Saturday, September 27, 2008
Some cool bugs arrived in the mail recently. I have decided that I really like drawing "nature stuff" tho' I have no plans for how I shall exploit it for profit.
This morning I thought, "gee, wouldn't it be fun to render the bugs in powerpoint." But when I arrived at the computer station, the mac was on and the pc was off. Powerpoint is currently on the pc, but not the mac. I decided that I was too lazy to bend down and turn on the pc (besides, that monster takes a good 15 minutes to warm up) but wouldn't it be fun to try Illustrator.
I hate to date myself, but the last time I tried Illustrator, I think it was version 2 (my old mac has 7, but its well beyond that now). To be honest, I remember nothing of that encounter except the irritating "vector-based drawing" (which is really great if you are working for John Deere and you have to render every single rivet in the UltraMan Thresher, or something like that). I figured I'd find the ellipse-drawing tool and go from there.
It wasn't nearly as easy to pick up as I hoped. Boeuyed by my recent conquest of Powerpoint (yeah, I know, nothing to brag about) I started by opening a new file. Then everything halted. The ellipse tool was gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. Eventually I put on my computer-teacher hat, and it materialized, not surprisingly, in the tool menu. The sad thing is, I could do a better beetle in powerpoint. i am humbled by my ignorance.