What follows is a somewhat over-detailed breakdown of the different ‘eras’ of Interesting Time artwork, which is here mainly for my own curiosity and record-keeping.
- June 6th, 2006  until February 20th, 2007  – Windows Journal (w/Eurocom T210c Convertible)
- February 28th, 2007  until May 30th, 2007  – Corel Painter Essentials 2
- June 4th, 2007  until October 10th, 2007  – Corel Painter X
- October 11th, 2007  – Paint.NET, out of desperation after I tried to patch my *ahem* “extended trial” of Corel Painter X and broke it completely.
- October 15th, 2007  until January 24th, 2008  – Photoshop CS3, which to paraphrase T.Parker and M.Stone, was like building a sandcastle with a bulldozer.
- January 28th, 2008  to February 4th, 2008  – CorelDRAW X3.
- February 5th, 2008  to present – GIMP.
Things to note:
- I’m actually not totally sure when I made the transition from Corel Painter Essentials to Painter X. This date is a Best Guess based on certain half-remembered facts and a “careful” analysis of the artwork.
- #261 does not appear on the site. It sits instead on my hard drive, half-finished and officially a Lost Comic. I was having some kind of trouble with colour selection in Painter X, and couldn’t finish it then (this would lead to my disastrous attempt to patch it as noted above). Roundabout December 2007 I dusted it off and tried to finish it in Photoshop, but the look of the first and second halves were totally incongruous and I ditched it again.
- February 13th, 2007 marked the jump from being hosted on Blogspot to WordPress. WordPress, if I may say, has been much nicer.
- So far, I think the Photoshop ones look the best overall, but that program is expensive. Perhaps Adobe will send me a promotional copy…?
- The CorelDraw X3 era is very short. I paid money for that program, thinking I would “go legit.” I did not do my homework and thus I found to my shock that was vector-based. Fine, I thought, the comic started that way, it can continue that way. However, the differences in both the style and software was entirely too much to get over. On a lark I tried the GIMP (2.4.4) and found that it worked quite nicely for what I want, so away I went.
- On August 4th 2009, I posted my first comic on my very own domain and webspace, http://interestingtimes.ca! Various other bits of extra gravy were added as well, such as a donation button, more ways to share comics, and some other stuff.