COMMAND + S!!!! (That’s Control + S for all you PC-types) Constantly! SAVE YOUR WORK!
So what do I do? I get all wrapped up in my work, never save, and then Illustrator locks up on me. No spinning rainbow pinwheel…just STUCK. Everything froze up and no matter what I clicked on nothing reacted. I tried closing all of my other programs (I have a bad habit of leaving roughly forty windows open at any given time), I tried walking away from the computer and returning twenty minutes later, but no luck. I had to force quit.
The funny things is, the second attempt always comes together MUCH faster. So much of the time spent on a drawing is the thinking, planning, composing, and rearranging, and once you already know what looks good and simply have to re-create it, it doesn’t take nearly as much time. I managed to put this one together in the twenty minutes I was waiting for the tuna casserole to come out of the oven.
I didn’t even want tuna casserole, if you want to know the truth. I wanted quesadillas. But I don’t have tortillas and that would have meant a trip to the grocery store, and that would mean changing out of pj pants and putting on shoes and going out into the cold….not happening.
I know…such a bum. But that’s what weekends are for.