Protect Yourself when Drawing!

Many years ago, I almost lost the use of my right hand – my drawing hand! Subsequent to surgery and several months of physiotherapy, I regained full use of this hand. Needless to say, I have been very careful ever since.

You can prevent similar repetitive movement injuries by paying attention to how you hold your arm and hand as you draw.

Try to move only your lower and upper arm when drawing – drawing is more like conducting an orchestra than writing a shopping list. When you do need to move your fingers and/or wrist, relax your hand and bend your wrist back slightly to keep the carpal tunnel open.

To prevent your back from getting tired or cramped, remember to place your feet flat on the floor or on a footstool when drawing in a seated position.


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

One Response to Protect Yourself when Drawing!

  1. beverly says:

    Hi Brenda, wow what a beautiful job you did of depicting our ancestory and telling their story, thanks for that and our visit this fall, and hope you guys will come back home, ice cream and the beach await you.



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