Hey everyone, I just wanted to touch base a bit as I've been fairly quiet the past couple weeks. I've been dealing with some pretty persistent fatigue, but I'm relieved that it's been my only real symptom, as my neuralgia has been in remission the past few weeks (yay! :D). I gotta say though, the fatigue sucks pretty hard too, but I've been doing my best to work around it. I try to get as much done as possible on my good days, but as my health has been super inconsistent, it's really hard to stick to anything regularly. It's pretty frustrating, but it is what it is and I feel fortunate that I have support from Drew during this time (he's still working for home due to the lockdown).
As a result of all this, I've been making pretty slow progress with page 424, it's moving forward, but I'm taking baby steps at the moment until I have the energy to sit at the computer for more than an hour at a time. I've also been keeping up with my studies (also at a really slow pace) and I'm really happy with how it's helped me so far. I never knew that learning the bones of the body would be so helpful for figure drawing, but I guess that should have been a given lol. I'm getting closer to finally learning the muscles, so I'm excited to see the changes that will make to my artwork. I'm hoping to share some of the assignments I've done, I just gotta make some space on my iCloud so I can download them from procreate.
I really hope you're all doing okay, I know there's a lot going on right now and the constant flood of info/headlines can be really stressful. I know for me, it's been a good idea to avoid social media for the most part (especially twitter) and focus on my immediate surroundings and sources I know I can trust. I think it's natural for us to want to keep scrolling news feeds to find some relief or sense of control, but in my experience, that almost always leads to feeling more anxious and unsure than before. There's been many times in the past where I've googled something about an MS symptom, only to read a frightening statistic that freaks me out for the rest of the day, it's never helpful at all.
Some of the stuff I've been doing that does help is a lot of yoga, exercise, reading and meditating. Yoga has been particularly helpful for reducing my stress, the LAST thing I want to sound like is one of those 'yoga cures everything' people but I think the mind/body aspect of it is what makes it especially helpful (I believe it helps engage the parasympathetic nervous system which brings you out of fight/flight mode). I've also got a large backlog of sci-fi books that I'm currently making my way through. I'm currently reading Solaris by Stanislaw Lem, it's so good and also fairly creepy, which I didn't expect. Then again, I heard Silent Hill 2 was inspired by it, so I guess it really shouldn't be all that surprising. Either way, I definitely recommend it.
That's pretty much all that's new with me. I'm going to try to get the new page finished in the next week, but either way I will keep you all posted.
Thanks as always for your support and take care!