I would do that if I could - my attempts usually just look messy, as I'm unable to work without at least a minimum of construction lines. I can get frustrated trying to draw a good-looking stick figure.This is why I tend to go loose, myself—following gestures and motions—because I suck at real anatomy.
Limbs, hands and knees, my eternal enemies.Fire looks fine to me! I agree on the hands (and you didn't even try feet), and the pose and proportion are a little out -of-joint. (Limbs different lengths, etc. But I'm sure you see that.)
Oh yesIn Jules Feiffer's The Man in the Ceiling, about (among other things) a boy who wants to be a cartoonist, there's a bit where he describes how the boy learns to cover up for not being able to draw hands, by having all his superheroes wear BIG BLACK GAUNTLETS. I think of that bit often… sometimes feeling like art is all about directing attention away from one's faults…
I fear it's the tablet itself. Nothing software-sided has changed, and it's one specific region on the tablet that the pen will just skip on screen.Don't know. Various ideas come to mind: the tablet is fuxxored, the wire connection is fuxxored, the software driver is fuxxored, or you're bumping the mouse or keyboard somehow and causing it to jump around. (I sometimes do the reverse—my mouse cursor won't respond, and I realize it's because my stylus fell on the tablet.)