Are you a sculptor or 2d artist? Are you in a tremendous amount of pain in the shoulders, arms or wrists?
One of the most important things that no one will ever teach you in school is that art is a physical activity. It’s hard on your body. Just like any physical activity, especially one that may last for eight hours, you need to do stretches prior to starting.
Pain can include shooting pains down your arms, tension headaches, numb fingers, cramping of your pecs around your sternum, ect.
This video is a great starter for opening up your shoulders, which will go a long way to helping you stay pain-free.
Most artists don’t make enough to afford health care in the states, so preventative care is a MUST. Do some stretches before you end up doing permanent damage like I have.
Other stretches to check out are ones for carpal tunnel and tendonitis. They are two different conditions that affect the hands and wrists. If you can, go get a massage and ask them to focus on your shoulders and hands. Deep tissue/sports massage seems to work the best, although other forms of massage may be just as helpful.