Stupid injuries and the Importance of Ergonomics

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So the beginning of this year I was off to a great start.  For Christmas I got a wonderful Wacom Intuos Art pen and touch tablet.  Nearly every day I put in a little time doing various exercises to get used to using it.  Usually sitting at my little roll away computer desk.

I als10307432_1242125455803659_8854180492124437849_no found this daily drawing idea site: EDM Challenge and I was cranking away on the drawings.
Sometimes again at my little roll away desk (not a lot of room – so my arm was hanging off the desk). Other times I was sketching sitting up or laying down in bed.

Well 15 days into the great experiment, I got reminded why you need to set yourself up correctly for things like this.  My left arm was pretty sore. (I’m a lefty)   It took about a week to start feeling better and meant I was forced to take a break.

 

I’ve done some painting since,though I passed on an invitation to paint with some amazing folks at a party at a gallery.  Though, let’s face it, even without the stupid injury I was just too intimidated and don’t feel I’m quite up to that level yet.   Tonight was the first time I’ve done any real drawing, but that’s for another time.

The best (or worst part) is that this is NOT the dumbest injury I’ve suffered so far this year. . . all 26 days of it.

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Have you met Barry?

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Barry the fruit bat 4x6 watermarked

I’m excited to introduce you to Barry the Fruit Bat.
Technically this project started some time ago, but I’m hoping it will see some major progress this year.

I challenged my daughter to write a children’s book and I promised I’d work to illustrate it.  Late last year she sent me the text and it’s adorable!  In answer I painted our first official design of what Barry would look like.   This may even end up the cover for the book.

It’s going to be quite an endeavor for me, because I’m feeling like this is a possibly a bit of a stretch on my abilities.  Also, while I’ve gotten faster in my art, it’s definitely going to be a LOT of work as I’m thinking we are looking at quite a few pages I need to draw/ paint.

But for now, say hello to Barry.  You’ll be seeing a lot more of him.