cramp up.

Although, the S pen is funny, because in the instances I did experience lag, I instinctively shook it as if it was a regular pen running out of ink, then felt like an idiot for doing it.  I did that several times.

I know I haven’t posted much poetry lately, and am aware I need to get back to recording things, but I have a lot of hobbies and am feeling kind of poetry-lazy at the moment. I’m sure I’ll switch gears again soon enough.

Until then, at least I know I haven’t lost my geek cred. 😉

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