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Once again I find myself really wishing school had taught me less about making ridiculously premised but forcefully argued essays about English literature, and more about how to write friendly and professional correspondence. And by that, I mean expressing friendliness even if you've only got one brief sentence's worth of information to convey, without resorting to using emoticons or inappropriate exclamation points.
Also I wish I didn't have a weird habit of getting started right away with something and working hard and being ahead of the game and then almost almost almost being finished with something, and that's when my brain decides it's time I should stop working on it and lounge about like a fool, rather than just plowing on and finishing it right then and there.
Look here brain, when it comes to finishing off a painting or writing an email or reading that last chapter of a book, this tantric procrastination bullshit you've got going on doesn't really gain me anything.
Which doesn't make it as cheap as some of the other options listed, but even though I hate the subscription model as a matter of principle*, I also can't say that's some terrible or unreasonable price. I kinda assume that it's affordable enough that anyone who can afford a computer powerful enough to run it decently in the first place, isn't going to find being out $10 a month a huge burden.
*(I stuck with PS7 for 10 years before upgrading, so when I got PS6 I just bought the full non-subscription version because even at $700, at the rate I upgrade it'll come out cheaper in the long run).
Unrelated, I'm learning that having one of your tumblr posts (in this case a tutorial post) get reblogged a bunch is jolly exciting, until you realize that none of that results in anyone actually looking at the rest of your stuff. Sempai The blogosphere is never gonna notice me at this rate.
EDIT: Is it normal to feel a kinda warm grossness wash over you after staying awake for too long, or is it just me?
I like SAI and its paint blending, but I don't think it's a replacement for Photoshop either.
At risk of sounding like a Adobe fanboy, I think there are many good options and all these programs have their merits and little things they do better than any other program and we could spend all day making feature comparison spreadsheets about them all, but I'd say that if you just want to buy one art program ever and be sure that what you're getting will do 95% of what you'll ever need to do, just bite the bullet and get Photoshop (for pure drawing you might just want to go back a few versions to save money, but for animation getting CS6 or CC is a good bet since it'll let you use the great AnimDessin extension). And if you ever aspire to work professionally, you'll probably have to buy it to learn how to use it anyway, so in the end you probably wouldn't be saving that much money by plonking down for some cheaper programs first.
It's kinda like Windows and PC games. There are a lot of different OSes out there that a lot of people personally prefer because they're better at this or that, or they might be cheaper or faster, and yeah they all can run some games and there are things you can do to run more games on 'em and whatever...but if you really want to play PC games, eventually it's just going to be easier to get a Windows box and know that pretty much all the games you might want to play are just going to work on it without having to do anything special, and so that's what most people wind up doing. Photoshop is ubiquitous because it's robust enough that for the vast majority of 2d art tasks, it just works.
Is it overkill for your needs? Is it too expensive? Maybe, but I'll assume you're not risking being thrown out on the street if you blow a whopping $10 a month on it, either.