Good news : I will no longer be struggling to draw terrible things to meet seasonal deadlines, however for the inevitably accompanying bad news : I can't draw at ALL now!
I just went to have another go at the hunting sketches and my tablet wouldn't respond. I tried changing the pen battery, still no life, so I checked it on the other computer and it definitely wasn't doing anything. For the last couple of years I've had the cord taped in at the back because it had worked loose and without a hefty application of duck tape the power would flick on and off leaving weird gaps in my lines! I thought I'd try wriggling it around and adding new tape, but when I peeled off the last lot, it looks like this :
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It seems that where the wire bends whenever I handle the tablet - because I hold it in my left hand while I draw, like a sketchpad, rather than flat on a desk - it had been suffering wear and tear and gradually come apart. The red wire is actually broken right through (the gremlins have clearly been playing bomb-squad in the night : cut the red
wire!), and the whole tablet has lost power as a result. I can't even draw badly
I'm going to attempt to perform some sort of electrical surgery by stripping back a bit of the plastic to look for the other end of the red wire and see if I can do a bodge job to stick them together, but it doesn't look hopeful - pretty sure I'll have to get a new tablet. And being pricey things I'll probably wait til the new year sales to do that incase I can get hold of one reduced...which means no new art for the winter solstice, christmas, the boxing day hunt, new year's night, or anything
else I feel like in between!