I love gimp 2.8, I really do. It is free, and I just keep on learning how to do more and more cool things with it. I can't really see myself having gotten into digital art if I hadn't been introduced to it. But lately I have not been feeling the love. Why?
Because it crashes like...like a meteorite. There was a picture way back in January where I saved it after having done an enormous amount of work on the figures hands, but when I came to it later, all the slides with the hands were gone, leaving only a handful of sketchy slides. I was heartbroken, but I was able to redo my work, and I'd hoped that was the last of the Mysteriously Deleted Layers.
I was wrong, of course.
This July, I started working on a piece of fan art, and it started happening again. Most often, it would crash when I tried to "Save As", but it would also delete layers from the original peice I had just saved. Ugh! Thankfully, I scraped by, and often all it would delete were layers I had been planning on deleting anyways. But when I started colouring the line art...well, all went well until I was finally done with it, and, because it hadn't crashed in a while, dared to click "Save As". It crashed, and by some bizarre twist of fate, all the colouring and shading I had done was merged onto one layer. It was just plain weird, and I was furious, because I generally keep coloured layers seperate for a reason. But I tried to look on the bright side, and managed to fiddle around with things and continue with the picture regardless.
When I finished the picture, I wanted to crop some white edges out of it...much to my dismay, it crashed each and every time I tried to. It didn't delete layers, though. I will probably crop it with another program now.
Being frustrated with the crashing, as well as moving to another city, gave me some time away from the picture, and when I came back to it I saw that his left eye was too small. I worked to redo it, as well as his eyebrows. And guess what? When I went to export it...it crashed. I lost all the work on his eyes, but it was partially my fault this time, as I hadn't saved it before exporting it. I redid my work.
Now I sit here, looking at my shiny new complete and satisfactory fan art. Will it crash again? I do not know, but it was worth it. Such is my love for The Silver Eye, the webcomic it is fan art of, which I shall post as soon as I can transfer it from my dusty old internetless laptop to a computer.
Speaking of which, it is entirely possible that none of this is gimp's fault, and that my laptop is entirely to blame. I named it Velvare, after a character from The Silver Eye, which I think is quite an apt name, because that character falls apart quite literally several times in the comic, which you should probably read because it is amazing.