One of the more difficult things that I've ever had to deal with is Hyperhidrosis, a condition that has affected me since I was 5 years old. Basically, Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating, usually associated with the hands, feet, face and armpits. My man problem has been with my hands, an essential area for any artist. Years ago I didn't know what to do about it or how to treat it. My parents had no idea either and just hoped that I'd "grow out of it." Well, that didn't happen, nor will that ever happen.
It has always affected how I draw. As a child, I used to fold up paper and place it underneath my hand as I drew. If I didn't do that, I'd soak the entire sheet of paper with sweat. Drawing was not the only problem, general contact with people was also difficult. I didn't like shaking hands with people because I just didn't want to face the look of surprise on their faces when they realized they were shaking a wet hand.
I was never comfortable drawing cartoons with my conditition and once even considered giving up. As an adult, I began to research the topic and discovered that there were treatment options for hyperhidrosis. After years of extensive trial and error, I finally found a solution. Though it was difficult at first, I can finally draw my cartoons with confidence.