I got a question about drawing injuries, and I typed up a pretty lengthy response so I wanted to share it here as well.
I get asked a lot about hand strains and injuries, and it is something most artists have to face one time or another just because we work so hard for our dreams. I personally don’t get strains or injuries, both for art and for piano playing when I still majored in it, two main creative paths where hand/arm injuries are common. My hands rarely feel tired
and when they do, I stop drawing. So when I get asked, I usually can only offer the fact that you can find a lot of carpal tunnel exercises on google and there’s nothing else I know about relief exercises, other than I find that flinging my
hands also help loosen them up a bit.
The most important thing
about this issue is actually prevention rather than relief. I would like to believe this approach is what prevented me from getting injured–I’ve never really been a push through the pain type person, and glorifying suffering and pain as a sign of hard work is definitely unhealthy, as those are huge signals from your body telling you to stop. There are many
things that I know for sure strains your hands much more than anything else that I will list below, and I believe that, if it is possible for you, the most efficient way to deal with injury is to find out which of
these things is the cause and working around it.
The first big cause is posture; if your
arms have no support points (ie you have to hold your elbow up with your
muscles or tense your wrist to maintain stability) you will strain much
easier, just like how you get tired easier standing at an uncomfortable pose vs a well grounded one. So be sure to seat yourself so that you have somewhere to rest
your arm while drawing, while your body is at a relaxed angle with full support. For a normal tablet, rest your arm and wrist somewhere on the table or the tablet. For a Cintiq or tablet monitor, try having it upright so that your elbow can rest on your desk, and your wrist can rest on the cintiq screen, and you only need to use your fingers to control the pen.
The second cause is your grip on the
pen. This can be caused by your need for precision/speed of repetitive
movement/pressure. Line art, or cross hatching, or pressing hard to get
the darkness of the brush you need, are all high stress activities that
strains your hand much more than, say, rendering or putting down a base
painting. Knowing that, you can:
Use a higher brush opacity or turn off pressure sensitivity
for opacity to prevent yourself from having to press really hard to get brush
impact you want.
Go to your wacom tablet preferences if you have one, and
set the hardness of the brush so that it’s easier to get the brush
opacity/size you want. You want to have the problem of having to try to press lighter for
lighter lines, rather than having to press harder for darker/thicker lines. The latter strains much more than the former.
If your grip of the pen is too tight purely because the pen is slippery/too small for
you/hard to grip, such as old bamboo tablets, there are rubber tablet
pen paddings that you can buy online, or you can just use a layer of
masking tape all around the grip area to increase friction/grip comfort
and make it easier for yourself to hold your pen. A Cintiq or Intuos Pro pen is ideally what you want your pen to feel like: have friction on the surface so your fingers don’t slip, large enough so it rests and takes up space comfortably between your thumb and index fingers without you tensing and curling your hand inwards really hard, and shaped so that your grip is stopped right before the cone of the tip, preventing slipping.
cause is the schedule of your drawing. This may or may not be possible
to change because for a lot of us, a deadline is a deadline. But try to space your tasks so that you cycle between
intense, detailed, hand-straining work, and relaxing, loose, more
brainstorming work. The latter is excellent for hand rest while still being productive creative work. For example, if you are drawing comic pages, it
might make sense in terms of efficiency to sketch 10 pages, then ink 10
pages, then tone 10 pages. But when you are inking those 10 pages
consecutively, that’s when you give your hands no rest and your hand
will start to hurt a lot, while you have no choice but to push through the pain to get the work done. Instead, try to draw these pages one by one, or have a few
drawings at various stages of completion to rotate between. eg. you work
on inking drawing A, then when you feel your hands are strained, switch to
putting down loose underpainting for drawing B, switch back to inking
drawing A, then start brainstorming drawing C and think more/draw less. Give your hands some natural times to rest up with less intense work, and you get work done without
having to lose time by having to really stop drawing altogether.
As tempting as it is to try to feel like you are working as hard as you can to achieve your dreams and aspirations, while feeling guilty about resting/taking the more relaxing route, remember that your hands make your art possible, so treat them well!
It took almost a year of negotiations with Rosco, but Worbla.com and Cosplay Supplies are now offering a much more cosplayer-friendly 16oz containers of Flexbond with free shipping when you purchase with thermoplastics.
Flexbond does take a bit of getting used to - it doesn’t behave quite the way Mod Podge and Wood Glue do, and you need a drop of patience when applying it, but the results are worth it: especially when you make armor that has to travel or be stored away.
This post is an attempt for me to compile all the sigils I created during my time as thesigilwitch, as well as the sigils that were made and posted by me at thesigilworkshop. For (what I hope is) convenience’s sake, they will be sorted by intent / purpose, alphabetically.
Some of these are so, so old, and I’m so ashamed of them, but here they are.
I’ve gotten asked about sigils quite a bit so I figured I’d make a little (or not so little) masterpost about them. Before I start, I would like all of my lil witchies to keep in mind that magick is not a cure all, it can only assist. Please do not rely on it to solve all your problems. Keeping that in mind, let’s get going ~
What are Sigils?
Well, here’s the dictionary definition. Basically, its a symbol created to aid in completing a goal. They can help with nearly anything you desire, but keep in mind that magick still has its limits. Even the most powerful witches can achieve only so much. Sigils cannot give you superpowers or grant any wish. Like i said, they AID in bringing you closer to a goal. For example, if I wanted to pass a test I could make a sigil that states my will (“I want to pass my test”) but it’s still up to ME to study and prepare for the test, the sigil can only help. Or let’s say I want to get healthier, I can make a sigil to help me with my health but it’s still my job to take care of myself.
Do NOT get confused between sigils and runes or scripts! While yes, runes and sigils both serve a magickal purpose and can look very much alike, they are not the same. Scripts, as the name suggests, are just other ways of writing. Some witches use these or make their own. There are also alchemical symbols, feel free to look those up since there are just too many to show here. Some scripts are:
Runes are from the ancient Germanic alphabet and are used for divination. Typically they are made out of bone, wood, or stone. They look something like this:
How do I make Sigils?
There are a few ways to do this and they range from easy to harder, but each is just as credible as the next. Don’t let anyone tell you that one way is better than the other, just do what fits you best! Make sure that after you make a sigil you charge it with energy so it can help. Without energy it won’t work as well, or at all. NOTE: Be careful when you choose your intent! Phrasing it wrong can cause big problems!
Try going to the website www.sigilscribe.me This website works well for wills/goals longer than one word. (check my earlier posts for what some of these look like, or go make your own!)
Use a sigil wheel. Start at the center and draw a line to the letters making the word you want. It looks something like this:
You can also draw a circle with the alphabet around it. Like the sigil wheel, just start at the beginning of the word you’re focusing on and continue from there.
Write out your will as a sentence. Cross out any vowels or repeating letters. Use the remaining letters to inspire a sigil of your own making.This may take a while and it may take a few tries to get it to your liking, but that’s okay! And I know some of you may think “but this doesn’t look anything like a sigil! Am I doing it right?” The answer to that is yes you are, there is no right way a sigil should look. Some sigils may look more complicated than others and that’s totally fine! If you’re satisfied with the look, go for it!
Completed Sigils may look something like:
How do I charge Sigils?
There are LOTS of ways to do this, so just pick the right one for you. I’ll list some but don’t think you’re limited to these!
Write on yourself, especially near a major vein or artery, or while you’re doing exercise.
Write it down and leave it in the sunlight or moonlight. (Be careful of the sunlight however because it could make the sigil fade)
Make the sigil your background on an electronic device and charge it overnight while the device is charging.
Write it down and burn it (be careful!)
Write it down and run water over the sigil.
Write it down and play music near it that matches the goal.
Draw it in your food and eat it
What do I write it with? What if I need to hide it?
You can write it with anything you please. Some witches prefer a certain writing tool, such as I like to write in my Book of Shadows with a fountain pen. If you need to hide it, you can write it in makeup that matches your skin tone, invisible ink, or even a white crayon if you need to put it on the wall or something.
Where else can I learn about Sigils?
You can ask another experienced witch (I myself am still a beginner) or look online. If you want to as well, you can go to your local library or bookstore and find a book about Sigils or Witchcraft. There are also lots of sigil making blogs on Tumblr, you just have to look for them! If you’re going to use a sigil from another source, make sure you have the author’s permission to use it or at least credit them. Here are some sigil blogs:
Absolutely! There’s no wrong way to practice the craft (as long as you aren’t hurting anyone, including yourself) so it is up to your interpretation. If you feel better making your own than borrowing, go for it!
P.S. Just a cute lil idea, try painting sigils on pretty rocks and placing them around your house! Not only are they cute, but they’re functional!
Also, none of these images are mine so shoutout to the authors! Sorry for so much reading but I hope this helped! Feel free to correct me if I made a mistake. May peace be with you ~
My first updates tab!! The design is based on my old sidebar style. This tab also includes a search bar! You will need to install FontAwesome icons if you want the icons to appear. If you are installing this on one of my themes, FA will already be installed!
As is the case with updates tab, all changes must be made manually. Comments are included to assist with editing and installation.
Do you have a master post about cleansing methods?
I hadn’t made one yet, not like the rest of my lists on my page or the ones floating around in posts, but I can throw one together here super quick. It won’t be, like, every cleansing post I can find after hours of searching, but it should be adequate enough.
Cleansing and Purification Masterpost (For your space, yourself, and other objects)
Hello! Welcome to my very first masterpost, which consists of a ton of resources I’ve found in my years of designing starting sophomore year of high school!
These are all resources I regularly use or have found useful in the past, and I hope they’re useful to you!
01) ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
Illustrator and especially the pen tool were the bane of my existence when I started using them. Illustrator is now one of my most loved programs, and I can work in it effortlessly, so to help you get to that comfort level, here are some resources!
GENERAL I wrote a tutorial on Adobe Illustrator CC back in senior year of high school that features screencaps and diagrams, which I find much more useful than the official Adobe guides, which are all text based. Check it out at the link below!
This is an updated version of the Helpful Links page. I’ve received a lot of asks and messages about them, so I decided to make a compilation again. If there is anything I am missing, feel free to tell me!
Bungo Stray Dogs JP - official website Kadokawa’s BungoSD - Kadokawa website @bungostraydogs - official twitter account of the manga @bungosd_anime - official twitter account of the 2016 anime produced by BONES @kafkaasagiri - official twitter account of Asagiri Kafka (writer) @3c5u3r5r3y5 - official twitter account of Harukawa35 (artist) 3c5u3r5r3y5 FC2 - official blog of Harukawa35. By the way, he asks in one of his entries not to repost/republish the pictures in his blog so if we could respect that and not post anything here on tumblr, it would be great. Young Ace Up- official website for Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! @kanaineco - official twitter account of kanaineco (artist for BSD Wan!)
Where to read:
EGscans - EN; longest running scanlation group DazaiScans - EN; scanlating chapters 26+ ; scanlated tankobon omake 9 yeouya- EN; scanlated chapters 30 & 31 + tankobon omake 1-2, 5-6, 7-8 fukasenanairo - EN for tankobon omake 3 & 7 + Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! + magazine translations akutagawaprize - EN for tankobon omake 4 + random news & updates courage-a-word-of-justice - EN; scanlates Bungou Stray Dogs Wan! tantei-bozu - JP; most reliable provider Sen Manga - JP; alternate site agclixian- CN scans chendaere - EN; provides translation of the first light novel “Dazai Osamu’s Entrance Exam” nkhchy - EN; provides translation of the second light novel “Dazai Osamu and the Dark Era” snowyesque - EN; provides translation of the third light novel “The Untold Story of the Detective Agency’s Establishment”; scanlates Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!
Additionally, you can support the series by buying the official manga in sites like Amazon and CDJapan or by watching in official streaming sites such as Crunchyroll.
bungousd - tracks #bsdedit; for graphics and edits fybungousd - tracks #bsdedit; for graphics and edits bunsuto-sorter - character sorter open since 2015 November BSD Net - fan-made operated network with the goal of bringing together fans of Bungou Stray Dogs bsdwrite - weekly writing challenge soukokuweek- fanblog focused on celebrating the platonic and/or romantic relationship of Dazai Osamu and Nakahara Chuuya