Anyone else feeling that end of Week 5, beginning of Week 6 (aka two weeks from midterms) burn?
I was talking to my brother — a college freshman this year — the other day, and we got talking about motivation. I made the comment that once you’re infected with senioritis, it never goes away. You get it, squared, when you’re a college senior.
“I’ve been in school for nearly twenty years,” I’ve said frequently over the course of this semester, lamenting my lack of habits of organization and time management. “But when will I learn?”
(Tune in next time to find out)
What is going on in my Independent Learning Project this week?
Last week I mentioned that I intended to gain some experience with pixel/background art, but that ended up being the wrench thrown into the project. From the beginning I’ve had an idea that I wanted the main character to be a detective. However, I’d neglected world-building before character design and, thus, when I went to sketch out ideas in my sketchbook in practice for the setting, I learned that what I began to envision (and get excited about) did not fit my current designs. And so it was back to the drawing board. And back to the animation software.
But I think this (relatively minor) setback is going to produce something that, in the end, is going to be a lot more fun to work on. This is a part of the process of creation, after all; a lesson I’ve learned over the years is that you have to embrace it. Sometimes concepts have to be scrapped (or, as I’d rather phrase it, stored — just because something won’t work in this particular instance doesn’t mean it won’t ever work).
So now I’m working with this:
Aside from that, however, I did make sure to learn something.
One topic that I’ve stumbled into talking about these past few weeks in relation to my Project is habits of self-care for those of us who are, by circumstance or nature, more sedentary and also more inclined to overwork ourselves.
Those of you who are artists, crafters, or writers might be familiar with the ache in a hand or a wrist — and in your back, if you’re like me and your desk chair is overflowing with stacks of books at the moment.
This past week I hurt my wrist a little while putting together furniture for a friend. And I thought to myself, “Look, this just proves what you’ve been thinking about the past month — you have to take better care of yourself.” Because I’m first-and-foremost a writer, and it’s a lot easier to write when you have use of both of your hands, especially the dominant one (which I injured). So having my hand is important, to say the least.
It’s better now, but it reminded me of techniques I’d once seen shared in an online artist community, about wrist exercises that are designed to help relieve pain and prevent repetitive strain injuries and carpal tunnel.
I couldn’t find the original video, but I did find one I found that seemed to be just as good, and demonstrated stretches that I recalled from the original video:
It takes time, but it’s really only 2 minutes, so it’s time well spent. It’s a great habit to get into, and given how long I spend typing and drawing, it’s better to start now and get ahead of any future issues, than have to try to make it up while dealing with something more severe.
Hopefully you all find this helpful too!