I'm Liz, and I draw a comic called Adrastus. On this blog you're going to find art tutorials, robots, stuff about my comic and Manga Studio, and lots of feminism. I'm one of those feminists who believes that women should be equal to men, not superior. I want equal representation in media and hate ridiculous over-sexualization of women.

I curse sometimes. If you want to see my fandom stuff, that blog is titled feelsandships.
More Experience Okay so I was going to blog today about some of my favorite features of Manga Studio 5. But then last week my Desktop’s hard drive decided that it wanted to start acting up, and it fully died on Monday afternoon. This is why there also hasn’t been a new Manga Studio video this week.
Full story is this: Monday I made the speech balloons tutorial. In the evening we had a little storm and the power blipped out for a moment. My desktop is plugged in to a surge protector so I don’t know if that had anything to do with this or what but when the power came back it was taking forever for my computer to start up again. I turned it off, let it sit for awhile, turned it back on with hardly any problems.
The next few days I spent working on this video about me making giant robots:

And for the three days that I worked on that video, my computer and I fought. And we fought. And we fought. It would drag. It would go slow. The video editor crashed. I’d go to try to open a folder on My Documents and it would take ten minutes. I thought it was just because the computer hated the video editing.
But then I finished the video and closed everything. Restarted and the computer ran fine for a little while. And then it started dragging again. I’d be doing something and the screen would go black, displaying a message that I needed to insert the proper boot disk. It would crash, restart, and take about 30 minutes to get to the log-in screen again so I could get back to what I was doing. Then I started getting the (very friendly looking Windows8) blue-screen-of-death telling me that my computer was having a “Kernel inline data error”.
Now by this time I’d started to panic and had gone and purchased an external hard drive and was in the process of backing up files. Which took three days because of the slowness. I also had my Surface set up on my desk so I could at least do something while staring at my desktop and waiting for it to actually cooperate. So I googled the error I was getting and discovered that it could be either a hard drive or RAM error.
By this time it was Monday again and I’d spent a full week fighting with my computer. I was nearly done backing up a folder of files that I’d deemed “I’d like to have backups of this stuff but I won’t cry if I don’t have them” when the computer conked out yet again. This time the start-up screen sat spinning and did nothing.  Frustrated, I unplugged the computer and took it down to Best Buy to get another opinion.
The helpful geek at Best Buy plugged in Osiris, watched him try to boot, and promptly said “Yup, hard drive is dead. You’ll have to call Gateway and get them to send you the boot disks so it can be restored to factory defaults and you’ll have to get a new hard drive.”
I called Gateway while still sitting in the Best Buy parking lot. After shipping I paid $40 for recovery disks and for overnight shipping. Which was really sort of a lie because my order wasn’t packed until Tuesday, so I’m not getting my disks until Wednesday, but whatever. Then I went and bought a new hard drive.
Hard drive has been installed and is ready to go as soon as the disks get here today. Hopefully it will be early so I can get it going.
The worst thing about this is that I really felt like I had found my stride again and then this crap happens and throws me completely off. I’ve pretty much gotten no work done this week because of dealing with the computer stuff. I’m insanely grateful that the drive held on at least long enough for me to get 95% of my files off it though. This is also the second hard drive that has died on me in the past two years or so, so that’s a little annoying. Still, not as bad as the time I had a scanner catastrophically fail on me and start melting, I suppose.
Anyway, I will write the blog post I originally wanted to write for today and post it another time. In the meantime, what’s the worst technology failure you’ve ever had? Tell me about it in the comments!
Today’s comic page made in Manga Studio EX5
More Experience

More Experience

Okay so I was going to blog today about some of my favorite features of Manga Studio 5. But then last week my Desktop’s hard drive decided that it wanted to start acting up, and it fully died on Monday afternoon. This is why there also hasn’t been a new Manga Studio video this week.

Full story is this: Monday I made the speech balloons tutorial. In the evening we had a little storm and the power blipped out for a moment. My desktop is plugged in to a surge protector so I don’t know if that had anything to do with this or what but when the power came back it was taking forever for my computer to start up again. I turned it off, let it sit for awhile, turned it back on with hardly any problems.

The next few days I spent working on this video about me making giant robots:


And for the three days that I worked on that video, my computer and I fought. And we fought. And we fought. It would drag. It would go slow. The video editor crashed. I’d go to try to open a folder on My Documents and it would take ten minutes. I thought it was just because the computer hated the video editing.

But then I finished the video and closed everything. Restarted and the computer ran fine for a little while. And then it started dragging again. I’d be doing something and the screen would go black, displaying a message that I needed to insert the proper boot disk. It would crash, restart, and take about 30 minutes to get to the log-in screen again so I could get back to what I was doing. Then I started getting the (very friendly looking Windows8) blue-screen-of-death telling me that my computer was having a “Kernel inline data error”.

Now by this time I’d started to panic and had gone and purchased an external hard drive and was in the process of backing up files. Which took three days because of the slowness. I also had my Surface set up on my desk so I could at least do something while staring at my desktop and waiting for it to actually cooperate. So I googled the error I was getting and discovered that it could be either a hard drive or RAM error.

By this time it was Monday again and I’d spent a full week fighting with my computer. I was nearly done backing up a folder of files that I’d deemed “I’d like to have backups of this stuff but I won’t cry if I don’t have them” when the computer conked out yet again. This time the start-up screen sat spinning and did nothing.  Frustrated, I unplugged the computer and took it down to Best Buy to get another opinion.

The helpful geek at Best Buy plugged in Osiris, watched him try to boot, and promptly said “Yup, hard drive is dead. You’ll have to call Gateway and get them to send you the boot disks so it can be restored to factory defaults and you’ll have to get a new hard drive.”

I called Gateway while still sitting in the Best Buy parking lot. After shipping I paid $40 for recovery disks and for overnight shipping. Which was really sort of a lie because my order wasn’t packed until Tuesday, so I’m not getting my disks until Wednesday, but whatever. Then I went and bought a new hard drive.

Hard drive has been installed and is ready to go as soon as the disks get here today. Hopefully it will be early so I can get it going.

The worst thing about this is that I really felt like I had found my stride again and then this crap happens and throws me completely off. I’ve pretty much gotten no work done this week because of dealing with the computer stuff. I’m insanely grateful that the drive held on at least long enough for me to get 95% of my files off it though. This is also the second hard drive that has died on me in the past two years or so, so that’s a little annoying. Still, not as bad as the time I had a scanner catastrophically fail on me and start melting, I suppose.

Anyway, I will write the blog post I originally wanted to write for today and post it another time. In the meantime, what’s the worst technology failure you’ve ever had? Tell me about it in the comments!

Today’s comic page made in Manga Studio EX5

You Are Dismissed 
There is a lot of glaring going on in these pages. Comic made in Manga Studio EX5, as usual!
Today, I want to talk about coping with a bad day.
At the college I attended, we had a joke that we knew what week in the quarter it was by how depressed the students were. In fact, this article at ArtsHub.com states that a Scientific American article confirmed that artists and writers are up to 20 TIMES more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder and ten times more likely to suffer from depression.  (Note: I tried to get to the Scientific American article, but it’s behind a paywall.)
So obviously, I’ve been dealing with depression- not always well- since long before I got on to medication for it. And I thought I’d share both some of my tried-and-true methods for coping, as well as some new ones that are working  for me right now.

Doing something else. I used to get periods of time where I wanted to draw but I just was too depressed to. Sometimes I would open my sketchbook and just stare at a blank page, telling myself that if I drew something, I would feel better. But the stress of the blank page would then just add to my depression, making it even worse, and continuing the cycle. Instead I learned that sometimes, I just had to do something else. Read a novel, look at artbooks, watch a movie or a documentary, find a new recipe to try. I just had to do something else until the mood passed and I could pick up a pencil again.


Get a few minutes of exercise. Even ten minutes of exercise a day is better than no minutes of exercise. When a down mood strikes, I often find that a playlist of music that reminds me of my current project, a pair of tennis shoes, and the outdoors are all my best friends. Usually after a nice walk with some rocking music, my brain has reset and I’m ready to jump back in to whatever I was supposed to be working on before.


Free-writing. This one I’ve found to be very effective when I’m severely angry or sad. I grab a notebook and a pen, sit down somewhere, and just write anything that comes to mind. When I’m done, I’ve usually had revelations about why I was feeling sad or angry, because the issue was something deeper than I thought. With the thoughts all out on paper and not a jumble in my head any more, it’s easier to sort through to the root of the problem and try to deal with it. (I used to keep an artist’s journal of Morning Pages, as suggested in The Artist’s Way, and I found that helped a lot with clearing away the “day to day clutter”)


Meditation. This one is actually new for me. I’ve always heard that I should practice meditation but I never felt like I could do it, because I’d always been told that you should be able to “silence your mind” while meditating and frankly, I can’t do that yet. So I felt like I was a total failure at it because I’d have lots of random thoughts and couldn’t stop them. But since I’ve gotten my new phone, I stumbled across an app called buddhify2, right when I started to realize this year just how bad my depression had gotten and started trying to turn it around in a real and positive way. Buddhify2 is a “modern mindfullness app” that has a beautiful, easy-to-use interface and lots of guided meditations for different situations. What I’ve learned from using the app is that my thoughts don’t have to be an enemy or a hindrance, so long as I use them in a constructive way during the meditation. My favorite meditation categories are Going To Sleep and Feeling Stressed. If you don’t have a smart phone, the meditations are available on Amazon as mp3 files. And there’s an update coming soon with more meditation tracks! This past weekend I also took a class called “Intro to Meditation” at a local shop and learned some more there, so I’m hoping to do some more independent meditation as well (which I can then log in the buddhify app).


Keeping track of happy moments. It’s said that those who are grateful for what they have and recognize even the little things that make them smile are happier people. For awhile I would, every morning, make a list of the things I was grateful to have in my life. If I didn’t write it down I would at least think about those things and say “Thank you” to a higher power for them- this was mostly done when I was running in the mornings, so I’d do it then, and I’ll likely start doing it again once I can get back to running more regularly. I’m like an app addict though since I got my smart phone, and I found an app called Happier- which also has a browser equivalent for those without an apple phone. Happier is simple: click on “Share Happy”, write about anything that made you smile that day, and hit send. You can add a photo to your moment too, and follow friends to see their happy moments. Even just trying to think of something to add to my journal makes me feel better sometimes, because I have to think about all the good things in my day and pick something.

So those are some of the things that get me through a rough time. What about you? I’d love to hear some more tips, or your thoughts on the ones that I’ve shared!
You Are Dismissed

You Are Dismissed

There is a lot of glaring going on in these pages. Comic made in Manga Studio EX5, as usual!

Today, I want to talk about coping with a bad day.

At the college I attended, we had a joke that we knew what week in the quarter it was by how depressed the students were. In fact, this article at ArtsHub.com states that a Scientific American article confirmed that artists and writers are up to 20 TIMES more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder and ten times more likely to suffer from depression.  (Note: I tried to get to the Scientific American article, but it’s behind a paywall.)

So obviously, I’ve been dealing with depression- not always well- since long before I got on to medication for it. And I thought I’d share both some of my tried-and-true methods for coping, as well as some new ones that are working  for me right now.

  • Doing something else. I used to get periods of time where I wanted to draw but I just was too depressed to. Sometimes I would open my sketchbook and just stare at a blank page, telling myself that if I drew something, I would feel better. But the stress of the blank page would then just add to my depression, making it even worse, and continuing the cycle. Instead I learned that sometimes, I just had to do something else. Read a novel, look at artbooks, watch a movie or a documentary, find a new recipe to try. I just had to do something else until the mood passed and I could pick up a pencil again.

  • Get a few minutes of exercise. Even ten minutes of exercise a day is better than no minutes of exercise. When a down mood strikes, I often find that a playlist of music that reminds me of my current project, a pair of tennis shoes, and the outdoors are all my best friends. Usually after a nice walk with some rocking music, my brain has reset and I’m ready to jump back in to whatever I was supposed to be working on before.

  • Free-writing. This one I’ve found to be very effective when I’m severely angry or sad. I grab a notebook and a pen, sit down somewhere, and just write anything that comes to mind. When I’m done, I’ve usually had revelations about why I was feeling sad or angry, because the issue was something deeper than I thought. With the thoughts all out on paper and not a jumble in my head any more, it’s easier to sort through to the root of the problem and try to deal with it. (I used to keep an artist’s journal of Morning Pages, as suggested in The Artist’s Way, and I found that helped a lot with clearing away the “day to day clutter”)

  • Meditation. This one is actually new for me. I’ve always heard that I should practice meditation but I never felt like I could do it, because I’d always been told that you should be able to “silence your mind” while meditating and frankly, I can’t do that yet. So I felt like I was a total failure at it because I’d have lots of random thoughts and couldn’t stop them. But since I’ve gotten my new phone, I stumbled across an app called buddhify2, right when I started to realize this year just how bad my depression had gotten and started trying to turn it around in a real and positive way. Buddhify2 is a “modern mindfullness app” that has a beautiful, easy-to-use interface and lots of guided meditations for different situations. What I’ve learned from using the app is that my thoughts don’t have to be an enemy or a hindrance, so long as I use them in a constructive way during the meditation. My favorite meditation categories are Going To Sleep and Feeling Stressed. If you don’t have a smart phone, the meditations are available on Amazon as mp3 files. And there’s an update coming soon with more meditation tracks! This past weekend I also took a class called “Intro to Meditation” at a local shop and learned some more there, so I’m hoping to do some more independent meditation as well (which I can then log in the buddhify app).

  • Keeping track of happy moments. It’s said that those who are grateful for what they have and recognize even the little things that make them smile are happier people. For awhile I would, every morning, make a list of the things I was grateful to have in my life. If I didn’t write it down I would at least think about those things and say “Thank you” to a higher power for them- this was mostly done when I was running in the mornings, so I’d do it then, and I’ll likely start doing it again once I can get back to running more regularly. I’m like an app addict though since I got my smart phone, and I found an app called Happier- which also has a browser equivalent for those without an apple phone. Happier is simple: click on “Share Happy”, write about anything that made you smile that day, and hit send. You can add a photo to your moment too, and follow friends to see their happy moments. Even just trying to think of something to add to my journal makes me feel better sometimes, because I have to think about all the good things in my day and pick something.

So those are some of the things that get me through a rough time. What about you? I’d love to hear some more tips, or your thoughts on the ones that I’ve shared!

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Question for horsy people!

horsesinthering:

isinglass:

I have a collection of various horse magazines (Young Rider, Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider, EQUINE, Western Horsemen, etc.) stretching for almost a decade. I’ll be moving shortly and would like to, if there’s interest, scan in and digitize the articles and make a sort of searchable and chronological archive of them. Would there be any interest in a free, digital collection of helpful English and Western riding articles, horse care tips, and other pony tidbits?

YES

YES YES YES PLEASE