If you have any kind of programs you can share aside from the ones listed below; I would appreciate it.
Things I have had sent to me/ re-bought:
- Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC
- PaintTool SAI
If you have any art, animation, or 3D modeling programs (like SolidWorks) I'd really appreciate it. I had mentioned this previously on Facebook/Twitter so I have been able to recuperate some stuff listed above which was great.
So the story?
Before I get into what exactly happened its important to note here that because I travel a lot due work (two jobs at two different ends of the city), full time university, and family; I largely live out of three bags and then couch surf between 2-3 different places. One bag for my school stuff, notes textbooks wallet etc. One bag with my computer and Wacom Tablet. And one bag with my clothing and toiletries (I normally pack about 4 days worth of clothes, guestimating the amount of time I'll be out before I return to my actual home).
On the evening of November 25th I had gone to drop off a Christmas Tree at my University, for our engineering holiday party (always happening before finals). I found some pretty sweet parking literally in front of one of the University entrances. Parked there, went in with the tree, dropped it off.
I come back a little bit later and wow suddenly I don't have one of my back windows. My school bag and my computer are gone, but thief was generous enough to leave my clothing. Keep in mind, I have my stuff almost always hidden either in my trunk or under my seats, and my windows are very tinted.
Now for me this is a huge problem. My school bag has each and every one of my notes, labs, examples, midterms, quizzes from the whole semester, two of my text books (around $500 combined cause they are custom publications for my Uni), calculators that had to be approved by my faculty, my McFreaking wallet, and a lot of other stuff that school bags normally hold. Also taking my notes and books right before finals hit is so so brutal.
And then loosing my computer, not only was my semester 3D modeled building gone (at least there was an older cloud back up for that) but damn. The whole computer. The thing itself was super powerful. But my art................................... Honestly out of everything, that's what truly sucks the most. I lost the past 3 years of all my art. And that truly pains me because I lost the originals to all my BFOI stuff, and all my PMA stuff. And all the stuff I had sketched, inked, and almost completed for BFOI y3. I lost my whole Y2 original files, its like poof....my whole competition run gone. All the sketches I never posted, and ah. I can't really accurately describe how much this pains me. All I really have left is whats up on deviantART and even then, I deleted a lot of stuff in some previous year.
Loosing my school stuff, yes it really sucked hard. Finals have been hard, but my university community and about 50+ people came out and gave me their notes and their textbooks, programs and files. I was truly blessed in this respect as I've met a lot of people in university and am actively involved in the student life there. It was really amazing to see them step up and help me. But like. Ah. AH. My school I could find ways to replace stuff. My art, I hadn't backed up onto a drive. I can't replace that.
I guess if you're going to take anything from my experience. Back up your art, online somewhere. And take pictures of everything you own for insurance purposes.
The follow-up to what happened is that, since I was parked right out front of my University, there were about 2 cameras which caught everything. They are also in plain view of my car as they were directly across the sidewalk from my bloody car. But that didn't deter the car theft. Police report was filled, and insurance was filled but I can only get back about a third of what was lost due to deductibles. I've replaced my computer and tablet out of my own wallet (~3k later) which I had saved up to maybe you know, move out. (I'm tired of couch surfing and living out of bags). But because I work two jobs its not terrible. Ish. Police haven't gotten back to me just yet as, apparently there has been a lot of laptop theft happening in cafe's around my Uni and they are busy with that.
Insurance said that due to the short span of time between when I left my car and when I came back that someone was either watching me and my friends unload the tree, or that I was unlucky and someone passed by with a battery detector, that apparently can detect when there are computer batteries present. Surprise shit that I didn't know existed, but hey now we both know.
The reason I had to replace my laptop and tablet so quick is that for one job(ish) I do a lot of professional art. Sponsorship packages, logos, banners, posters, etc.. Come the end of the year we have to put in an order of about 300 tshirts (6 different designs, 50 shirts per design), Patches, Sweaters, & Embroidered Hats Polos and Socks. So all these designs had to be submitted December 1st, and yep you guessed it, they all went missing with the computer too. I got an extension and finished everything again by the 7th, with no sleep (hey no surprise)... so things worked out there. Maybe if I get permission I'll upload the designs with pictures sometime. It would be kind of cool.
And while I knew that I would be behind in BFOI this year, due to working two jobs and full time university, this event has truly forced me to quit. I had comic strips completed for the second part of my round one and working in tandem with my round two. I knew I wouldn't catch up on time to complete everything for BFOI with out putting in a big crunch. But I still had that completely robbed from me. And it pains me cause I really loved that community and I don't really know now what to do with Orrins story anymore. One thing I will do is at least finish my round one again and redo the round two. I want to feature every person who featured me in their round two comics, there were a lot of you. I owe you all that much at least.
Ah... well... sorry for ranting a bit there. I had put off posting this for a bit because I'm trying to suffer through my finals. I guess like.. I am doing better now that I've replaced a bulk of my stuff. I am a bit more than disappointed to say the least. If you have suggestions for BFOI and/or are part of the community I'd love to hear from you. And well. I honestly hope this never happens to any of you.