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May I suggest to those that have shakey hands to do exercise with them, work on strengthening them so they can get the most out of painting. If its because of a medication, then... well can't do much about that huh?
Also I suggest when painting find a way to stablize them when doing so. If my hand shake after doing to much paint, I put my hand against the table edge when I paint. Just an idea.
Last edited by LictorInTheGrass; July 23rd, 2006 at 17:09.
i use a guide to hold my brush. its like putting a rifle on a tripod, the nose is almost right on the pivot and the butt is far off so large movments on the butt translate to small on the nose. i use it mainly in painting runes.
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I don’t think exercise is going to have any effect on shaky hands, other than perhaps make them shake even more from muscular fatigue. Everyone experiences a slight shaking of their hands when doing detailed work, and this physiological tremor is normal and impossible to prevent. In truth it’s always present, we just don’t notice it until we have to paint a miniature figure and suddenly find it difficult to control the movement of the brush.
The reason why exercise won’t do much for naturally occurring hand tremors is because it’s not the muscles that are the problem, it’s the part of our brain which controls the muscles. When we move our hand, and even when we hold the hand quite still in a static posture, the movement and positioning of our limb is achieved by our brain signalling to simultaneously contract and relax opposing muscle groups; however, because the brain continuously makes corrections to the contractive state of the muscles as we move about, minute oscillations occur in the muscles as single fibres are activated or deactivated, which then translates to vibrations of the hand. This is quite impossible to train away.
However, there are things which can exaggerate the natural physiological tremor, such as muscle fatigue from exercise, an unfavourable posture, anxiety and emotional stress. The best way to reduce your natural tremors is to be in a relaxed, well-rested state when painting, making sure to adopt a good body position by using a proper, preferably ergonomic chair and a table that is tall enough to allow you to sit up straight, and to rest as much of your arms as possible on the table surface while painting - I usually rest my elbows, lower arms, and the outer edge of my hands on the table while painting, moving only my fingers; the more muscles the brain has to control the worse the tremor gets, so by reducing muscular movements to the fingers only you can reduce the shaking significantly.
Also, as Kadris says, using a support for your brush is also a great help. :yes:
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I figured exercise would refine small muscle movements, allowing control for the painter.
if i ever have shakey hands (coffee makes me shake like woah), i'll brace my elbows on the table and bring my hands together to support each other, one with model, one with brush.
is that clear? i suppose it looks like praying-pose with my elbows on the table. it works great b/c the model is then at eye level and saves me a lot of neck/shoulder pains.
In all honesty, you're probably better off ignoring everything I say.
Or sometimes its from not eating, so chow some down:yes:
very true foot, very true. I paint better usually on a full stomach.
I'm diabetic and my blood sugar state has a big effect on my hands - too much or too little sugar in my system and the only thing I'm good for painting is the side of the house!
I try to get my hands and arms as much contact with non-moving surfaces as possible (table edge, tuck my elbows in between my torso and my chair arms), anything to give them more foundation.
I also can't have much caffeine and paint. I think being dehydrated wouldn't be good either...=)
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