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Well, some people (*ahem*Moe) seem to think that I have disappeared/died, so I thought I'd take it upon myself to reassure them that I am, in fact, not dead. I was going to say "I'm really really busy", but that's not really true, since I'm pretty much the laziest person ever. But, its fair to say that I'm "more busy than I usually am", which basically means that I managed to get my slovenly arse out of bed and propped in front of a TV or something. Score one for the good guys!

I have been working on something though. I'm not going to say what, but its DEFINITELY NOT a Four Elements 4 entry.

Here are some screenshots:

I also managed to finally break down and buy a Wacom tablet. It's really cool, definitely worth the money, although what they don't tell you in all the advertisements is that it doesn't come prepackaged with talent. Apparently, you have to already know how to draw in order to do.. whatever you're supposed to do with wacom tablets. As far as I can tell its mostly useful for making awesome doodles of naked stick figures and war machines with death lasers.

I was planning on getting one of those two, but I myself am not a great artist. However, I can guarantee that I would draw better with that than MS paint.

Great screenshots, by the way.

I wonder how pirates can load their guns with a hook for a hand?

I found that the graphics tablets I've used were great for tracing stuff. Other than that, I have no other talents with them

OMFG!

ALL HAIL THE PIRATE SHOOTY THING

I had a Wacom Graphire for awhile (still do) but it is an enormous pain. The drivers are utterly terrible and introduce ridiculous levels of instability to my OS X installation (causing kernel panics on login, logout, etc) and the pad is way too small to get any kind of serious work done on it.

In addition, I don't own any applications that take advantage of the pressure sensitivity, nor do I often draw freehand as opposed to making my sprites out of geometric solids in GIMP so there is almost no benefit to using it.

I was thinking of getting a tablet. I can draw fairly well, but I've always been uncomfortable drawing with a mouse (plus the one I have no is so bad I need to make several strokes just to draw a curved line), so making art on pc is usually fairly frustrating. How much did your Wacom cost?

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 I wonder how pirates can load their guns with a hook for a hand?

That's what pirate wenches are for ;)

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 How much did your Wacom cost?

$200. There's a$160 one that has about the same amount of features, but the one I got is wireless, which is really convenient.

(Also, don't buy from the Wacom store, just about everything is \$50 more there).

You can get dinky little Wacom tablets for around 130 Aussie dollars. They're meant for photo retouching, but I find it better than the mouse for computer art. I still suck at art, but I suck a bit less with a Wacom tablet.

And those screenshots are awesome. I like the trees in particular.

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