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I had my lower left wisdom tooth removed yesterday, and I spent the rest of that day drooling blood, feeling a shitty throbbing pain and generally feeling sorry for myself.

I haven't really stopped bleeding yet.   I can't believe it.  I badly want to get back into things – exercising, eating hot and solid food again.  The doctor told me to not do those things on the day of the surgery since they increases blood pressure and impedes blood clotting, so since it obviously hasn't completely clotted, I'm so apprehensive to do anything that might jeopardize the process even if it's completely sucking right now.  I suppose the sooner I can get this done and over with, the sooner I can get back into doing the things I really want and not have to worry about the clots not forming properly or whatever.

The doctor recommended that I eat ice cream, because apparently the coldness is good for restricting blood flow. Unbelievable, isn't it?  This is something that sounds fantastic in theory, but trust me, even the hyperpalatability of ice cream cannot make up the torture of a monotonous diet.  As I don't tolerate dairy very well, I don't wish to eat anymore of it than is absolutely necessary, which unfortunately is more frequent than I'd dared hope; I was prescribed a cocktail of medication – painkillers, antibiotics, anti-swelling – all of which are to be taken up to three times a day along with or after food.

Sigh.

Oh well, at least it's for the best.  That tooth was bothering me for quite a long time.

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On the other note, I've been making art on my iPad.  At first it felt rather clumsy and I felt so apprehensive with it, because using a stylus is nothing like using a wacom pen.  Also, there is no pressure sensitivity (I know that styluses with rudimentary pressure sensitivity exists but they're sooo expensive..), which throws a massive curveball to the already formidable learning curve.  So, making art on iPad isn't a continuation of making digital art on the computer but it feels like using a whole new different medium.

The reward for the perseverance is worth it, though, in my opinion.  I can see visible improvement with each drawing I crank out.

In chronological order:

Khalil Gibran  (using ArtRage app)
sta.sh/0nbksowi7ua

Orange Jellyfish Sky (using Sketchbook Pro)
sta.sh/08y99ons0wt

Reading (using Procreate)
sta.sh/01n0e7bufc1d

my favourite so far as you can see is Procreate.  It's very fast and the interface is very simple and intuitive.  I also like the way their blending mode works.

That's not including the scribblings and really early sketches which I think are too crappy to show :P.  I'll definitely finish the last two in Photoshop when I have time.

I'd also like to say that no matter how advanced or intuitive the apps are or how convenient it is to make digital art & sketches on the go with iPad, it will definitely never replace the physical sketchbook and whatever medium you choose to use with it :).
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Hanasu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
coconut milk icecream is super yummy. I realize that this is a few days too late, but seriously it's awesome.
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Ivy00 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
awwww poor kayness, my left lower one was impacted about as bad as they come. But I didn't have any problems after it was cut out of there. They had to put in stitches though , so that probably helped.

I am scheduled for a second jaw surgery and will be on nothing but liquids for at least two weeks, so I feel for you. Worst part of that is they have to up the breathing tube in via your nosey and it bleeds for like 20 hours afterwards :( Hard to not get blood on anything important.

Hope you are feeling better, once they start healing it improves rapidly :D
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eilidh Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ow, ow, your poor tooth! Yay for the ice cream prescription, though. XD If you can't handle dairy well, try sorbet! It's delicious and fruity (and much less of a calorie bomb, too, if you're concerned about that!)

I saw your iPad sketches! Procreate seems to be giving you more options - the clouds in particular look really beautifully made in both form and texture. If I didn't know better, I'd think you had made this in Painter. :)
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry to hear about the sucky extraction. I hope things get better soon. Can you try some non-diary cold desserts? Soy or rice based?
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks also for the iPad art links. :D I'll stick with my sketchbook for now.
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah no matter how neat the ipad apps and whatever are, it doesn't just 'feel' the same as using physical media.
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Kay, for fluids just let ice chips melt in your mouth, don't suck on them. Also, freeze fruit juices in ice cube trays, let them melt in your mouth. Mash bananas, or your favorite fruits, no seeds, eat that chilled. :hugs: feel better soon.
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
mmm I already love chewing on ice cubes. I know that's terrible for my teeth. but I'll try to restrain myself!
and thank you, frozen fruit juices sound infinitely more appealing than anything dairy-based for me, based on the way it makes me feel.
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keight Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
My hubby, the intensive care nurse, adds that you might check in with your dentist and let them know about your concerns about the continuing bleeding.
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh Thank you for your concern, but it's actually stopped bleeding now. I was a bit concerned because when I woke up I could still taste blood and when I bit a tissue there was still a slightly red tinge, but by the end of the day it's gone. I'm happy to say that it's not bleeding anymore.

Thank you Kate :hug:
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