It’s The Little Things is finished.
The version of Microsoft Paint I used to draw the original panels, v.5.1, is no longer available to me as I recently went through a computer upgrade at work (from Windows XP, to Windows 7, if you’re interested). Version 5.1 looks like this, it may look familiar to you if you have/had an older Windows OS:
So… “Drawing at work?” you may be asking? Yes, mom, at work. It’s The Little Things began as my 21st century equivalent of doodling on paper during work meetings (in this case, conference calls), where I was at my desk with my headset on.
What does this have to do with anything? Humor me (humor yourself) for a minute, and click –>here<– to read the first two installments of ITLT. Notice a few things. First, how short and fat everything is. That’s work done in MS Paint 5.1.
Notice what’s missing with Stick!Steve until #27? (and then, even afterwards, because I don’t know a good thing when I see one?)
Now compare the style and look of that piece to Stick!Steve in Prison, the McG emo-fest co-written by Infant, which I did on my home computer. Notice how spindly, shaky and spider-like he looks in comparison? That’s because I was using the newer version — MS Paint 6.1 — and very badly, too. I hadn’t yet figured out how to use it.
This is the interface for MS Paint 6.1. Lots of different features and effects; even the standard/default colors are different than v5.1. The biggest difference is the default thickness of the main pencil/brush drawing tool. It takes some customization to get them to look even close to similar.
Eventually, I was able to find my current happy medium. But what I was never able to do was start something at work and finish it at home. Not only the brush widths are different, but there’s also the ability to zoom in AND zoom out in 6.1, and a variety of other differences in the interface make it nearly impossible to merge work between the two – without the artist or even, god forbid, the audience noticing the differences.
Those of you paying *really* close attention are going to catch me in a lie here, but let’s see if I can get away with it.
TODAY my employer upgraded to Windows 7 and MS Paint 6.1. So for the last week and a half, I have been rushing to finish It’s The Little Things (Part 3) in the old version of Paint. For the sake of thematic consistency. Because this is who I am.
It’s been over a year since ITLT parts 1 & 2 were published. It’s been the most important thing to happen to me in a long time and I just can’t thank you all enough for your support. It’s been a completely creative journey and I’m amazed at where it’s lead me. Thank you.
So without further build up, It’s The Little Things, Part 3, the final part of the promised trilogy, presenting fifteen things for which Steve McGarrett is thankful, or which make him very, very happy.
Any questions? Please ask! I don’t expect you to read my mind & know what I’m on about in a given panel. Let me know what you like. That’s what this is all about, after all. Thanks again to everyone who contributed suggestions for Parts 1 & 2, and especially to Justine, for giving me such a great title for this series.