Hi! I'm new

1:50 AM, Thursday May 5th 2022

My arm is soo sore, I sometimes end up drawing with my elbow is that okay?

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2:19 AM, Thursday May 5th 2022

If your arm gets sore and tired, then that's probably a sign you need to be taking a break. You can always come back to the task later, or the next day, when your arm is feeling better and you're better able to draw using your whole arm, from the shoulder. Given that drawing with your whole arm engages muscles that otherwise are often unused, it's going to take some time and mileage to strengthen them, and increase your stamina. But no, the answer is not to slip back to drawing from your elbow.

Try giving these notes about the "path of least resistance" a read.

9:53 PM, Thursday May 5th 2022

Thanks for the reply, knowing that my cries for help can be answered is heartwarming,cos its not easy to get chances like this in my country.

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