Digital art crisis

For decades now, I have seen people warning you to make a plan and back up your files before updating your computer. I figured I was okay. I have regular backups. Whatever.

But I wasn't prepared for this. This time, my OS update killed my precious Adobe software. The old version that you pay a crapload of money for, but just one time. I'm crying inside, giving in to defeat. I just don't have the energy to fight technology and revert to the old OS. I don't want to be a dinosaur!

But my art income doesn't currently justify the high cost of the Adobe subscription, so I'm on the hunt for less expensive alternatives. Which means that instead of spending money, I'll be spending lots of time learning new interfaces, and I'll probably run into a lot of limitations requiring multiple programs to do what Adobe could do all in one environment.

For the past few months, I've really been getting into my digital work, creating fairly seamless workflows that can turn my paintings into digital art, and my iPad drawings into vector patterns. So this feels like a major setback. I've watched older artist friends go through these kinds of technological upheavals and wondered when I'd start feeling as frustrated as they do. I'm finally caught up, guys!

Ugh! This sucks! But as usual, I have to look at the bright side, so that I can get through the rest of the week instead of wallowing in despair.
- I'm grateful that I already had dinner plans tonight with another digital artist friend, so I can have a good whine over a bottle of wine.
- I'm grateful that there are inexpensive and free software alternatives.
- I'm hopeful that I'll be able to salvage my old *.AI files for future work and order fulfillment.
- And I'm grateful that Photoshop still sort-of works, for now. Although I may not be making any vector stuff right away, hopefully I'll be able to crank out more non-vector projects before Photoshop kicks the bucket too.

Like this seamless watercolor pattern.


Oh god I'm horrified imagining what will happen if lose my clone stamps and healing brushes.