Because all the world was holding its collective breath and absolutely nothing else was happening on Earth except worrying about my problems...
Well, there MAY be a few things going on more important than some deviantart doodler whining about his broken toys, but anyway.
An update on the art situation here at VanHeist command central. My suite of digital tools remains offline as it's apparent that my tablet itself--not the stylus, as hoped--has succumbed to an advanced case of the herp-a-derp-whoopsy-plops and can't sustain so much as a squiggly line without clipping, skipping, or making whatever the hardware equivalent of a dismissive fart noise is. Bummer. Over a decade of use is pretty much a win for a tool so regularly punished.
So I've bit the bullet (no idea where that phrase comes from, by the way) and threw money at a brand new Intuos Pro which should arrive in a week or so. I would have sprung for a Cintiq like all the cool kids, but the genie only granted me my wish for stunning good looks, and not waterfalls of money or pants-crappingly expensive art tools, and besides, the Intuos series has served me quite well in making mah silly li'l doodlez, so there ya go.
As previously reported, this does mean that there will be approximately Jack Schizzle-Squats going on for me here in the gallery until the new toy arrives (and works, presumably), so I apologize once again to waiting commissioners and anyone wondering why the hell I'm not posting anything. In the meantime, this presents an opportunity to get back in touch with my roots by swivveling over to my actual drawing desk, and using pencil and paper just like my Cro-Magnon ancestors did. It'll scare the hell out of my pencil sharpener, which probably assumed a long time ago it was retired. GET READY TO CHEW SOME WOOD AND GRAPHITE, BOSTON McSPINNY!
That's about it for now. You can go back to paying attention to important things now!