It appears to be a common problem – both amongst expert and young artists: shaking arms. My personal impression: perhaps one half of us all been through difficulties with their hand shaking too seriously for painting more than one time.
So I did this number of tricks and tips on how to overcome trembling arms as well as how to get accustomed to it, if it can’t be stopped.
However I need to point out this first: in case you have trembling arms regularly and have not done so previously: go and see your doctor!
Often trembling arms tend to be almost nothing a little more sleeping and cutting down on coffee can’t mend (later on more on that). Nonetheless trembling arms may also be the symptom of some severe health problems that need professional therapy.
That said, here are several homemade remedies for shaking arms. Obviously it is always a great idea to live healthy.
First lower your coffee consumption. And do the same for any drinks which contain caffeine such as cola.
Then make sure you have enough rest. Determined by your actual physical constitution eight hours per day undoubtedly are a good guideline. Additionally a brief nap after lunch can work like a charm, too!
I’m certain you don’t drink a lot alcoholic beverages as this might aggravate your shaking, too. Only for the sake of completeness: consume alcohol only occasionally and moderately.
Possibly this is a relatively surprising discovery for you: trembling arms could possibly be the result of a too high sugar intake (frequently in combination with too much caffeine). So substitute your sugar with more healthy foods like vegetables and fruits.
Next it can help you if you get more active. This could be regular workout routines or joining your neighborhood sports club as well as getting extended walks in the neighborhood.
Also a reduced level of Magnesium could cause muscle tightness resulting in trembling arms. A tell tale sign is if you have hic-ups or cramps. Thus ensure that you eat a good amount of vegetables and salad daily so you have more magnesium.
Next if you are under medication this might be a factor, too. In this case – again: consult your medical professional. He may offer an strategy how to adjust your medication to reduce the shaking.
But what if you can not decrease the shaking sufficiently in order to sketch without difficulties?
Then you can definitely utilize all these methods to sketch regardless of shaking arms:
First you can get in any well equipped art supply store so called drawing ‘bridges’ – these are typically little bridge shaped shelves made from wood or acrylic. You place them across your drawing so that you can rest your arm and stabilize your hand. The drawback: you can not carry out those long and sweeping motions.
Next you could develop your drawing style in a direction so you do not need to sketch accurate aspects with great accuracy. Therefore you learn to get a loose more flowing and more forgiving style.
Lastly it is possible to consider using stencils, french curves and rulers.
Most crucial: don’t become disheartened. Just imagine: old Charles M. Schulz (the inventor of Charlie Brown and Snoopy) had Parkinson. Nonetheless he managed to adapt and compensate the shaking so he did not stop drawing his comic strips till he retired (at age 77!).