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    How bad is smoking to drawing?

    K..so this is the misc section so just gonna let out this curiosity of mine. Did the great artist do it? Does some of the great artist now do it? We know its a bad habit. But does it affect your work? So how many of you out there puff's around and do your work?

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    Smoking makes you die. It's hard to draw when you're dead.


    But beyond that, I don't see it having a whole lot of effect.

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    Norman Rockwell smoked, and he become one of the greatest illustrators of all time. Coincidence? I think not.

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    If you're smoking, that's a lifestyle choice.

    On the other hand, if your canvas, sketchbook or computer is smoking, that could be an immediate, life-threatening situation.

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    "Man, I really need to finish this drawing but I really really need a smoke break."

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    Quote Originally Posted by karmazon View Post
    Norman Rockwell smoked, and he become one of the greatest illustrators of all time. Coincidence? I think not.

    Norman Rockwell also died of Emphysema. Coincidence? I think not.

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    I can't think that it does any favours for your paper, it certainly doesn't for your computer, if you work digitally.

    And then there's the whole lung thing.

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    Other than being a possible distraction I donít think it particularly positively or negatively affect your ability to draw. It might also be a potential fire hazard if your smoke while you work, the risk may vary depending on what you are working with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karmazon View Post
    Norman Rockwell smoked, and he become one of the greatest illustrators of all time. Coincidence? I think not.
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    Norman Rockwell also died of Emphysema. Coincidence? I think not.
    And, of course, Rockwell's smoking also caused the studio fire in 1943 that destroyed all his costumes, props, reference photos, and many original sketches and paintings.

    So there's that.


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    cant hold a pencil if your holding a cigarette

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    But humans usually have two hands.

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    .... well this is news to me..
    how longs something like that been going on?

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    its not standard issue, you gotta check the box marked Optional 2nd Hand when you're about to roll off the production line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demo View Post
    cant hold a pencil if your holding a cigarette
    Poor one-handed kids these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    And, of course, Rockwell's smoking also caused the studio fire in 1943 that destroyed all his costumes, props, reference photos, and many original sketches and paintings.

    So there's that.
    Coincidence? I think not.

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    Has anyone read the fire report of rockwell's studio? there's plenty of things that can cause a fire besides a cigarette

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    to answer your question, if it isnt already obvious, there's absolutely no correlation.

    So this thread will continue being lounge-humor, and paranoid anti-smoking comments.

    Smoking kills and can cause fire?! Im shocked that there's one thing in this world that is capable of doing such, who knew. (/sarcasm. smoking doesn't kill or cause fires. Excessiveness and Negligence does. and that goes for anything.)

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    As far as digital work goes, it can contribute to frying your computer. The residue of nicotine and everything else in the smoke that clings to walls and such also clings to the inside of your computer. It can act as a conductor and short out your computer. Essentially "Pulling a Rockwell".

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    Once I tried to put my hands in pocket whilst smoking and deeply contemplating a painting.

    Coal-inside-jeans? I kid not.

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    I really don't understand why anyone would want to smoke cigarettes. There are few things in the world more disgusting to me... Just the smell, the health risks, the taste (I'd guess) is all so awful.

    In fact, if someone could explain it to me, it'd be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    I really don't understand why anyone would want to smoke cigarettes. There are few things in the world more disgusting to me... Just the smell, the health risks, the taste (I'd guess) is all so awful.

    In fact, if someone could explain it to me, it'd be nice.
    starts as social environment > habit > addiction

    Its more of a habit for me. I'll make sure to quit if I ever become one of those People who chain smoke and freak out when they don't have cigarettes. a couple of my friends are like that and just seeing the way they are makes me want to stop sometimes.

    i like the taste tbh

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    Speaking as someone who recently quit I sure as hell wish I never smoked in my studio. I've cleaned like five times and I swear I can still smell it. That and my sketchbook definitely still stinks. I like to think of those commercials: "You don't have to drive everytime you need a cigarette do you?" Well... I don't have to smoke everytime I draw but it sure as hell isn't easy to get over. That and I'm pretty sure smoke residue contributes to accelerated yellowing or staining of most types of paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zwarrior View Post
    to answer your question, if it isnt already obvious, there's absolutely no correlation.

    So this thread will continue being lounge-humor, and paranoid anti-smoking comments.

    Smoking kills and can cause fire?! Im shocked that there's one thing in this world that is capable of doing such, who knew. (/sarcasm. smoking doesn't kill or cause fires. Excessiveness and Negligence does. and that goes for anything.)
    And some people wonder *why* there is little sympathy for people who smoke

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    I just always assumed the other hand played an active role in painting/drawing such as holding a pallet, flicking tablet buttons, or rotating papers. drawing holding a cigarette would really cut down on work flow then wouldn't it.

    <- one hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    And some people wonder *why* there is little sympathy for people who smoke
    tolerance towards eccentricity is a high form of civilization. people who lack it are cynics at the bottom of the barrel.

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    I feel like smoke would diminish the quality of the paper and materials an artist works with. Additionally, buyers may be uncomfortable with the scent of cigarette smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    And some people wonder *why* there is little sympathy for people who smoke
    I choose to smoke ... why the hell would I want sympathy for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zwarrior View Post
    tolerance towards eccentricity is a high form of civilization. people who lack it are cynics at the bottom of the barrel.
    That's nice, but that's not the problem I was addressing.

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    lol good thing Brendan N understood then, I fail

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    ok going back to the subject, I quit years ago and I remembered clearly how my pulse went up and my hand was shaky when drawing just after smoking. This went away after some minutes but I do remember it affecting my drawing and line quality so YES it might be bad.

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