sheybird reblogged your post and added:
I literally cannot draw sitting up, I’ve been laying on my belly with my arms in front of me with my torso/chin propped on pillows to draw since I was 15. It totally ridiculous and most people don’t understand how I can do it, but it keeps my shoulders from hunching and my back relatively straight. I’m not suggesting it as a solution to you, but it’s what I figured out to avoid the crippling pain (which was just as upsetting to me that it started when I was so young.) It’s not perfect though, I don’t find myself working on digital art and it’s hard for my to make a set up to use a desk top so I’m basically limited to laptops and digital art until I go to a doctor and get a proper set up (neither of which I can even hope to afford right now.)
Man that sucks to hear D: that’s how I used to draw way back in the day when I just had my laptop. Flopped on my belly on the floor/bed/etc. I have this killer desktop now though that handles files so much better, and my laptop is pretty much junk so I’ll have to figure something out it looks like. But yeah I definitely feel you on the “need money to fix this” front. My mom is helping pay for some chiropractor visits for me which have staved off the worst of it, but I don’t think it’s going away unless I change my actual set-up pretty drastically.
2sp00kyxen reblogged your post and added:
i used to struggle with this a lot before i got a cintiq, i think it has something to do with the drawing angle. if you have a regular tablet, maybe try propping it at a bit of an angle? idk how that would work, but i used to have really bad carpal tunnel and after i switched to the cintiq it pretty mcuh went away. i also recently got a nice chair and it helped by back SO MUCH. i think investing in a good workspace is super important if you plan on doing it comfortably long term
aldreemer replied to your post “Roughest part of being an artist right now is how any time longer than…”
i had that issue too. for starters it’s the best to see an orthopedist, they may have a solution for your problem, a good chair and desk with enough space is also essential. for me what helped too is having my tablet under a 45° angle.
^^ Both of your guys comments are making me think I should looking into the angle of my tablet. Right now it’s just laying flat on my desk and y’know, it has been giving my wrist grief, along with my shoulder. So maybe propping it up might help, I’ll have to keep that in mind. Nicer chair is definitely on the want list, just need to find the money to get one. I had to leave my nice chair in Georgia, boo, so I’ve been making do with what I can find.
krovtymah replied to your post “Roughest part of being an artist right now is how any time longer than…”
I have that issue, too. :c
Looks like lots of us are plagued by it D:
totallysic replied to your post “Roughest part of being an artist right now is how any time longer than…”
Aw man, that sucks D: I think I’ve seen drawing tables (or at least desks) that let you work standing up, but otherwise you might need a lumbar support cushion and regular stretching breaks? I hope you feel better soon!
Have you tried a standing-desk setup? can you draw while standing for any length of time? :0
^^ For both of these, I think this might be my only option at the current moment, seeing if I can modify my desk for standing in some way. I haven’t done it yet because it seems like it would be a huge hassle (screen needs to be at right height, keyboard accessible, tablet accessible, godforbid I need to switch and use it for drawing with paper again). For the sake of my back though, looks like I’ll have to figure something out.
Thanks for the ideas guys <3