I know things have been quiet on my end here. I had a busy Christmas season where I had to do these character designs for a client and had to get a bunch of them done in a short amount of time. And at the same time, at my job, I have a Visitor's Guide I had to flesh out, pretty much by myself. The money was frickin' awesome for it... But I paid an unfortunate price.
My workplace at both home and work were not, shall we say ergonomically sound. And I twinged my back the wrong way and as a result, I had trouble sitting in any seat for longer than a few minutes. It wasn't just an achey back, but it was outright shooting pain up my spine. I could not sit. I had trouble sleeping, because I would wake up in the middle of the night and my back would be murdering me. Needless to say it didn't make both of my jobs, cartoonist and Graphic Designer all to easy. Basically I was a miserable bastard to be around for two and a half weeks here.
Multiple Doctor's Office trips. (Thank god for health care!) And multiple theories, from a really bad pulled muscle to even a pinched sciatic nerve. In the end, it was (still is) an enflared muscle near the C-10 vertebrae of my spine, which had problems healing right, because it's in the middle of my back and there's not a lot of stretching exercises for the middle of the back. ANd because it was so enflared, it was pressing against nerve clusters causing the pain. Due to the fact I'm a near giant, the natural arc of my back when I sit was RIGHT THERE. It could not heal. And muscle relaxers weren't working, because that just relaxed the muscles and not the inflammation. The store brand ibuprofen was doing dick all, because it wasn't a strong enough dose. (The Osteopath described it as trying to put out a bonfire with a cup.) The reason the BenGay seemed to be the only thing that was working, was because it was the only thing that was working.
So now I got some anti-inflammatories, some awesome muscle relaxers (which make sleeping at night fun!) and a new appreciation for workspace ergonomics. So anyway. I cannot stress this enough, especially if you're tall like me (6'6")... Make sure your workspace is set up right. You don't wanna go through this crap.
So yeah, the people expecting artwork from me, you have my sincere apologizes. I'll get them to you soon.
I'll be wrapping up both the Shattered Glass story's artwork here and afterwards completing the Caribbean Chaos story soon after.
But in the meantime, for anyone reading this. Due to my finances not sucking like they had been for many years, I'm finally able to look into upgrading my computer system at home, making the jump from a PC to a new Mac. (Since I work on a Mac at work, it's just easier to not have to mentally switch back and forth from Mac to PC at home. Also I ain't been too happy with some of the shit Windows is pulling these days.)
I'm also considering getting myself a new Cintiq 13HD. For those that have one... Can you tell me about the pros and cons of it?