Mine Eyes! They See!

So I went to the optometrist today, dreading that the doctor would tell me that I should really be at a higher prescription for my glasses/contacts, and that I would have to fight back to keep my prescription at a -1.50 level.

A curious thing about my case– I only wear a contact in my left eye. My right eye sees fine, despite a slight astigmatism.

The last time I got my eyes checked, some three or so years ago, I was told that I should start wearing contacts in both eyes, and my prescription was getting a little worse. I’ve noticed lately that my left eye (the one with the contact) has been seeing pretty good– not perfect, but pretty close to perfect when wearing the lens.

So what does the doctor tell me? Despite spending the last two years in cubicles, focusing on animation paper no further than a foot from my face, that my eyesight’s actually improved in my left eye! How much? Half a point– I should be at a -1.00, but that’s quite a jump from -1.50, so she brought me down to -1.25 for the time being.

I’m so happy about this that I had to blog about it πŸ™‚ The tree leaves and details in the mountains had never been so crisp as they were on that car ride home today, wearing the weaker lens.

Moral of the story? Get your daily dose of antioxidants (green tea for the win! Dried blueberries, too,) take your lutein vitamins and just you watch your eyesight improve πŸ™‚

Sketchbooks Through 11 Years

So I got this crazy idea. How far have I come, artistically, through the years– and in what increments? What if I took photos of mid-July drawings in all my sketchbooks, clear back to ’99? And then let’s say that I publish all these drawings (no matter how embarrassing they are) onto a blog? I thought it would be fun.
2010: Here’s where we stand today… Taking the rules and breaking them.
Read on for a trip through time!

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Out with the Old

What’s going on? Tahnee.org’s home page is… GONE!

Never fear. There’s a lot of old stuff that’s got to be weeded out, and this blog needs to be integrated better into the main site. Hence the reboot… Which may take a little while to design and put up. But, when it’s finished, all the content will be fresh and happy!

Intuos Pen: Drawing More Comfortably

If I’m drawing or animating digitally for an extended period of time, generally my wrist starts to hurt because the barrel of the Intuos pen is so thick. I’m not sure how common this trick is, but it’s worth sharing because it might spare you a pain in the wrist.

This goes for all pens from Intuos 2 on up to Intuos 4– I believe the Cintiq pens are about identical to the I3’s/I4’s.

  1. Unscrew the tapered tip, right below the gel grip.
  2. Pop off the clicky button by gently lifting the edge of one side; the whole button should pop off.
  3. Slide off the grip.
  4. (Optional)– pop the button back in (seen here). It will stick out, but you can keep it out of your way depending on how you hold the pen.

Now the pen’s barrel is roughly the same thickness of an ordinary pen. Huzzah!

Playing Piano

I have a theory.
–What’s that?
That playing piano hinders carpal tunnel syndrome.
–Oh?? Why?
Because you’re not playing the same two notes over (hopefully…) Instead, you’re playing individual notes, complex chords, and are basically doing finger acrobatics.
When drawing or typing, the hand is doing the same thing over and over, with minor differences. When playing piano, it’s doing all sorts of variations of different actions.
My goal’s to practice every day. That should make drawing a lot easier πŸ˜€

That’s a photo of my piano. It’s been through some battles.