So a guy I used to work with had a 7 year old laptop which became spare when work upgraded him for free. So he gave me his old machine, for free, pretty much for keeps. Which, obviously, I'm delighted about, because it will make college life so much easier for me. Unfortunately, I still cannot draw, because the tracking pad/mouse responsiveness is terrible on it. As most (but not all!) of you know - I draw entirely with my finger on a tracking pad. Comfortable, smooth, accurate mouse responsiveness is everything to my art. I have tried practicing and I have tried altering all the settings I can find, but I simply cannot draw on this laptop, the mouse is too jerky. So, yeah. No more drawing for me. Which honestly, really, really upsets me. I miss it so much. But what can ya do. Just thought I'd let you all know what the situation is.
I've dragged this out as long as possible in the hopes of finding some way around my laptop's death. Today was the final straw - I got a new charger and tried that, and it did nothing. So it is the laptop itself refusing to take power, which may well mean the hard drive is corrupted. Whatever the story is, it's unuseable, and it has taken all my files and software with it.
This means two things, one for you guys and one for me:
1. Commissioners - I cannot finish your commissions.
I also, at this precise moment in time, cannot afford to refund you the points you gave me for them, because I hedged my last bet on a new power supply for my laptop and am utterly broke now. HOWEVER. I *will* refund you all over the coming weeks, as I get money. (I need money to buy points to return to you.) I'm just in an incredibly difficult financial situation right now, exacerbated by spending money trying to fix my laptop. I ask you all to please, please be patient with me, as I'm under a lot of stress right now with all this. I haven't just lost the ability to draw your comissions, I have lost 10 years worth of personal photos, emails, texts, raw art files. If my house burned down, I wouldn't lose the wealth of valuables I have lost with my laptop. I just need time to get the money together to refund you all.
I apologise sincerely, but believe me, there is nothing I can do.
2. I will not be drawing anymore.
I cannot afford a new laptop. I will not be able to afford a new laptop in the forseeable future. I have attempted to reacquire my drawing software since my laptop died, to install on a friend's laptop just to finish commissions, and I couldn't find the software. Even if I could, I'm going to have to return this laptop shortly. So the point here is, I'm not going to be drawing anymore in the forseeable future. I will still be around DA, I will reply to comments and check up on my DA pals, and of course I will be back to refund my commissioners - so I'm not going anywhere. But I won't be drawing and uploading new material. Hopefully someday circumstances will allow me to get a new laptop and software.
Until then, thanks to everyone who has watched me, favourited or commented on my work, watched my livestreams, and generally supported me on here over the years. It has meant more to me than you guys will ever know.
See ya around.