Monday, 17 December 2018

1812.17 HARD TABLET TO SWALLOW

I love drawing, it's a good way for me to process my thoughts and to channel them into a physical manifestation. It doesn't matter if I'm any good at it - I enjoy it and I get a lot back from it.

I use an Android tablet device with a stylus to draw with. I used to use a Nexus 7 but a couple of years ago I upgraded to a 10" Acer tablet. It was a second hand device but I needed the bigger screen and the old device was suffering from massive lag. It's been a great device and I've done some good work with it.

Late last week I came to the device to do some work on a drawing for a blog post (the next one actually). I turned it on to find the battery was at 5% so (slightly annoyed) I put it on charge. I went back too it about an hour later to find it turned off. Odd, I thought, but I went to turn it on.... Nothing. The device was dead.

I tried all sorts of troubleshooting to try and resurrect it. Nothing worked. It was dead and not about to change state. I thought of all the work I'd potentially lost, my heart sank. I checked my laptop, luckily I'd backed up some work but I'd lost a lot of working files and templates I liked to use. Not great but not the end of the world either.

I've been saving up for a new tablet for a while now, I was hoping to buy something new in early 2019. I have a number of blog posts I wanted to illustrate and a commission to do before the beginning of January. I looked online and read reviews - I needed something good on a budget. I think I found it.

I ordered my new tablet which I took delivery of yesterday. I've installed all the software I like to use for my drawing and given it a test run. All in all it's the same as it's predecessor in the way it works, it just looks nicer and hopefully will last me a long while.

So I'm back in the game - my drawing has had a setback but I'm confident I'll bounce back better and I'll (obviously) do more back-ups.

I can now get back to preparing for the festive season, we've done loads of shopping and I look forward to the actual event.

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