Pretty art. Her name is Penelope, and she sails the seas of children’s dreams. Now I’m just waiting for this to arrive today so that I can finally start to color: 27” Yamakasi DS270 SE IPS LED DVI-D display. It’s a Korean manufacturer who makes high-end monitors for a stupid good price, partly because it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of most American name-brand monitors (speakers/ports/controls/etc) but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perfectly good, especially since it’s a 1.07 Billion color monitor which I have been wishing upon a rainbow for ever and ever and ever. But most billion color monitors cost the same as the pot of gold at the end of the bright and fancy rainbow. Originally, I ordered a slightly older model, and it went out of stock EXACTLY the same day I ordered it, but lo-and-behold, I received an extremely polite email from Yamakasi saying it was out of stock and I could either have my money refunded immediately (seriously? No thirty-day wait?) or select a new model for 10% off. They recommended a new model based off the specs I required in the first, set me up, it was even on sale (yeay!) and refunded the difference for the 10% off in less than an hour. Having had far too many problems with customer service with name-brand companies in the US, and then reading all the monitor reviews from people terrified of buying anything overseas, it still makes me pause. So hopefully there’ll be a nice little package waiting for me when I get home, and I’ll hook up and boot up this baby and start the 10-bit color pressure on my PC! I’ll post a full review later because I know a few people who are always happy for quality supplies on a budget, and every artist needs a good monitor.

Up next, testing out the latest Corel Painter. I haven’t painted anything in errr … a while. 

And to those who say artists don’t NEED a billion color monitor because you can’t PRINT all those colors, I say there are more methods to printing than CMYK, and even in CMYK, some methods are better than others. Hi-fi printing for the win, baby!