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I'm new to this forum and apologies if I posted in the wrong section :s
I just read the book Drawing with the right side of the brain by Betty Edwards, I realized everyone in my surrounding who are left handed (I'm right-handed) usually draw better... I even made this blog to see if switching to left hand actually change anything. So far I do find it easier to draw in the correct perspective with my left hand, it's like if I subcontiously know the perspective grid.
TL;DR: Do you think becoming left-handed automatically improve your level ?
Last edited by left_hand_sketching; February 6th, 2013 at 02:22 AM.
The book's "neuroscience" is bunk. It is based on a single 1960s experiment which had been proved flawed.
If you are right-handed, using your left hand to draw is not likely not help you much. If you are ambidextrous (this is rare, but it does happen) it might, but don't count on it.
It is likely that any improvement that you are seeing is due to breaking out of preconditioned motion patterns, or stereotypes. Learn to free yourself from them with whichever hand you are most dextrous with.
In my animation class, there are considerably more lefties than there was in my average high school class, but the righties still outnumber us by five times and they are most certainly not terrible artists, nor are we lefties in any way superior to them.
I use both hands at once. Special double handle katana brushes.
Jesus all mighty now there are people asking which hand is better to draw with. The secret to drawing and painting is to ask idiotic questions on forums all day, only then will you get better. Also for the record you will only get better at art if you shove a compressed charcoal stick up your ass.
Breathe, man. Step away from the internet for a kitten break. All that stupid people rage can't be good for you.Jesus all mighty now there are people asking which hand is better to draw with. The secret to drawing and painting is to ask idiotic questions on forums all day, only then will you get better. Also for the record you will only get better at art if you shove a compressed charcoal stick up your ass.
Best wth question of the effin' year!
My SketchBook http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=139784
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=192127"Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."-John Huston, Director
Draw the straightest line you can from left to right. Then draw the straightest line you can from right to left. See which one comes out straightest.
My money is on pulling a line from left to right as opposed to pushing a line from right to left. Unless you are a lefty.
I will give lefties a slight edge when it comes to natural dexterity. Switching hands will only hurt your dexterity though. completely defeats the purpose.
As a leftie I'd say the only slight edge we get to natural dexterity is a bit of ambidexterity due to almost everything in life being made for righties. We're the oppressed minority.
You don’t become left-handed, you are born left-handed by a gene allele that predisposed you to left-handedness and any other influence associated with that allele.
In a twisted way you could say that if you lost any one of your hands you would certainly draw the best with the ‘left’ hand.
Last edited by bill618; February 5th, 2013 at 09:14 PM.
Why do lefties have the edge with dexterity?
Were you responding to my question? If so this doesn't answer it. I'm just curious about this lefty superiority notion.
To clarify things up, I'm a industrial design student and I can draw fine with my right hand. So it's by pure curiosity that I try to draw with my left hand. I mean even when my left hand sketches are shaky, they almost intuitively (without relying on grid) have the right proportion. I just found it strange...
also, photoshop shortcut are not really left-hand friendly
Show proof, or it didn't happen.To clarify things up, I'm a industrial design student and I can draw fine with my right hand. So it's by pure curiosity that I try to draw with my left hand. I mean even when my left hand sketches are shaky, they almost intuitively (without relying on grid) have the right proportion. I just found it strange...
What's probably happening is when you draw with your left hand, you draw more slowly and pay more attention to the marks you're making because it's a conscious effort not to make it look like a blob of scribbles. Your left hand doesn't have some magical knowledge about perspective that your right hand doesn't.
here. I needed less perspective guide to draw the same object. both are based off a reference picture.
also, it's just a fun experience. when are people getting upset. I'm just trying to know if we can use the left hand to improve my drawing skill overall. maybe it's easier to learn to shade with the left hand.
And the left-hand result is, consequently, less precise. I have no idea why you think it is better than the right-hand version. It isn't - it has more mistakes, less correct line convergence, etc. The only way it is "better" than the other one is that the line is looser and might seem more "creative", "suggestive" instead of precise, what have you. It isn't necessarily a real improvement - that's entirely subjective.See here. I needed less perspective guide to draw the same object. both are based off a reference picture.
Besides, your "experiment" is very much flawed because you used different technique on the two. In the case of the right hand, you have used construction lines and were modeling the form more technically, in the case of the left hand, you eyeballed it and were modeling the form more loosely. So it shows precisely nothing about the differences between your hands. Try to doodle the same loose way with your right hand (or make a tighter plot with the left one). I suspect the result would be similar, and all you'll find is going to be that you are ambidextrous. Which is fun to know but not very useful other than as insurance against the loss of your right hand (FSM forbid).
So yeah, you have the perspective sort of internalized; it does not depend on which hand you use; you can doodle an object from reference with your off hand, and the result is as expected. No earth-smashing discoveries here.
god all mighty.