... I decided to take my pension. It was a hard decision. Who wants to leave their career?
I had well over 60,000 hours, so it was doable. I have also segued into teaching.
Here's what pertains to our industry and me personally:
For me, this was a stress and eye related move. Storyboard has become untenable. It's been mentioned for years. And I know that nothing will change.
With the advent of cintiqs, board artists are ruining their eyes, [staring endlessly at computer screens]. I have gotten letters from so many artists, a number of them from Pixar. They are having retinal detachments.
Wacom says the cintiqs were designed for four hours of work a day. Staring into an LED blue light is the light that damages the retina.
I called UCLA a while back and asked them if any studies had been done on the effect of cintiqs/LED light. I explained that artists stare close to the monitor for eight hours. The research/clinical trial person told me there would be no trial unless wacom paid for it.
We are canaries in the coal mine and I am hearing more about it. Artists will not speak up about it because they do not want to rock the boat.
-- Sharon Forward
We should point out that while wacom tablets are terrific, innovative devices, artists' faces peer down at them from inches away. It's like sitting a foot from your wall-mounted flat-screen tv eight or more hours per day.
So besides damaged, misaligned backs and blown wrists from repetitive-stress injuries, artists need to watch out for eye damage:
... A 2015 report from The Vision Council, "Hindsight Is 20/20/20: Protect Your Eyes from Digital Devices", found that 61 percent of Americans have experienced eye strain after prolonged use of electronic devices — nearly 2 out of every 3 people. Long-term damage or not, we have an outbreak of eye strain. ...
One difficulty for artists in the business is, there's not a lot of long-term research about eye damage from sustained viewing of computer screens. even so, it's good to take precautions. Industry veterans have told us:
1) Wear yellow-lensed glasses while working to reduce blue light;
2) Take rest breaks; walk around and stretch your back;
3) Don't put your nose too close to the cintiq.
Paper storyboards are over. Artists must do what they can to proect their eyes and physical well-being.