I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much... But it looks like my scanner is working correctly again??? I'm not sure. o_0; Instead of using the desktop like usual, I hooked it up to my laptop earlier today to help my husband scan his pictures (the desktop was acting up, it's getting so old), and I didn't actually see any problems with it.
I mean, it wasn't completely broken, it was just scanning pictures with dark splotches all over them, and the more time passed, the worse those blotches became. Because I'm practicing using the pen tool in Photoshop for inking, I can technically scan my pages, pen over the image, and delete the sketch underneath and never subject my eyes to such horrors ever again (until the next picture I scan, anyway). I simply couldn't scan images that were already colored because of those horrible blotches that ruined my pictures. Up until now, I've just been inking drawings that were already scanned, or coloring pictures that were already inked, so I never really bothered with the scanner myself. I had given up on it.
So, strangely enough, I had no problems with it today. Not only did it NOT splotch up the images I scanned, it also didn't do its weird, random switching-off thing it usually does when I (used to) use it. (Kerry swears it never happens to him when he uses it. Maybe it just hates me.)
On the one hand, I'm happy for this (tentatively good) news. If the scanner is actually working this well again, I can get back into drawing by hand regularly without feeling that sense of loss and despair (Oh, I'm a drama queen. Sue me). I could start inking my manga pages and uploading them with minimal cleaning and just slap on the screen tones and be done.
On the other hand, I'm extremely excited about the progress I've been making on Photoshop lately. I feel like I may never ink by hand again. I've always hated my inking skills and have felt like a failure because of them. I can draw with fast, clean lines with a pencil, but I can't do the same thing with a pen-- fast or slow-- and my drawings would always come out misshapen, broken, clumpy at points, mis-measured, and just overall sloppy and amateurish. Inking simply never retained the intentions in my art; instead it would cause my art to deviate from the exact feeling I wanted to convey. In contrast, I'm learning more and more about Photoshop and my art is improving beautifully. And it's just plain FUN! Inking by hand is a drag, but Photoshop is like a game to me now. I don't ever want to stop! :D
I think I'll upload a sample of what I'm talking about, although I didn't use very complex coloring skills or anything. It's not *quite* finished yet, but it shouldn't take too long to finish...
Edit- Here is my picture on DeviantArt, where you can also read my thoughts on the process: http://kitti606.deviantart.com/art/Cronus-point-WIP-558442442