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Loes Oldhoff
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Hello Internet, lovely meeting you all ^^
I'm Drosera-sundews. Just your friendly, neighbourhood pseudo-scientist. You can call me Sundews, or Loes (that's Dutch, pronounced as 'loser' without the "R"). Or anything else that at least sounds like my name, be creative :D

I am 19 years old, Dutch and a second year biology student. Biology and art are more or less my two great passions in life. I draw and write in my cheap ass student room inbetween dozens of practica and lectures, it can get hecktic, but I manage :)
I make mostly fantasy art. Both digital and traditional, and also do literature, animating and crafting on occasion. I love dragons and draw them a lot, you'll find loads of them in my gallery, but I also draw a loads of other stuff and experiment quite regularly. Better not trust your expectations XD

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So, as some of you might have noticed I haven't been drawing all that much ever since the end of inktober, almost four months as of now. I lately realized I have completely forgotten to tell everyone what is going on, so, here we go. 

RSI (repetitive stain injury) or tendinitis is what happens when one person repeats the same move over and over again untill the point of tendon damage. Which is what happened to me during inktober. 
Of course quite some factors come into play with injuries like this. A wrong pose or workplace, working too long without pause or proper stretching, and stress. I had a very tough exam week during inktober. During this week I was often tired, but in the evening I would still push myself to make something for the inktober challenge. That was stupid, of course.

The problem with tendons is that there's very little blood vessels running though them. Very little living cells among the bands of elastic tissue. Thus, they heal very slowly.

With me, it started with a dull pain in my wrist. I figured I was just tired, and kept on working. 

Three weeks later the pain had migrated to just below my elbow, it stung full force now, especially when I drew after a while. In some days it was so bad that I still felt the tendon sting when I went to bed. The pain was frustrating; relaxing, moving, stretching, nothing worked. That's when I figured out what is going on. 

I had fortunately heard of RSI already. Three people I know have had it. First is my dad, who is a programmer and got RSI long ago when the computermouse was invented (isn't that a weird thought?). He still uses his left hand to mouse with, if he does it with the other hand for a while he'll start feeling the pain again, even after so many years! 

One of my roommates got it too, but she too knew about it. She kept on walking around with it for too long, though, and at some point it got so bad that she couldn't type any more. She looked for help then, and now (five years later, I think) she can do pretty much anyhting again. But it too, took a while. And she ended up with some serious study delay. 

The worst case I have heard of was of a girl I met when I went on a birding expedition with some other biologists. She had just finished her study, and was also an artist. Was being the key word here. She drew and played guitar (both hands). She hadn't know of RSI, she kept on going even when it hurt.
She told me that she 'used to be an artist'. Now she was fresh out of college and couldn't find a job because she was disabled. She couldn't do any precise hand motions for over a couple of minutes or she'd be in pain again. She couldn't draw anymore, couldn't play the guitar anymore, and her future wasn't looking all to bright. It was extremely sad.   

I am almost healed now, after four months. And I was extremely lucky. I almost immediately realized what was going on and I got help almost right away. But I have seen how it can end and I want you all to know this. To realize that, if you are an artist, you are at risk of getting this. Please, if you have deep tissue pain in your hands or arms FIND HELP! Seriously, if you let things like this get bad you might end up recovering for YEARS. Or, in an absolute worst case scenario, you'll be the next person to tell others how you "used to be an artists". Please dear friends, promise me you won't let it get that bad. Even if you have to take a break from art. It is worth it.

Lots of love,
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Navigating the Heavens, page 3 by drosera-sundews
Navigating the Heavens, page 3
Woah, I'm on a roll! Hehe, unbelieveable. There might actualy be hope for this comic to be completed! (seeing that it'll be maybe ten pages :P
Forest in a Glass by drosera-sundews
Forest in a Glass
It's so difficult to photograph these things, truly a shame. 
Pen Challenge! by drosera-sundews
Pen Challenge!
tagged by :iconikebosev: ---> UnChaiNed [Pen Marker Challenge] by Ikebosev

So I cheated on this a bit XP I took breaks inbetween drawing, but seeing that I'm recovering from tendonitis, I'd say I'm allowed :D
Look Ike! I did it! 

So the rules are: 
1: take a pen or marker
2: Start drawing and don't stop untill you're done, no corrections! 
3: tag friends in the drawing (show us your handwriting!) 

I tag: 
The-fox-of-wonders -- I know you can do this, Tag you're it! :D 
Mistovermoon -- Because I'd love to see you do traditional for once :) 
Reithya -- I know you work mostly digital, but the traditional things I have seen from you were really good! Thus, I'm curious :D 
Raethiel -- Only if you feel like it :) (draw your sona, maybe? *puppy eyes*)
ArinantWolf -- Yes buddy, don't even try to hide. I know you came back to deviantart, and it's time to face the consequences! TAG YOU'RE IT!  
Skyleap -- With your rad pointillism skills I just know you will ace this challenge, show em what you've got! 
of-the-skies -- Your traditional style is really cool, I want to see more! 
Gewalgon -- I'm not even sure if you do tags, but I thought it was worth a try. I always like your spontaneous sketchwork so I bet you'll rock at this :D 

Made so far: 
Pen Challange - You are my moon by GewalgonPen Challenge + New Game Idea by SkyleapLook at the boredom! by ArinantWolfPen challenge! by The-fox-of-wonders

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Whiterain14 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Artist
thanks for the llama!!
drosera-sundews Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
drosera-sundews Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello everyone. I'm just testing out the Da app. I can place a comment now but I have no idea where it will end up... so
Let's do this!
ArtistPhrenzy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for faving Retro Chaos
drosera-sundews Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem :)
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I sent an angel to watch over you last night but it came back.
I asked, "why?"
The angel said, "angels don't watch over angels."
Twenty one angels are IN your world.
Ten of them are sleeping, Ten are playing, one is reading this message.
Send this to ten friends including me.
I guess if I don't get it back I'm not one of them. As soon as you get five replies someone you love will quietly surprise you.
Please read, not joking. God has seen you struggling with something. God says it's over. A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God send this message on. Please don't ignore it. You are being tested. God is going to fix two things BIG tonight in your favor. DROP everything and pass it on. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't break this chain. Send this to 14 friends in 10 minutes. It's not that hard
DavionX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Can you tell me why I was kicked from AIOLP?
I'm totally cool with it, the kick told me more about the group that I had to know,
but I really liked to know the reason.
drosera-sundews Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh hey Davion. Well, I'm on semi-hiatus due to RSI so I haven't really been foloowing the discussions. But I sort of got the gist.
Some users had complains about your comments, said they were unnecessarily negative, a few mentioned you were being rude (I'm not sure if it was actually true or their interpretation.) All summed up it wasn't so much one specific thing as well as loads of little slightly rude things together. I hope you'll understand. 
DavionX Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh okay, I see spanish wuss cried his eyes out from all the mean, bean words.

You guys should consider putting him out of administration, seriously, he has just no idea about diplomaty and reads everything wrong in his head. He's really just not up to the job.
Think about it,
and have fffffffffffff :icondancingfinnplz: funn
drosera-sundews Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Just for future reference, Ike is a friend of mine, and a very nice and kind person. "Spanish wuss" sounds very denegrating and insulting. If you want to have a nice time with people, do not insult their friends, they will take offence. 
Have a nice day :) 
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