On the other hand

A helping hand

Those who know my courses are not surprised when I have participants practice a few exercises using their other hand. That is, the non-dominant hand. This fairly well- established idea puts you outside of your comfort zone and can yield some great results, by slowing down the drawing process and increasing concentration. The focus becomes observation over dexterity –  and so much of drawing is about observation. I wrote about this previously, in my blog article ”on the other hand”.

Fair’s fair of course, so I often do a short demonstration. Perhaps it’s lack of facility that’s quietly freeing – it’s not me really drawing after all is it? I can relax, enjoy the path of the line unraveling, generally following someone’s bidding, surprising with interesting and random side paths. Here are a few of my recent other-handed studies! Try it!