Right Hand Left Hand

Stage One

Drawing with my Dominant Hand (right).


3 and 4 January, 2019
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Challenges: The proportion of objects is difficult to get right without some kind of initial measuring marks or sketch (the whisk is not in correct proportion). I also had the problem of objects ‘growing’ closer to the edge of the page than planned (the ladle/spoon was larger than planned).

While shading gave the object its 3D form for the nut cracker, there were no ‘lines’ on the spoon and it was difficult to render the shape of the bowl of the spoon.

Stage Two

Drawing with my non-Dominant Hand (left).


3 and 4 January, 2019
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This exercise was mind-opening! In a way the drawings with my non-dominant hand are better: I am looking more closely at the object and the proportions are more correct. Some of this effect may be because it is the second drawing of the object. Either way, I was delighted with the results. There is a kind of freedom using the left hand; the results are really useable, I’m concentrating and thus observing well, but the weight of perfectionism is lifted. I can see myself using this technique in the future.

Challenges: If objects ‘growing’ was a problem with my right hand, it was a real challenge with my left hand. At first, this exercise felt very awkward; I couldn’t draw a straight line! With persistence, it gradually feels less un-natural and I settled into it.

Stage Three

Drawings repeated, using a different media (charcoal pencils, black and white)


19 and 21 January, 2019
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21 January, 2019
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Stage Four

Drawing on larger scale with unconventional media.

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