"Here I am. Bring me one of those chickens. " - Sandor Clegane, the Hound.He’s my spirit animal, man.

"Here I am. Bring me one of those chickens. " - Sandor Clegane, the Hound.

He’s my spirit animal, man.

Wacom and Hand Pain

Hey DIGITAL ARTISTS: re - HAND PAIN /INJURY

For just over a year or so, I’ve been experiencing some issues with pain in my drawing hand when using my tablet for a while. Sometimes it flares up within 15 minutes, other times it flares up after a couple of hours.

Do any other digital artists experience this?

The pain is worst at the ball of my index finger, and then skips over to between my ring and pinky finger and there’s pain along the back of my hand, which sometimes goes up my fore arm (but not in my wrist, thankfully! Carpal is a scary thing. I don’t know what I’d do without my hands… ). A good friend said that what I’m experiencing is basically a lot like golf elbow.

I regularly try to take breaks to go through some stretch routines and hand exercises, loosen and limber up my hands/fingers, but it seems these days the best option I have is to stop completely for an hour or more, take anti-inflammatory pain killers and ice my hand.

Naturally, this isn’t great as I have pending work that needs finishing as well as my own projects to tackle… 

However, I don’t experience as much of a problem if I’m holding a regular pencil and working on paper, so I am starting to suspect this has something to do with pressure settings and the width of the wacom grip pen. I notice sometimes I have a bit of a ‘death grip’ on the pen, especially between my middle finger and thumb, since I constantly curl my index finger to hit the sideswitch which I use as a color picker. I don’t know if this combined with having to push down (I have tweaked the sensitivity to be softer using the curve settings on the Wacom controls) is also adding to the issue.

Do any of you guys use the thinner ‘classic’ pen? Since I don’t experience these problems when I’m using a pencil, mechanical pencil or ballpoint pen I’m wondering if it would be worth investing in an Intuos 3 classic pen. 

Lastly, I’m also wondering how much of what I’m experiencing is coming from sometimes contorting my arm around to get those strokes that you can’t get without being able to whip your screen around like you would a piece of paper, which leads me to wonder if people who use Cintiqs notice a difference in that regard? If it’s going to help my hand problems, then I think it would be worth investing into a cintiq sooner rather than later, so I’m figuring out ways to raise funds for that, too (as well as for speeding my workflow up).

Anyway, sorry for the long read. Really appreciate any input, suggestions, or even just sharing your own experiences with these issues that you may have or have had etc.

Thanks!

Monster Month! - MOTH MAN!I love how iconic the Moth Man is, so I ended up spending a lil more time on this one than I thought I was going to, but I think it was worthwhile, no?"Hey… Hey kid… know what time it is?"eeeeesh…

Monster Month! - MOTH MAN!

I love how iconic the Moth Man is, so I ended up spending a lil more time on this one than I thought I was going to, but I think it was worthwhile, no?

"Hey… Hey kid… know what time it is?"

eeeeesh…

No, this isn’t a screenshot of Doom 4.
It’s another piece of artwork done for Monster Month!The monster topic of the day was ‘Beholder’, and I was very much in a ‘Doom’ kind of mood, so I decided to have a little fun with this one.Think he can handle that Beholder with those stats? 

No, this isn’t a screenshot of Doom 4.

It’s another piece of artwork done for Monster Month!
The monster topic of the day was ‘Beholder’, and I was very much in a ‘Doom’ kind of mood, so I decided to have a little fun with this one.

Think he can handle that Beholder with those stats? 

Monster Month! - Another from the ranks of Cryptozoological lore. This time it’s the Jersey Devil!What a ridiculous story this one is… nevertheless, I thought I’d do something against type and did this one in a somewhat sunny, daylit pine forest environment.That mouth… yeeeeesh!

Monster Month! - Another from the ranks of Cryptozoological lore. This time it’s the Jersey Devil!

What a ridiculous story this one is… nevertheless, I thought I’d do something against type and did this one in a somewhat sunny, daylit pine forest environment.

That mouth… yeeeeesh!

Monster Month - In honor of Ghostbusters, Slimer was the topic of the day!I decided to do a somewhat non-conventional approach to the lil green spud. Was a fun one to do, too.

Monster Month - In honor of Ghostbusters, Slimer was the topic of the day!

I decided to do a somewhat non-conventional approach to the lil green spud. Was a fun one to do, too.

Monster Month - Troll!Just a troll. I’m considering painting this one up.

Monster Month - Troll!

Just a troll. I’m considering painting this one up.

Another one for Monster Month - TENGU!
Since the key thing is the word, I decided to do a more modern take on the classic Tengu demons of Japan. This time putting the myth in a more modern setting and with a little bit of backstory in my head.Who knows. This may not be the last we see of vigilante TENGU demon here.

Another one for Monster Month - TENGU!

Since the key thing is the word, I decided to do a more modern take on the classic Tengu demons of Japan. This time putting the myth in a more modern setting and with a little bit of backstory in my head.

Who knows. This may not be the last we see of vigilante TENGU demon here.

I’ve been participating on a ‘Monster Month’ event where a different monster is given each day. This one was Cyclops, obviously.More on the way.

I’ve been participating on a ‘Monster Month’ event where a different monster is given each day. This one was Cyclops, obviously.

More on the way.

A friend of mine commissioned me to do this digital painting portrait of herself in this scene as she described it. That Ganon looks pretty miserable, eh?

A friend of mine commissioned me to do this digital painting portrait of herself in this scene as she described it. That Ganon looks pretty miserable, eh?

And now… for something a little different.
I was commissioned to do a sasquatch in a trucker hat (with something objectionable on it for me to come up with) drinking some kind of beer.Here he is. Them eyebrows, man.

And now… for something a little different.

I was commissioned to do a sasquatch in a trucker hat (with something objectionable on it for me to come up with) drinking some kind of beer.

Here he is. Them eyebrows, man.

I was commissioned to do another sketch of Harley Quinn and the Joker, with pretty much free license to do as I pleased so long as it was a ‘cute picture’ of the two.
Well, we all know the Joker doesn’t really do cute…
And here is the result!If you would like to view a video of this being sketched, check out my livestream: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/2843534/SketchingwCloak

I was commissioned to do another sketch of Harley Quinn and the Joker, with pretty much free license to do as I pleased so long as it was a ‘cute picture’ of the two.

Well, we all know the Joker doesn’t really do cute…

And here is the result!

If you would like to view a video of this being sketched, check out my livestream: https://new.livestream.com/accounts/2843534/SketchingwCloak

Another detailed digital sketch! I’ve been doing many of these the last few days, sometimes as part of the livestream I’ve just launched which you can find here:https://new.livestream.com/accounts/2843534/SketchingwCloak
This one called for a rampaging war elephant!I think the guy in the foreground may have just peed a little bit…

Another detailed digital sketch! I’ve been doing many of these the last few days, sometimes as part of the livestream I’ve just launched which you can find here:

https://new.livestream.com/accounts/2843534/SketchingwCloak

This one called for a rampaging war elephant!

I think the guy in the foreground may have just peed a little bit…

Another digital sketch - I was commissioned to do a portrait of a local writer having a night out on the town with Bill Hicks, Robert Anton Wilson, and of course, Hunter S. Thompson.

Another digital sketch - I was commissioned to do a portrait of a local writer having a night out on the town with Bill Hicks, Robert Anton Wilson, and of course, Hunter S. Thompson.

Detailed digital sketch commission of Harley loving it up with her puddin’, Mista J.He seems SO happy, doesn’t he?This piece may very well end up becoming a full color digital painting if I’m commissioned with taking it further!

Detailed digital sketch commission of Harley loving it up with her puddin’, Mista J.

He seems SO happy, doesn’t he?

This piece may very well end up becoming a full color digital painting if I’m commissioned with taking it further!

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