hi everybody, recently i’ve been seeing a lot of people around the internet talking about experiencing drawing related pain
it feels like the right time to publicly recommend this extremely informative and well-researched minicomic by kriota willberg. i carry a copy with me everywhere and tell friends about it all the time because it is super helpful and has helped me unlearn some bad drawing habits and learn plenty of healthy new ones!
in 60 pages it covers
- drawing positions that lessen stress on your muscles
- a wide variety of easy exercises (and sample routines)
- small lifestyle changes you can make to keep healthy
- and when to tell if prevention isn’t enough and you need to see a doctor
you can buy it HERE and HERE. it’s very thorough, the author knows a lot about muscles and the body as well as about the specifics of drawing and it really shows. even if you haven’t experienced drawing pain yet, integrating this stuff into your routine is a good way to start taking preventative measures
stay safe and healthy everyone!
Wow hey so this is a thing I wish I’d seen last year…
PROTECT YOUR DRAWING HAND!
Guys, I know wearing braces is apparently the “hip” thing (or it sure seems that way by the sheer number of folks wearing them in art departments), but the fact is, you should NEVER have to wear a brace just to draw. I draw for anywhere from 4-10 hours a day, and I’m never in pain from it. And that’s because I practice good self-care. You should too!
Preserve your arm and hand!
Hair color reference chart. It’s not perfect, but from what I could gather it’s pretty accurate.
im still disappointed they never had stiles do the eye thing because that wouldve been super cool
also, i finally figured out that using a grid makes things so much easier later on so i dont have to move things around because it doesnt look right
(im gonna pretend im done with this one because ive been fiddling with it for so long now)
4chan attempting to “raid” the Homestuck Fandom.
A cute rabbit girl.
Drawn after studying human anatomy and drawing some studies of rabbits and hares.
ADHD is about having broken filters on your perception.
Normal people have a sort of mental secretary that takes the 99% of irrelevant crap that crosses their mind, and simply deletes it before they become consciously aware of it. As such, their mental workspace is like a huge clean whiteboard, ready to hold and organize useful information.
ADHD people… have no such luxury. Every single thing that comes in the front door gets written directly on the whiteboard in bold, underlined red letters, no matter what it is, and no matter what has to be erased in order for it to fit.
As such, if we’re in the middle of some particularly important mental task, and our eye should happen to light upon… a doorknob, for instance, it’s like someone burst into the room, clad in pink feathers and heralded by trumpets, screaming HEY LOOK EVERYONE, IT’S A DOORKNOB! LOOK AT IT! LOOK! IT OPENS THE DOOR IF YOU TURN IT! ISN’T THAT NEAT? I WONDER HOW THAT ACTUALLY WORKS DO YOU SUPPOSE THERE’S A CAM OR WHAT? MAYBE ITS SOME KIND OF SPRING WINCH AFFAIR ALTHOUGH THAT SEEMS KIND OF UNWORKABLE.
It’s like living in a soft rain of post-it notes.
This happens every single waking moment, and we have to manually examine each thought, check for relevance, and try desperately to remember what the thing was we were thinking before it came along, if not. Most often we forget, and if we aren’t caught up in the intricacies of doorknob engineering, we cast wildly about for context, trying to guess what the hell we were up to from the clues available.
On the other hand, we’re extremely good at working out the context of random remarks, as we’re effectively doing that all the time anyway.
We rely heavily on routine, and 90% of the time get by on autopilot. You can’t get distracted from a sufficiently ingrained habit, no matter what useless crap is going on inside your head… unless someone goes and actually disrupts your routine. I’ve actually been distracted out of taking my lunch to work, on several occasions, by my wife reminding me to take my lunch to work. What the? Who? Oh, yeah, will do. Where was I? um… briefcase! Got it. Now keys.. okay, see you honey!
Also, there’s a diminishing-returns thing going on when trying to concentrate on what you might call a non-interactive task. Entering a big block of numbers into a spreadsheet, for instance. Keeping focused on the task takes exponentially more effort each minute, for less and less result. If you’ve ever held a brick out at arm’s length for an extended period, you’ll know the feeling. That’s why the internet, for instance, is like crack to us - it’s a non-stop influx of constantly-new things, so we can flick from one to the next after only seconds. Its better/worse than pistachios.
The exception to this is a thing we get called hyper focus. Occasionally, when something just clicks with us, we can get ridiculously deeply drawn into it, and NOTHING can distract us. We’ve locked our metaphorical office door, and we’re not coming out for anything short of a tornado.
Medication takes the edge off. It reduces the input, it tones down the fluster, it makes it easier to ignore trivial stuff, and it increases the maximum focus-time. Imagine steadicam for your skull. It also happens to make my vision go a little weird and loomy occasionally, and can reduce appetite a bit.
Hope this helps and please do share this so that more people can learn what its really like to have ADHD.
I changed Lucy’s design a bit to make her easier to draw. Now she has 9 eyes instead of 14.
For the last ten drawings I tried moving my hand with my elbow instead of my wrist. With the first four of those it was only for the inking, but wow it felt great! Almost twice my usual drawing speed and still with the same amount of precision. (Aside from where I tried using a different grip for my pen, but I quickly stopped that when I realized it made the lines look too sketchy.) I think I’m going to keep drawing this way from now on. Also I’ll have to remember that when I draw like this I can hold the pen a lot lighter than I usually do.