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    my drawing hand trembles :(

    Hi guys, I usually post on the sketchbook forums, so this is my first time posting in the Lounge area

    I'm enduring quite a problem with my drawing hand. I don't know what's the politically correct term for it, but my drawing hand is trembling a bit most of the time. While I can still draw properly under that condition, It's really annoying and it gets in the way of drawing smooth rhythmic lines especially on anatomy studies.

    I figured I got this from MMA training every weekend, since we box most of the time.

    Do you guys have any methods to remedy such problem?
    Any help will be appreciated!


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    If you try different pencil grips it might help. Some people use less wrist action and use more the shoulder to draw in life drawing classes for less wrist fatigue. Good posture, and taking breaks goes a long ways.

    Warming up the hand might help with stretches and light scribbles is always good too. Much like athletes, who like to prevent injuries.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUyMNyrOHJQ

    Does your hand trembling happen with all drawing tools? What if you painted with a brush?
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    Pigeonkill: Thanks for the video, those are interesting exercises!

    hm... Well I mostly limit myself with the traditional way of gripping the pencil, I guess I should research

    I do warmups whenever I feel my hand messes up again. It helps, but not enough to make it go away. Maybe they aren't enough. I probably should include the exercises from the video to my list of warmups.

    My hand trembles generally on anything I use for illustrating. As for painting in general with a brush, I feel much comfortable since I use my forearms and shoulders to paint.

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    go see a physician. I for one think any health advice online should be avoided, especially on a non-medical forum.
    Yes many people here seem to know about medical things here, but still.
    Just go see a doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhanu View Post
    go see a physician. I for one think any health advice online should be avoided, especially on a non-medical forum.
    Yes many people here seem to know about medical things here, but still.
    Just go see a doctor.
    Agreed, I had something similar years ago. My hands would shake when I used them for almost anything including drawing, eating, drinking. It turned out to be a thyroid problem. Go get it checked out by a doctor first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhanu View Post
    go see a physician. I for one think any health advice online should be avoided, especially on a non-medical forum.
    Yes many people here seem to know about medical things here, but still.
    Just go see a doctor.
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    Tremors are not normal. Could be nothing, could be something. See a doctor.

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    Depends on the onset of the tremors.

    I have had Essential Tremor as it is called since I was 8 and have had to deal with it. I also have had the urge to draw since then as well.
    Essential Tremor affects 6% of the general population.

    If the onset is sudden then it may be a condition that requires medical help.
    So going to a Physician is the best advice you can follow.

    Personally I find that constant drawing helps minimize the tremors, especially drawing organic shapes without lifting the pencil from the paper.

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    Thanks for your feedback guys! I'll probably drop by a doctor this week.

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    Ooo ooo I know what it is!! You are having a....

    (H)eart attack!

    (hur hur hur hur)
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    Your hand is trembling because it's afraid of your progress.

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    I have the shakes sometimes. But I also have issues with my finger joints so there might be something in that for myself. Not sure about you though.

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    Could be lack of potassium.... eat bananas

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