Would Appreciate Advice on Drawing with an Injury
10:53 PM, Wednesday March 22nd 2023
So 3 years ago I had a catastrophic shoulder injury and tore it in three different places. It required surgery and has never ever been the same. Even after a year of rehab, it still gets arthritic in humid weather and generally hurts every day.
The thing is, my left shoulder never bothered me with drawing, until now with DrawABox. I recently started a warehouse job that leaves my shoulder feeling extra crackly and arthritic afterwards (only my left). This has affected my drawing, since DrawABox has taught me to draw with my shoulder. Pre-warehouse there was no issue with drawing.
I'm on box 189 and have been sort of gritting my teeth, but I need to stop. My shoulder cracks 5-7 times after every line I draw now and can sometimes be heard across the room. I'm not tensing or anything like that, and this only happens after working the warehouse (which is almost everyday) and only with fine motor skills, never when lifting anything heavy.
I'm a bit at a loss because my line quality has become so much worse. It was getting so good!
Now, I'm not sure how to proceed.
I can't quit the warehouse job for the next 4-5 years because they are paying for every expense of my degree (which I need if I ever want to be out of the warehouse). It's also the only job I can find around me and has crucial benefits.
Another surgery is out of the question for me due to expenses as this would only be for drawing. A doctor or whoever would likely tell me to do the stretches I'm already doing, which isn't exactly helpful either. Often, I stretch before drawing, but its usually not enough. Sometimes I stretch for 45 min - 1 hour and am then able to draw 3 boxes. Which, to be honest, I'm not sure if the juice is worth the squeeze there and this isn't possible everyday or even most days, not to mention the 50% rule, too.
The most realistic solution I can think of is to start learning how to draw with my right hand/shoulder. This one has no problems and has never been damaged, torn or sprained. It's a really good right shoulder, not to brag, but it is.
So, I was wondering if anyone had any tips on doing this or if I even should? Perhaps from someone who knew someone with an injury and had to use the other arm. Also, I'm not sure if I should start back from lesson 1 or what I should do, I just know I can't keep drawing with this pain.