Hand dexterity with age

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    Brian Moser
    Participant

    Taking a deep dive in to drawing at 45, in preparation for making some artistic moves in my retirement. Can anyone who has been drawing for awhile, who is also “getting up there” in age, comment on how the hands are holding up. Obviously I don’t draw for a living, so the time I spend in repetitive drawing motions is not as much as others.

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    Matthew
    Keymaster

    Hi Brain,

    I have completely abused my hands in the past, painting for ten plus hours in one day.
    I can honestly say that as of today my hands feel great. Of course I have had years where they did not feel great.

    I would love to discuss this in the podcast on Monday. Comments from other members concerning this topic would be great.

    Matt

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    Arjun Khode
    Participant

    Hi Brian and Matt! If you look at some of Glen Vilppu’s drawings, he is in his 80s right now, probably approaching the 90s, he still draws actively and he seems to be doing good even still. When he was in his 70s, that’s when some of the DVDs (Free to view on Youtube if you search for ’em) were filmed and he draws so smoothly! His hands just seem to glide over the newsprint. He is an expert on anatomy and taught it at multiple leading animation companies, like Disney. His method of teaching relies heavily on simplifying form into box and spheres.

    In my opinion, it must probably be the thinking style that evolves or changes with age rather than the mark-making deteriorating. I always think to myself, “I would never let myself become sloppy with age” but in their defense, after half a lifetime of doing realism and careful drawing, I can totally understand that an artist would like to evolve and move past that.

    I think Bouguereau lived pretty long too and his latter paintings also still had the chops!

    -Arjun

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