When I showed a colleague yesterday the difference between my right and left hand penmanship and added that my left hand can write Korean but not Chinese (very well), he suggested that I try drawing with my left hand. I had never considered such an exercise but I decided to give it a try. Waltz on over here to see how my right hand draws.
This piece is a combination of right (black, purple, and teal inks) and left hand (blue ink).
I call it Jackyll.
This piece is all left hand. I call it Why I Aorta.
This piece is another combination of right (brown and some purple) and left (blue, red, and some purple). I don’t remember what I named it.
In the first and third drawings, I laid out a “foundation” with the right hand. The left was supposed to follow along but it rebelled, wanting to swirl and slink instead of glide and curve to the right hand’s tune. When I was drawing with just the left hand, after “staging” the structure, more disobedience ensued. My left doesn’t like to follow the rules apparently. It prefers to act here-and-now to whatever comes to muscle. Interestingly, I was able to see shapes within shapes more easily.
Here is a comparison of my right and left handwriting: