与画画无关 / Nothing to do with drawing

当左手拇指的第一个关节开始僵硬与疼痛时,以为那是重复画画所带来的负面影响。

甚至,当问题慢慢慢慢地从拇指延伸到其他手指,仍然认为是画画的结果,便选择了休息一段日子。

可是后来,右手的五根手指的第一个关节都出现了同样的症状,我知道那已经与画画没有关系了。

坚持了好几个月,今天终于还是决定到诊所去看一下肩凝症,顺道看看十指的疼痛究竟从何惹来的。

其实,早已在网络搜寻并知道那可能是骨关节炎的症状了。

经过今天医生的诊断,果然不出我所料。

庆幸的是,这与画画无关,也就是说我仍然可以继续画画,继续挑战自己。

从昨夜开始,就已经开始第三次画江晓的俏像了,然而这一次则是用Procreate在平板上画的。

今天在诊所时无所事事,幸好带了iPad在身边,便开始用了三个小时的时间把她的头像完全的画好。

完成后,看上去似乎哪里不对,又看不出是哪里出错,与原照对比,仍然是似是而非,但比之前的两张有所进步,略感欣慰。

11.11.2020

林顺源

When I first felt the stiffness and slight pain on my left thumb, I thought it was due to too much drawing. And as the symptoms spread to the other fingers, I decided to take a break from drawing so as to let my fingers rest.

But when my right hand fingers began to feel the same stiffness and pain, I knew it had nothing to do with drawing anymore.

For months, I tried to endure the aching pain from my frozen shoulder and my ten fingers and hoped that they will somehow heal and subside. But it didn’t and affected my sleep at night.

Visiting the doctor that I visited 2 years back for my frozen shoulder would then be the next best alternative, and so I did today.

And as per what I have researched on the web, I am potentially having osteoarthritis for my fingers.

Looking at it positively, I am happy that it has nothing to do with drawing, and that means I can continue to draw, continue to challenge myself.

I started drawing Jiang Xiao’s portrait for the third time last night and couldn’t complete it. So I took the opportunity of more than 3 hours waiting time in the clinic to finish up my latest “art piece” using Procreate.

As I looked at the final work, I just couldn’t tell where is wrong with the drawing, but it certainly does not look exactly like Jiang Xiao.

The only comforting part is that I can see some improvements from the last 2 sketches which I did using graphite pencils and paper.

11.11.2020

Francis Lim

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