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    Things not to do while drawing

    a little something that happened to me the other day ( ._.)..









    did any other funny (not as funny) accidents happen to you guys? : P

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    The designer sitting next to me tried to catch an Xacto knife that rolled off her desk. Oh, she caught it. She surely did.

    Worse, she was a new hire, still in the probationary period, so her insurance hadn't kicked in. The company took care of her, though. I think she permanently lost some feeling in that hand.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    That's terrible! I learned to let those things go when I used to do scale models few years ago. One time the blade snapped. I put too much pressure on it. Blood everywhere. Well, kinda looked funny since this one unfinished soldier didn't have the leg glued on yet and now he had blood all over him.

    Only "accidents" that I had while drawing were usually cat related. For instance, when I went to take a glass of pepsi, came back and it just sat there on my tablet, casually looking at me like: "How's it going?". I move it aside and it just keeps coming back. I miss that stubborn cat.

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    "Oh, she caught it. She surely did."

    "I miss that stubborn cat."



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    Well, I've learned not to strew paint tubes all over the floor while working on a large painting, and then stand on a chair to reach the top of the painting, and then jump off without looking where I'm about to land...

    Burnt umber AAAALLLL over the living room.

    Could've sold the room as an action painting.

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    I got distracted while drawing and went to play with a big knife in a sheath laying on my desk.
    To test the strength of the sheath I tried holding the knife by the sheath upside down, to see if it would fall out.

    It did.

    Sometimes I detest my ninja reflexes.

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    I´m terified of xacto knifes, got a pretty scar on the base of my left index finger to go with that feeling.

    But this accidents seem to occur mainly when you stop drawing and fool around, stay safe, don´t stop drawing


    One time years ago i was in a rush to grab a pencil for some reason and put the hand in one of those big offce desk drawers without looking and i stabbed my left hand with one of the sharpened pencils that was put with the pointy side up. That thing hurt, my ego mostly.

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    I got my first tattoo when I accidentally stabbed myself under the nail of my thumb with a drawing pen, hard.
    (People poked one another with sharp tools underneath the fingernails as a form of turture, I later learned.)

    So if people ever ask if I'm inked, that's a positive.

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    In primary school I got stabbed in the face with a pencil by a girl I'd been bugging. I really fancied her after that. Her dad or maybe her uncle was the [then] richest man in the world.
    I still have a faint grey mark on my cheek to remember her by.

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    I accidentally poked my finger with a really sharp pencil at kindergarten, I still have a clear dark spot there. Once when I though a bit of the lead was still in there I gauged it open with a pin, didn't find anything.

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    yeah, what that grey mark is, and why its never been removed by my body ive no idea. its just a small unsightly reminder of the first, but hopefully not the last time i got stabbed in the face by a princess.

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    I accidently stabbed my palm with a steel shanked drawing pen once years ago. I was practicing assasination techniques that one of my teachers showed me, and miss timed things just a hair.

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    When I draw I have a terrible habit of getting excited, more so, biting the inside of my mouth. I have to really consciously not do it, but I'm pretty sure its not great!

    Also, I am pretty sensitive to sugar/food, so if I don't eat, I shake, I have a tendency to draw and not focus on myself and needs and then I start shaking and it takes a good age to stop it from shaking, meaning I have to patiently wait for it to end. I hate that. >:

    I don't do much -real- art, ie, with paints, because I am incredibly clumsy, the amount of paint that has went in my bed sheets, clothes, carpet, meant that my Mum probably hates me

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    I have the bad habit of playing with my kneaded eraser like it's a ball and throwing it up in the air. That means my eraser spends 50% of it's time in the floor, and I get to spend time finding it and removing all the crap that sticks to it.

    I tried doing the artsy thing the other day and sharpen a pencil with sandpaper. I got graphite powder on my table,hands, feet, face, and probably other places I haven't gone through yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoat View Post
    The designer sitting next to me tried to catch an Xacto knife that rolled off her desk. Oh, she caught it. She surely did.

    Worse, she was a new hire, still in the probationary period, so her insurance hadn't kicked in. The company took care of her, though. I think she permanently lost some feeling in that hand.
    Was this her? Seems pretty jolly about it.

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    I haven't had any injuries myself amazingly enough because i'm notoriously clumsy, the only thing I do on a regular basis is scratch my head whilst drawing and then walking around for the rest of the rest of the day with black lead smeared on my face.

    However I do have a friend who's a jeweller and the worse injury she ever had was when she was at home gathering together the recycling and her husband had put a broken glass in with all the card and she sliced her hand open about 4 or 5 inches. She had to have surgery that they gave her a local anaesthetic for and her and her hubby got to watch as they patched her up. She said it made the doctor really nervous but she just found it fascinating.

    So the moral of that story is, no matter how many dangerous implements you work with during the day, beware of recycling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    its just a small unsightly reminder of the first, but hopefully not the last time i got stabbed in the face by a princess.
    LOL

    I have one of those small grey spots on the palm of my hand from carrying my pencil around point first in second grade. I think they taught us to do that so we wouldn't stab other kids. I should have taken a little more care as I tried to run out a door.

    I have a few exacto knife scars on my hands and arms but, while not drawing, my worst art related injury was cutting off one of my fingertips with a table saw while building an easel. I love telling that story and watching people cringe. Like the jeweler Angel mentioned I was also pretty fascinated watching the doc file down my finger bone before he stitched the skin back.

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    Things not to do while drawing. –Sculpting?

    Ha—interesting to hear all the graphite tattoo tales. I have one on my palm at the base of my index finger that I received in 3rd grade. I actually remember the day in class when I tried to poke a hole through something (don’t remember what that was exactly), when the pencil popped through, into my hand. Can’t top VK’s stab in the face tat by the world’s richest man’s daughter.

    I’ve done tons of Frisk film mask cutting for airbrush illustrations over the years but have no x-acto blade horror stories. I did almost knock myself out once, in an airbrush related incident. I was 16-17. I just got home with a new spring for my airbrush when I dropped it on a rug and stepped on it while searching for it. I was pissed and did the face palm—HARD—dropped myself to my knees. I was an amped kid.

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    I've got an ink mark under my chin. I don't remember doing this, but I was quite young at the time. Haven't really had a lot of injuries while making art. I'm sure I've fallen over and things like that. I remember once burning my forehead on an imac at school while waiting for a friend to finish up her work... That was weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus-EZ View Post
    Only "accidents" that I had while drawing were usually cat related. For instance, when I went to take a glass of pepsi, came back and it just sat there on my tablet, casually looking at me like: "How's it going?". I move it aside and it just keeps coming back. I miss that stubborn cat.
    speaking of pets...
    My pet rabbit broke into the house once, when I found him he already finished munching on my colour pencils and halfway through my paint.
    First reaction to a green rabbit : HULK? Oh gosh, my rabbit's sniffing paint...

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    graphite dot on my left fore arm and leg, from annoying people.

    haven't cut myself yet with a knife doing art. I've had a few cuts from knives screwing around, but not while making art. being stabbed with pencils and pens, that has happened countless times.

    I've learned to make sure the caps and lids are tightly closed on my containers after once lifting up a jug of acrylic gesso (by it's lid), and before I could place my other hand as a support under the jug, top slipped off and the floor was covered in white goo.

    I've also learned not to keep things by my feet, as they will find something to knock over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niam View Post
    My pet rabbit broke into the house once, when I found him he already finished munching on my colour pencils and halfway through my paint.
    Ha, and all I've ever had is little purple and ochre footprints all over the floor when a mouse walked through my palette...

    Though I did have a squirrel break into the apartment once. Chewed a hole right through the screen and swiped an entire bag of chocolate chips. Gangsta squirrels, we has 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Januz View Post
    I have the bad habit of playing with my kneaded eraser like it's a ball and throwing it up in the air. That means my eraser spends 50% of it's time in the floor, and I get to spend time finding it and removing all the crap that sticks to it.

    I tried doing the artsy thing the other day and sharpen a pencil with sandpaper. I got graphite powder on my table,hands, feet, face, and probably other places I haven't gone through yet.
    This post made me laugh.

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    I drink coffee all day , i joke about how everything i owned being splashed with cofee at least once, its almost not an exageration, Everywhere in my room i have dropped coffee.

    Cockroaches like unwatched coffe cups to commit suicide, its a real bitch being distracted enough not to notice them floating in it before taking a sip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Intheuk View Post
    I haven't had any injuries myself amazingly enough because i'm notoriously clumsy, the only thing I do on a regular basis is scratch my head whilst drawing and then walking around for the rest of the rest of the day with black lead smeared on my face.
    Thank god I thought I was the only one...!
    I used to do that with paint, but still!

    In that regard working digitally has removed some issues... Until you notice your darling toddler children have found a place to hide your tablet's only pen, ugh.

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    Things not to do while drawing ---- Don't go on the internet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSeRider View Post
    Things not to do while drawing ---- Don't go on the internet?
    This deserves to be quoted.

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    I used to poke myself all the time reaching for pencils...then I made this.

    It's actually pretty dumb. I eventually just bought an organized pencil case.

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