For a lot of you in the northern hemisphere, it’s gonna be pretty warm as summer comes up. Although, here in Australia, June means it’s winter time. The weather is quite nice, but… There’s the huge problem of cold fingers. It’s a worrying time when you’re drawing in pen, because your finger is liable to just twitch or shiver at any time, and screw up your drawings.

Like, shoot, take this sketch of Eisenfaust from page 9:

In the original sketch, she looks like she kind of just… Melted and had some kind of muscle spasm. Every time I tried to work on this panel, my hands were just really cold, and I had very little control over them. They would often suddenly gain or lose weight, or just twitch. I tried putting on some fingerless gloves – because fingered ones would be awkward to pen with, but that was still super unwieldly, and they left my fingers cold. Just this one screwy panel took ages to fix on the computer.

It’d become such a problem by then and slowed down the drawing process massively. I figured I should find a solution, but what, what could it be?

 

Pondering over it, I took a sip of this cup of soup on my desk. Then it hit me. I’ve been drinking the answer! It was soup.

Hot soup, the kind you can easily make with dehydrated mix and boiling water from a percolator, and you pour into a cup. As it turns out, soup holds heat — and holds it for a pretty long time. So whenever I felt like I was losing control of my hands, I just cupped my hands over the top and let the steam warm them. Then I would be good to go to proceed drawing again. It’d be out so long that, by the time I actually drank it, it would be lukewarm if not cold.

It’s why, these days, I tend to have this weird cup of soup sitting on my desk doing nothing. I keep it as a handwarmer, and it makes my room smell soupy and savoury (which is actually pretty terrible after a while).

So, artists, if you, too have cold twitchy fingers during the winter, the answer is to have a cup of soup with you at all times.