As you know, I’ve got the design bug.
I’ve been teaching myself the ins and outs of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
People tell me I have talent and a good eye for composition. And by people, I mean the pros that have seen my work.
If I say so myself, I’ve made some pretty illustrations.
But I’ve hit a wall.
One could say that an artist is as good as their tools. And sadly, my poor old laptop, as awesome as it is, can’t handle the requirements of Adobe. Add more than five layers to the artwork and wham, it crashes. (Help me get a new one)
This laptop has served me well. But the time has come for it to get an honourary retirement and move to Florida (or wherever retired laptops go to enjoy their last years in peace and happiness).
However, as you can imagine, replacing a laptop is not easy when one is on disability. Computers are expensive in general but computers powerful enough to handle graphic design software are only second to gaming computers in terms of price. And sometimes not even.
For around $600US once can get a pretty decent laptop for surfing the web and watching Netflix. Not so for one capable of handling Ai or Ps.
Also, in case you are wondering why a laptop and not a desktop, I’ve been mostly bed-ridden for the past two- three years. I can’t sit up for more than an hour without being in intense pain. I cannot use a desktop for that reason. But I can prop myself up with pillows, place the laptop on laptop table, and work for a few hours at a time.
Another important consideration for me is the laptop weight. Heavy stuff = more pain for me. Pain in my wrists, pain in my elbows, pain in my shoulders, pain in my finger joints. And believe it or not, sleek, light laptops are more expensive than their heavy counterparts.
It all comes down basically to newer technology. You know, like with phones. Newer models are always thinner, lighter.
So, then again, it is possible to find older models that are cheaper. But older means heavier. And heavier means more pain.
I need to compromise, of course.
I am not aiming for a top of the line, cutting edge graphic design machine. But even at a compromise, a machine that will give me the power I need is around $1,500 CAD (compared to $3,500 CAD of a top of the line one).
I know I cannot get exactly what I need but with some help, I can get something good!
So here we are. I’ve created this Fundraiser to do just that.
Can you chip in?
In case you not familiar with my art, I have also created an online portfolio so you can see a sample of my work: GeekyNerd Designs
If donating is not possible at the moment, would you consider sharing my fundraiser with your networks in case some of your friends or colleagues are able to?
Thank you so much!