How to Draw When Hands are Shaking

How to Draw When Hands are Shaking

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It seems to be a quite common problem - both among seasoned and younger artists: shaking hands. My impression: maybe half of us have experienced problems with their hand shaking too much for drawing at least once. So I did this collection of tips and tricks how to overcome your shaky hands or even how to get used to it, if it cannot be stopped.

But I have to say this first: if you have shaky hands on a regular basis and haven't done so already: go and see a doctor!

Often shaky hands are nothing a little more sleep or cutting down on coffee can't fix (later more on this). But shaky hands can also be the symptom of some serious illnesses that need professional treatment.

That said, let's look at some homemade remedies for shaking hands. Of course it's always a great idea to live healthier.

So first reduce your coffee consumption. And do the same for any beverages that contain caffeine like cola.

Then always make sure you get enough sleep. Depending on your physical constitution 8 hours per day are a good rule of thumb. Also a short nap after lunch can work wonders, too!

I'm sure you don't drink very much alcohol as this may worsen your shaking, too. Just for the sake of completeness: drink alcohol only occasionally and moderately.

Maybe this is a somewhat surprising discovery to you: trembling hands can be the result of a too high sugar consumption (often in combination with too much caffeine). So replace your sugar with more healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.

Then it will help you if you get more active. This can be regular workouts or joining the local sports club as well as taking longer walks through the neighborhood.

Also a low level of Magnesium can cause muscle tightness leading to shaky hands. A tell tale sign is if you get hic-ups or cramps. So make sure to eat a good amount of vegetables and salad each day so you have more magnesium.

Then if you're under medication this may be a factor, too. In this case - again: ask your doctor. He may have an idea how to adjust your medication to reduce the shaking.

But what if you cannot reduce the shaking enough to draw without problems?

Then you can apply these tricks to draw in spite of shaking hands:

First you can find in any good equipped art supply store so called drawing 'brigdes' - these are small bridge shaped shelves made out of wood or acrylic. You place them over your drawing so you can rest your arm and steady your hand. The drawback: you cannot do those long and sweeping motions in exchange.

Second you can develop your drawing style in a direction where you don't need to draw fine details in high precision. So you get a looser more flowing and more forgiving style.

Finally you can consider using stencils, french curves and rulers.

But most important: don't get discouraged. Imagine: old Charles M. Schulz (the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy) had Parkinson. Nonetheless he managed to adapt and compensate the shaking so he didn't stop drawing his comic strips until he retired (at age 77!).



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linda rigotty  - stroke   |:
I had a stroke and my hands move on their own from time to time when I am trying
to draw, I am working on a children's book. I just received a 100 on manuscript
from college. I have to eat bananas for Magnesium. my art teacher use to tell me
I am good at drawing buildings among cartoons. I also have auto immune
scleroderma, I just want to get my first children's book published which I will.
MARCIA  - shakey hands   |:
I AM SO NERVOUS THAT I AM GOING TO MAKE A MISTAKE AND THIS IS THE REASON FOR MY
SHAKY HANDS. I FEEL I MUST BE PERFECT FIRST GO. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR THIS
PLEASE?
Lu   |:
Okay, I don't know how hold this comment is but maybe you still have the
problem:
For me it helps to have a Sketch- or rather Scribblebook just for
thumbnais. There's literally nothing good in that book I just try to capture my
ideas in there. Like gesture drawing. Maybe this "I plan to draw scrap that
no eyes but mine will ever see" thing helps you to gain confidence and get
used to multiple tries - I usually "Gesture" things in this book many
times, the same drawing over and over again, cause I've made the experience that
if the first few strokes on a drawing don't feel right you'll keep correcting
forever. And once I like an approach I enlarge and trace it
Lu   |:
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Okay, I don't know how hold this comment is but maybe
you still have theproblem:
For me it helps to have a Sketch- or rather
Scribblebook just forthumbnais. There's literally nothing good in that book I
just try to capture myideas in there. Like gesture drawing. Maybe this "I
plan to draw scrap thatno eyes but mine will ever see" thing helps you to
gain confidence and getused to multiple tries - I usually "Gesture"
things in this book manytimes, the same drawing over and over again, cause I've
made the experience thatif the first few strokes on a drawing don't feel right
you'll keep correctingforever. And once I like an approach I enlarge and trace
it
...
carole  - drawing bridge   |:
I can't seem to find one of these in the UK can anyone point me in the right
direction please. I can't cure my shaky hands and a bridge would be so
helpful.

Carole
Fred Moravec   |:
I have had Parkinsons Disease for 9 years now. I do not have a bad case yet but
I always take my medication before I draw.

I found that holding the pencil or
brush loosely helps.
Pam  - shaking hands   |:
I have sketched almost all my 62yrs. I have done work for my children's school.
I have always wanted a pro to show me new ways to improve. You are my
teacher,thank you so much. Back to the shaking_I was diagnosed with an
auto-immune disorder(CIDP)over 5yrs ago. I have the same symptoms as MS. The
shaking has gotten worse of the years but it hasn't stopped my love of
sketching. On bad days-I simply cut back on it. On my good days_I go at it with
the feeling of freedom! As long as I can hold my pencil or chalk I can show the
world what is in my soul. Besides, I might beable to use a brace to help with
the shaking when on my bad days. Life is way too short to give up on your dream
or what makes you feel free. Thank you so much for your lessons. As the song
goes_"You are the wind beneath my wings." Pam
Maryyy   |:
Sadly my shaking disease is from my family. I can't do anything to cure it...
Warrl   |:
My mom, both my sisters, and I take propranolol to help control the tremors.
FRED MORAVEC   |:
Take heart Mary, you can still do great things in drawing if you face this
straight on with courage and faith.
Elaine  - Shaky hands.   |:
I understand, 6 yrs ago i was electrocuted with 640 volts. So yes i shake a bit
somedays worse than others...BUT I'M HERE and have to make do ...Have any of you
ever thought that that "SHAKE" you call a bother could really be a
blessing in disguise?? Art is all about HOW you see it and HOW YOU translate
that to the paper. So like me USE that as a kind of "signature" that is
ALL YOURS...I'm nobody famous but with that shake in my hands and in my step i
may be one day!!!!
agnes lawrie  - mrs   |:
i have started taking magnesium tablets for my shaky hands and they are a lot
better
i did go to my doctor and he said i have to try it at this moment they
are a lot better it was all the treatment i have been on that did it so thanks
again i would never have thought of it again thanks
agnes
Fred  - Shaking hands ...   |:
I wish it were that simple. Caffine isn't the problem for me, nor is the sugar.
I wish I knew what it was, but I do like the fact you came up with a couple of
ideas.
Pam  - shaking hands   |:
Fred, have you checked to see if it might be carpel tunnel? I also know that a
friend of mine had strained her hand in school and the shaking started. Her
doctor said it was because she had strained it. That was many yrs ago. Now, a
neurologist might say different. Good luck, if it were me i would have it
checked out. Pam
Sian  - Thanks   |:
I've always had a problem with shaking hands so at least now I know what I need
to do! The medical info was quite helpful!,
pamiso horam  - hi sir   |:
hi sir thank you for you suggest and if you please can you give me information
of fafe drawing and shading i will be very thankful to you sir.thank you.
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