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Here is a very good video about stretching your arms the best way ----> [link] [link] [link] [link] <------ CLICK AND WATCH and you'll hopefully not hurt your precious hands anymore.

I know that the pain in the neck and the pain in your wrists can vary totally on how you sit and draw, digital artists often have a pain in their shoulder/neck while traditional artists often feel pain in their wrists/arms/hands.

If you know more websites/videos with information about ergonomics for artists, please write it as a comment here and I'll probably add it.

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I hope this will help you guys out a bit more :)

and yes, I'd love to see your sketches. I wanna know if my teachings actually pay off!
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Tenkamchi-Sama Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... thanks for this... and thanks for scaring me to death.

i sometimes get lost in the flow of drawing, not stopping for 5 hours or more... and my hand just cramps up so hard, i can't let go of the pen and have to use the other hand to take out the pen...

i'm scared now.
anoneemoos Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
when you said that stretching the wrists and neck like that, it's working very much.
AliceSacco Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016   Digital Artist
Two functional hands are better.
MysteriousWarrior123 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the left-hand drawing is far too functional, because my friend said to me that having to write and draw with your left hand will make you even more smart. I use my left hand too to draw and paint
Rainmask64 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're left-handed? Cool!
CrippleHand Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude, we're hand-shape buddies.(Please don't take it as an insult because of my name)
And also, your tutorials are very helpful,thank you so much!!
Trollovore Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
"A functional hand"
Yes ! His very important !
thinehectra Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   General Artist
So well explained, thank you.

..."A functional hand" lol
neusi4813 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you! i love this tutorial!
happymedicine Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
you make the best tutorial ever! very on point!
palabrasdelviento Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
I love you.
smil235 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could show you my sketch but I don't have printer. I didn't quite follow your tutorial but I did follow it, and I'm happy with the results! Thank you :) so much.
Zenilla94 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the stretching part will come to good use,  i have bad habit drawing many hours in row, cuz i dont  look at the time.   If i am looking at the time i draw an hour and then take break. shoulders start to hurt after an hour ofte, if i have done much drawign other days aswell will take less than 1 hour to hurt.  I dont know, maybe i dont stretch enough? ;d
badchronic Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
is there a paint program for windows that will let me fine tune the art i draw to enhance and remove blemishes ?
Nagase13 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ugh i love all of your tutorials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Blarbonian Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These tutorials are very helpful! The only complaint I have is the part about blending. I'm cool with stumps, but I've always been told that fingers are a very bad way of blending. But y'know, to each their own. It doesn't look bad when you do it. When I see others do it (and looking back at when I did it) the drawing always ended up being completely smudged and ugly, the worst part being that it can't be erased.
Adjidaumo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I've had many art teachers tell me that using fingers to blend is bad.  I'm studying art in college now and I've discovered that this idea is wrong.
Your fingers are a tool just like a paintbrush or a stump.  As a tool, your fingers have a set of limitations that can be used to your advantage or disadvantage.

Your fingers are covered with friction ridges, or the lines that make up your finger print.  When blending pencil (or charcoal), the friction ridges help the finger to pick up a lot of the pencil (or charcoal) from off your drawing.  At first your clean fingers will pick up and remove more pencil (or charcoal) then they blend.  Once your fingers are dark and dirty, blending is easy and is affected by the pressure your fingers exert. More pressure = more pencil (or charcoal) your fingers transfer to your paper.  Your fingers secrete oils to keep your skin hydrated and to protect you from bacteria.  When mixed with pencil (or charcoal), these oils "stick" to the paper and makes any marks, blending or smudging more difficult to remove.

As long as you understand the limitations of any tool or medium you can use them to your advantage in your artwork.
Blarbonian Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess that makes sense. Thanks!
tumblebunny Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Sad to see another lefty has the same problem as me when drawing...smearing the graphite all over the sides of our hand...
HijackedTheTARDIS Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
That problem must be universal :/ I'm a righty
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Don't worry dude, I'm right-handed and I have the same problem. :lol: But then, I not afraid of gettin' dirty! :D
MooingMoe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lefties unite!
S-Rr3a1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lefties FTW! XD
Damatris Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the stretching guides! And the whole tutorial series in general! I seriously love this.
SakuraPetalWolf Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Umagic65 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God thank you for the stretches!
BelleIllumina Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm crying [tearing up] when I read this. This is so amazing.
AnnArso Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for the exercises video!
ace1729 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Dear miss, thank you for your tutorials so much! I know, I'll never draw even a bit like you, but now I can draw for myself because of you, and other great guys, who spend the time trying to teach dumbass' like me!
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow, this looks great!
Blooooood Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
FOERVRAENGD Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Japp! Jobbade som personal på UC10 till UC12 :)
kimpoyski Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Yeah men you are absolutely right...STRETCH first and STOP and make a REST if you feel a pain in your wrist especially the ULNAR NERVE which is most affected one(in my case)
I love your Tutorial!!!
Kanoro-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing bro!
It's so amazingly helpful :squee:
Also when I saw ur hand after finishing the drawing it just reminds so much of the annoyance of ur palm smudging the drawing sometimes
Also does the led have any side affects if u don't wash it of
<------ likes to leave it on to remind herself that she has finished a drawing in pride xD
missfrance51997 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LEFTY!!!!!!!!!!! I totally get the black hand all the time.....mine is worse than that most of the time.
richard-vdijk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always try to keep my hand off the drawing, and I draw right-to-left. That way my hands never get black plus the paper keeps clean without weird smearing.
GRANKA Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
AWesome! I like most body stretching, couse i`m tall 2meters and drawing start to make me feel like 'quazimodo'[link]
M-Milburn Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for an awesome tutorial!
Elyssea Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love you.
anthropomorphiccanin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lefties rock...

I'm going to look for a thin glove to prevent the graphite hand, you might want to look into it too ^^
nepepe Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
the dirty hand can be preventing by putting a piece of scrap paper underneath your hand. it can slide around, and it smudges much less than your hand could (your skin has oils and dirt and of course the graphite it's picked up that can transfer to the paper!!)
a glove could work but i dunno, i like to be able to feel my pencil when i'm working. i dunno.
Yamuii Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're funny! c:
Lazy--kurt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
missfrance51997 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Artelanas Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Not really great proportions in my picture, but your tutorials are really really really helpful! Thank You so much!!!!
tumblebunny Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Yay a lefty! I hate when my hand turns out like that after a drawing. I really love these guides you made. They help me out so much!
skelanimal342 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Thank you so much for this series (seriously, why couldn't I have it 2-3 years ago??) and I'm sure they're very helpful to many people. However, I hate that you recommend smudging! Smudging to shade your piece is somewhat of an ameteur technique that shouldn't be used, imo. My art teacher taught me to attempt to break that habit by using a wide range of values with my pencil, and shading that way.

Granted, I'm still in the process of reading this series but I really think that's one piece of advice that shouldn't be given.
GrapeSkittles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay lefties :)
Werika Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO MUCH for this series, even though I've never been a manga artist, my drawings weren't too realistic either. Now I can finally see WHY and improve, hopefully. :)
And hey, I've just noticed - you're left handed? YAY! Me too! :dummy:
Peanuts846 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I haven't actually done any of these tutorials yet, but from what I am seeing these are SO AMAZING! The amount of detail you put into these is just purely perfect! I will be sure to try going through all of these and make sure I improve my skills with them D: MULTIPLE TIMES! and actually... submit some actual art!
Also those stretches felt nice while I read this~ Also Lefties Unite!
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