So I’m at the store with the kid yesterday, we’re buying her art supplies for a scholarship thing she wants to win, and I stop to check out the games. She’s like “you should buy me Minecraft”. So I’m like “You acted like you hated it the other night.” So she says “I was distracted, and didn’t understand what to do, but I liked it.” So I bought it for her. I don’t fucking know about that kid anymore, but whatever. Maybe we can build a castle or something.
I decided to go ahead and just buy Manga Studio 5 EX. You can get it for about half off on Amazon and rather than drag my feet I decided to just use some of that Patreon money to try and bring you guys some better quality work. I’ve been using 4 in preparation for a shift to the new software. Since Windows and Photoshop CS1, are having more and more trouble getting along I thought I better have a backup plan for when I can’t use PS anymore. Photoshop is becoming less and less friendly to the small time creator, so hopefully Manga Studio will keep things a little more affordable for the foreseeable future.
At the end of the day nothing is ever secure. I’m just taking a guess and doing what I hope will work. Unfortunately all my old files will eventually be unable to be opened in any program, so I’m going to need to do something about archiving them in a format that can at least be read in other programs. I’ve tried to move one from PS to Manga S, but it doesn’t work right. It might be that my stuff is too old, or maybe it just doesn’t work right ever, regardless it doesn’t work. Someday I’d like to offer the archive up as physical books, but that’s going to take a lot of work. At some point I’m going to have to hire someone to sort it out because I’ll never have time to do it on my own.
I absolutely need to buy a new external hard drive. The ones I have have passed the standard failure time period for their brands, so any day could be their last, or they could survive another 100 years. I find it’s best to place data on as many things as you can afford. The archive is too big for discs. It has been for well over 4 years. Long lasting hard drives is the best option.
The pages on the website are not print quality. They are optimized for the web. Meaning that they don’t print very well. You can, and at smaller sizes they would look fine, but I’m not sure what sizes those would be. I basically have 3 archives: base files, print “ready”, and web. The latter two can fit on a decent sized thumb drive. The base files is 147 GB. Which doesn’t seem as big as it did before memory space started getting so cheap. The web files are about 129 MB, but they start around page 280. The print archive is 400 or so MB, and contains all the pages so far. They are the size I arbitrarily decided was big enough the day I started.
Anyway, I’m going to try and keep using the old art stuff until I start a new arc, so that it doesn’t change styles mid story. And it’s still going to be me so the style can only change as much as my ability allows within the confines of the tools I have. I mean that picture of Jo in the panda outfit is Manga Studio, so it’s not like I’ll suddenly get better at art. XD
Also, just so people can stop asking, or those of you who read the blog can answer if it comes up, the circles under Victoria’s eyes a natural feature. I drew them black because I assumed people could make that leap without having to render them in a realistic color. Clearly that is not the case, so I made them purple today (and from now on), which is what mine look like when I’m sleep deprived. Some people have them even if they get enough sleep and Victoria has that going on. I used to know the word for it but I don’t anymore.