Occupational Hazard

I’m not a lefty or a righty most of the time, I’m a bothy. When it comes to illustrations, however, I use my right hand exclusively, as it is the steadier of the two and just makes working with different mediums a lot easier.

The thing is, after a while, the finger (and yes, I mean The Finger) that the pens rest against begins to resemble mince. So what do I do about this? The most mature thing possible. I go and find bandages that will help protect the poor finger.

I refuse to walk around with an ugly-brown-plaster-finger because I, folks, am a lady and I must be fashionable at all times. Except on Sundays when I look as though I have fallen out of bed and into life, but that is another matter.

Either way, no plain band-aids for this kid. So here’s a current sampling of my finger guards:


I’m particularly partial to the minions. Do you ever get that pen finger thing? How do you deal with it?

Whilst I am here, the book I am currently working on is called “If Animals Were People.” I’m having a lot of fun with it, so I thought I’d show you a work in progress update:


and here is the cover:


So…back to work. Hope everyone is having a great start to their weekend!

14 thoughts on “Occupational Hazard

  1. It’s probably because you’re holding your pen/pencil/drawing tool too hard. You need to loosed your grip. Get some scrap pieces of paper, a pencil and draw random loose doodles on the paper for about ten minutes to loosen the muscles in your hand and then move onto whatever illustration your working on. I remember getting those sore fingers back in school when I was still learning the ins-and-outs of my drawing style. This definitely helps, as I can’t really remember the last time I had a sore finger from drawing. 🙂

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  2. My grandkids talked me into buying them a box of bandages each. Jalina got the Barbie ones and Seb got the Spiderman ones. Twenty minutes after we were home the boxes were empty. Apparently everything needs a band-aide. As a nurse, 75% of my time was spent documenting (before computers came along). I’ve often said I would be a millionaire if I got paid a nickle for every time I signed my name. There’s a callus on my right middle finger knuckle for proof.

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