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The Hand in the Iron Mask.

The Hand in the Iron Mask.
10/03/2012

The Hand in the Iron Mask.  (Or more accurately the Hand in the Fiberglass Mitten.)

Freedom has finally come for the Hand in the Fiberglass Mitten.  After seven long weeks of incarceration in a prison with no room to wiggle, no water, no light, nothing but the rigid, bitter embrace of an iron maiden (fiberglass) the Hand is finally free.

Perhaps I should back up.  The first week of August, in a bizzare accident while saving orphan babies from firey mutant cyborg ninjas riding radioactive pterodactyls, I broke my hand.  (You should see what they look like though.)  And yes, the one I draw with.

So basically the last two months have been depressingly artless for me. Oh, I did some rough crayon drawings with my left hand, sure.   Thank you notes to the fine folk who brought my comfort food, comfort candy, comfort drink, and various other flavors of comfort.  (I live in Utah, we pretty much just find any excuse we can to eat.  Pretty much every other form of joy is banned here.)

I’m thrilled to say that I’m back in the saddle.  The saddle of a comfy chair behind a computer, tablet, and a stack of assignments that have been waiting for a little love.

As far as the details, for those interested, I’ve kept a little itty bitty photo log:

Here’s the initial X-ray, which shows a spiral fracture of the index metacarpal.  That basically means I twist-popped it like a tube of frozen dough.  Unpleasant.

They splinted it up, wanting to watch it for a week or two before deciding if it gets a cast, or surgery, or both.  Here we see me, just hours after the break, attempting to finish a painting with some improvisation.  This was roughly as efficient as holding it in my teeth.   So I awkwardly finished this assignment left handed, and had to send back everything else I was working on.  And I had some sexy, sexy stuff on the table too…  :’(

At Gen Con, unable to sign things, I instead used an event exclusive stamp labeled “Steve Argyle: Broken Hand Edition Gen Con 2012.”  It was a surprisingly big hit with most folks.

The second set of X-rays showed that it had moved around enough that surgery was needed.  Yay.  Going in, they found it was broken in two places, so the original plan of a plate wouldn’t work.  Instead I got three screws.

And a Darth Vader cast.  Which is appropriate, since now I’ve got three screws, seven pins, and wire as permanent fixtures in my body.  I’m rapidly approaching “more machine than man.”

So, finally out of that cast, I’m waddling down the road to recovery.

More art is happening now!  Finally!

Oh, and lastly:  I’ve had a lot of folks inquiring about the return of fanservice.  Card alterations, playmat sketches, pencil drawings, etc.  I plan on resuming all that November 1st.  I just need a little time to get caught up on things.

Oh, actually really lastly:  I’ll be at the Legend of the Five Rings European Championships in Barcelona in a couple weeks, and then Speil in Essen, Germany.  So if you happen to be going to either of those, come see me and say hi!

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akgreene 10/04/2012

Awesome! Really glad to see you free of the cast and getting back to work. I look forward to seeing some of your new stuff in the future. Even though I received an awesome, Broken Hand Edition-stamped Chandra Ablaze as a gift. :D She now holds the place of honor in my burn deck (sleeved, of course).

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