Monday, December 6, 2010

Makin' History and the Importance of Good Posture

Hi all--Happy December! I can't believe how fast November went. Time flies when you're loving life!
I'm finally getting back in the swing of the famous Americans project I'm working on. Below should be the last of the pencil portraits. Once they get some color treatment I'll be moving on to the second portion of the project which will feature each historical figure in a respective illustrated scene from their life.

In the mean time, I'm still plugging away at the Red Riding Hood book and am trying to stay on schedule so I can get the finals done in 5 weeks time. The cover is still in progress but here is a sneak peak:

While I work on that, I'm also continuing to work on the three little pigs cover I started a few months ago which is due in January.

So big YAY for even having multiple projects to balance--I'm really truly thankful to have some work to keep me going through the start of winter. :)

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In other news, life working at a desk all day has been taking a bit of a toll on me the last few months (way to go Courtney and your terrible posture!!) What began as lower back pain in August has since evolved into mid and upper back, neck, and most recently, tremendous hip pain. It has been debilitating at times, making it difficult to stand up straight, walk any decent length, and even get a decent night's sleep. Going to the chiropractor hasn't done much yet---but I'm working on it. I've even gone so far as to purchase a brand new ($4,000!?!?!?!) Tempur-Pedic mattress in hopes that the extra back support will alleviate the symptoms over time. Thankfully the anti-inflammatory medicine is working some magic right now or I wouldn't be typing any of this.

The point of me mentioning this is not to share my personal problems with you all, but to bring awareness to the harmful effects of non-ergonomic sitting/work habits and the importance of practicing good posture, especially for artists who, like me, either sit at a drafting table or computer all day. I'm only 26 but everything is catching up with me now. I'm wishing I could go back to the days when I felt no pain at all, and I'm kicking myself for not appreciating how good I had it then. Life can change so quickly...but I'm staying positive, taking responsibility, and hoping for the best.

"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." -Buddha

1 comment:

  1. Right there with you, Courtney. I went twice last week and have two appts with a chiropracter this week. He's had me ice my back for 15 minutes, wait an hour, then heat for 15 minutes, and that has helped so much along with the core strengthening exercises. It's so hard to remember to sit up straight while illustrating all day.