Hello! My Windows 8 machine met an untimely, sad demise that involves slowness, funny car type noises, randomly inserting capital letters into anything that I typed, and occasionally getting really hot and smelling weird, so I got a Chromebook. It is a cute computer that runs super-fast and does a lot of cool things, so I'm really happy with it. However, I was worried about making new patterns for this blog on it. It was taking me 6 or 7 minutes to open each image file on the last computer, so it's not like I was doing a fantastic job on that, but at least the programs were available.
Luckily, my sister showed me how I could download Linux distros onto a Chromebook, meaning that I could use a lot more offline programs on it! I was kind of slow with it, and spent a good week convinced that I was far too dumb to make Linux work, but today, I sat down for a few hours and decided it was time to figure it out. It took a while, but I got it.
After getting KXStitch, a nifty Linux exclusive cross stitch pattern maker, and GIMP, a stupid and bad image editor that I am going to continue hating for a very long time, I drew in my base sprite patterns and then set about making a trial chart. As I mentioned before, I have to buzz through way too much Game of Thrones this summer, so I ended up making a sprite pattern of Arya Stark. I think the pattern itself came out really well! Her outfit uses a lot of browns, so I got to play with the pallette editor on KX Stitch, and because she's shorter than standard height, I learned some of the editing tools, too. The layout is a mess, though. I ended up with a rubbish word processor that doesn't even have Arial, and am having trouble sizing my charts and preview images right now. Still, though, I think it's readable, if not weird looking.
Anyway, here is today's sprite pattern of Arya Stark! Would you guys like more Game of Thrones sprite patterns? I can pass it off as studying until late December, and the outfits are really detailed, too.