Droids Custom Gonk: Slow progress...

by Bill Cable
on 2019-06-26, 07:20:11

So - it's been a few weeks since I've updated my Gonk progress. The reason for this is because I really haven't made much progress. And that's due to several factors:

  1. I'm wrapping up a major software project at work, a built-from-scratch, enterprise-wide replacement to a critical legacy application. It goes to production tomorrow. So I've been working to the point of exhaustion on a daily basis for about two months. When I get home I'm rarely up for putting in hours in Photoshop.
  2. Weekends have been very busy as well.
  3. We took a vacation to Cedar Point a couple weeks back.
  4. And if that wasn't enough, this past week my drawing tablet died!

I'd been using my Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet for my art since I purchased it back in 2009. And I guess 10 years is a pretty good lifespan for a PC peripheral. I'd been using a deprecated driver for the tablet ever since upgrading to Windows 10, so something must have happened in the past month with Widnows that made that old driver nonfunctional. My PC would only see the tablet as an unrecognized USB device.

As sad as I was to see it go, I'm pretty excited with its replacement! I went with the XP-PEN CR Deco 02, and so far I'm really happy with what it. It took a long time to get Photoshop to recognize pen pressure - had to download and install the actual drivers from the XP-PEN website before it'd work. Whatever Windows auto-recognized didn't cut it. But now it's working fine. Zooming in with the wheel is pretty slick. As soon as I can figure out how to map the "hold" tool to the button click, I'll be all set!

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After my project is live I'm hoping I have a ton more energy to wrap this Gonk up. To tide you over, here's what I've done so far coloring-wise. This is all really rough work-in-progress stage stuff, so know it'll end up way cooler.

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