i heard that smoking cigarettes is a good way to steady your hand for detailed work, is it the nicotine or the other shit in the smoke that gets the job done?
also general art hacks thread.
things you do to improve your drawing such as substance and or tools.
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Smoking cigarettes is a great way to smell bad, waste thousands of dollars a year and destroy your health; it's not good for much else.
You should probably practice instead op (search Dynamic Sketching on youtube). If your hands are still really that shaky after practicing those exercises for several hours every day for 3 months you probably should just learn how to use vectors instead of raster digitally or paint like Pollock instead of Rembrandt
Please tell me you're not actually considering to shorten your life with 10 years due to debunked smoking myths, OP. Please tell me you're not that goddamn stupid.
Even if this was true, it's not worth it. Due to tolerance you will have to increase the amount of nicotine intake all the time to keep the same effect, if you don't you will get worse and worse abstinence issues, which include nervousness and shaking, shaking much worse than now. So unless you are ok with handling the adverse effects of smoking like cancer and then death, i would say practice more.
However, there are some good calming pills, I take em, muscle relaxant, it's available for purchase over the counter here without recipe (europe), it's called Guajacuran (active ingredient is guaifenesin). It's not very strong but it calms me nicely and I'm pretty shaky. It's pretty old and the doctor told me there aren't many adverse effects only sleepiness and it doesn't build any dependence.
It steadies my hand quite a bit because I'm addicted to nicotine.
If you're not addicted to nicotine then it will probably make you feel light headed and queasy, so don't be an idiot.
Any other smokers ITT, get switched over to vaping, changed my life. Obviously quitting is better.
In my experience, the best way to calm your nerves is a deep inhalation of a ragful of diethyl-ether.
>is it the nicotine or the other shit in the smoke that gets the job done?
Even if you didn't pay much attention in school, you really, really could have just googled this first before starting up discussion.
Nicotine is a stimulant, and inhalation via smoking has a very short high. For a non-addict, an average cigarette properly used would likely cause too much excitement, and any positive effects would fade before they could get any work done. In addition, a non-smoker would have problems adjusting to the reduced oxygen, causing further problems.
Orally ingested it has a slightly more drawn out high, but any positive effects on drawing ability for non-addicts are negligible and generally not worth the price.
The "other shit" are basically just poison.
So in short, no.
Alcohol, on the other hand, is a depressant, and at low doses (~1 serving) does reduce shaking without impairing higher functions. Wouldn't make that a habit either, though, but it could work in a pinch.