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Journal Entry: Thu Nov 29, 2012, 4:36 PM






(scroll to the bottom of the journal for the UPDATE )

I'm right handed, but I surprised myself when I did the mural and found out that it was easier for me to paint with my left hand, so I switched between my left and right hand when working on it.

Based on that experience, I figured I'd try to teach my left hand to draw with just as much precision as my right hand does.
And it's really fun, because first of all, I can't hold the pencil the same way with my left hand as I do with my right hand; when drawing with my right hand, I hold the pencil in a really weird way - yes, I'm aware of it. I know some of you noticed it in my traditional livestream sessions, that I curl my fingers really strangely around the pencil.. But now, using my left hand, I have to hold it the 'pretty' way that you learn at school.
My drawings with my left hand started out really really crap, but already after a few minutes I'm seeing some progress...! :la:

But the really funny thing is how I can't really keep my right hand away. It's not interfering, but I can tell it really wants to.

Left hand: " :B  Drawing is fun! Hurr durr!" *draws really crappy stuff.
Right hand: " :noes: Noooo, you're doing it wrong! Left hand, what are u doing?? Left hand, STAHP!!"
:XD:

lol it's totally like that. My right hand is just aching to interfere and correct all the mistakes and shaky lines that my left hand makes. Lawl.

But it would just be so frickin' cool if I could learn to draw properly with my left hand too. Or both hands simultaneously  for that matter! 8D

aw well.. it's late at night. I'll practice leftie drawings some more and then I'll go to sleep.. :p




---------EDIT / UPDATE ----------

here's a link to my second attempt on drawing with my left hand. The first attempt was just random doodling to get the feel of it, so this is my first drawing with my left hand. :)
Obviously, it's full of flaws, but I'm pretty happy with it nevertheless.. :meow:

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:iconcocki1:
cocki1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Im a leftie :3 And people say that its the reason to my crappy hand writing.....hmmm who knows? but your very lucky to be abble to do that :)
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EfraellKhmara Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wauwyour left hand drawing is soo good! (jealousy) :D I am a natural righty as well, but I am now learning myself to only use my left hand for everything (writing, drawing, painting), because I overexerted my right wrist (too much painting xD). I go to an art acadamy so I didn't really have a choice and I thought it was really frustrating at first, but now a few weeks later it is already going a lot better and it is kind of a fun challenge :D (I'm still really slow though xD)
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Orz

Bow to the master...
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Hyperchaotix Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've wondered this myself. I'm right handed, but people have said that I have a lot of quirks that left handed people do (like the way I write my "o"s, the way I fold my arms, or something like that). I have yet to draw anything good with my left hand, but then again I have yet to try to draw anything good. Usually just a "Can I draw this?" doodle to try and (fail to) prove to myself I'm meant to be ambidextrous. However, I'm not a natural artist and I've spent a long time learning with my right... so I'm wondering if I just need to learn again with my left. It would make drawing a lot easier though since my drawing pattern is very odd and a little bit backwards.
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Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I'm a leftie and I'm absolutely hopeless with my right hand. xD
Lefties ftw! ^.^
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mapper3 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoah, the left hand samples are better than my right handed drawings!
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smilxo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I don't know if I'm wrong, but some people think that drawing with left hand is better, because there's a more direct contact with the right part pf your brain, the one that you use when you draw. For a while I tried to write with the left hand... then I stopped, but I'll try again, maybe.
Maybe once you'll find yourself doing better draws with your left hand.
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DaiDreemer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Same here!
I found out the same thing about a year ago. I had hurt my right wrist and exams were coming up. So I tried writing writing with my left hand, and after a couple of days it was a lot better, two weeks later it was the same as when I write with right. So I started drawing with left as well, it's so much fun and you should really try drawing with two hands at the same time, with me it's like a collab between two different styles XD

And a tip, I don't know if it's much good for you but it was for me. When you draw with your right hand and tap on the table with your left hand it will probably not cause you any trouble to keep drawing. But when you draw with your left hand and tap with your right it's suddenly a lot harder to get the lines straight, good practice, at least for me. Anyway have fun :P
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Rikoei Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
geez your super good with your left hand mine wont do anything like that D:

maybe i should start drawing humans on my left hand xD
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FurryGuts Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm left handed and that's better than what I can do |D

But that's totally awesome that you're trying to draw with your non-dominant hand :D
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GrapeSodaGirl Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, how do you draw better with your non-dominant hand than I do with my dominant one? :iconworshipplz:
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RekalaRain Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh nice! :D I started teaching myself to be ambidextrous and write and draw with both hands about a year ago. I recently got to a level where my writing is equally good with both hands so you can't tell the difference. Now I just need to improve my drawing skills a little more x) There are a bunch of neat exercises you can do as well to improve your steadiness and precision. It really is fun! The key is to relax your hand and not cramp up. You'll find drawing and writing so much easier if you stay relaxed.
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richardtorres21 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
...OH COME OOOHHHNNNN DX i submit, OTL. how the hell? dude seriously? how the hell?!?
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RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm. Ishould teach my right hand how to draw. I'm VERY left-handed.
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Sylvano-DRAGON Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ok now I'm HEAVILY jealous *pout*
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TheBlondeReaper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh wow that drawing is really good for being your opposite hand. It looks better than when I draw with my right hand XD You're a great artist!!
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xKuroRavenx Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
I'm a righty.
I wish I could control my left hand!
(it won't listen to me....)
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:icontek427:
TEK427 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to be able to draw like you can with your left hand. XD
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epitomeoflife Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow thats amazing :D
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Pwidleh Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is amazing with a leftie!! : D My drawings with my left hand looks like I am 1 year old again xD Hehe!
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indestructibleangel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well shit oomi.. you can draw better then i can with my right with your left
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Panda-Pong Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
A friend of a friend of mine writes with her right hand, but uses her left hand when she is drawing. Though she can't draw with her right hand or write with the left one.
I always thought this is kinda cool and weird at the same time. :XD:
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J-Harper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's really impressive.
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ChuuStar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I can kinda draw with both hands aswell. :3 If I write or draw on a more vertical/up standing surface I tend to mostly use my right hand instead of my leftie~ I mostly don't even notice. xD
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prankstr Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I cant write or draw with my right hand whatsoever on paper, Im lefthanded. However I've always been forced to use the computer mouse with my right hand, so when i got my first computer it felt natural to keep it in my right hand. Ive tried to switch it, especially cus one of the online games i play lets me designs clothing on templates... and since i dont have a tablet i use gimp to draw the textures on... with my right hand :P It drove me mental in the start cus i have way less control of my right hand, but now i cant even imagine using my left hand. all designs and drawings i make on the computer is right-hand products :P
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Eiikare Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ambidexterity is/can be extremely useful when drawing so your wrist won't ever touch your drawing. Draw one side with either hand! Also, teaching that hand to function like your dominant hand improves memory and brain function as you're forcing your brain to have to think about what it's doing! So, good job! Also, eating and doing normal chores you'd generally do with your dominant hand, do them with your non-dominant hand! It should help improve strength and dexterity a little quicker!
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heathenhedonist Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I've never had the opportunity to see you livestream when you're drawing by hand, but if you hold a writing instrument with your wrist over the pen or pencil (best way I can describe it) then that shows that your brain hemispheres are actually organized like a lefty. That would explain why you can work with your left hand fairly well and why you would hold a writing instrument "normally" with your left hand.

Fascinating stuff you learn in psychology. :)
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:iconfang-chan13:
Fang-Chan13 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned/am learning to do that since my right hand hurts so much. ^u^
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Sarafan206 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Trying to become ambidextrous, eh? That's cool. I'm crap at doing anything with my right hand :XD: It's almost painful just to watch me try. But I have an ambidextrous friend, and she loves to frustrate me with drawing two things at once -_-; Have fun with it!
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Sekrain Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
XD continue trying Oomi!!!
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Bloodewulf Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
XD nice. Im left handed ;P
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RushGalaxy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ambidextrous-ness!
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weaslrocks Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Kinda funny, because I can totally paint with my left hand... but when it comes to drawing, it's pretty useless!
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Fyrepyromaniac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I should practice being ambidextrous, too. It's really good for your brain and just in case something happens to your dominant hand. And as someone who also has 'poor pencil technique' and holds it in a weirdy way, I hold it the 'normal' way in my left hand, too. Huh!
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trial-of-six Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icondarthvaderplz: :iconsaysplz: "welcome to the leftie side"
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Ralij Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drawing with both at the same time would be awesome!
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JuliSketch Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   General Artist
Neat!
So I'm not the only crazy person who's doing this lately!
XD

But in my case, I "forced" myself to write with my left arm, since I had broken my right :roll:
I can only write with my left, so far
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DivingSkys Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm doing the same thing right now, and it's a challenge.
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ClassicSonicFan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute! I wish I was that talented, but whenever I try to do that My Left hand is all like

:Hur hur hur! Dwain Pun!!!"

And my Right hand is all like,

":iconfuuuplz:"
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lovewolfgirl56 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
im mixed handed i only can do some stuff with my left hand. but i cant write or draw at all with my left hand lol. im so weird lol
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Hawkpelt2 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
i have the same experience, only my left hand is the one that wants to interfere with my right hand's drawings XD hahahaha
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:icontek427:
TEK427 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a rightie, but strangely I seem to type faster with my left hand.
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Nikuwicca Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm slightly ambidextrous, i'm left handed. But i use both my hands with different things.....paint with both....
I play right handed guitar...and i box right handed xD
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Joshguye Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You could be ambidextrous (right and left) because I was originally lefty then it was easy for me with both hands.
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RiseOfResolution Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
kool, I'm a leftie when it comes to drawing and writing but with anything involving hand eye coordination i use my right hand. Things that are so simple, like what hand you use, can actually be pretty complicated and intriguing can't they?
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baroquestarlet Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I'm a righty, but I like painting with my left hand sometimes as well. :3
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XxXXzZ Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I spent a long time trying to draw with both hands, and I've reached a point where I can work on a drawing with both hands at once. My left takes care of the more general, less detailed stuff, while my right hand does details. It saves time.
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Novae999 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Writer
My left hand is faster than my right, but my right is stronger. Apparently, this is a common phenomenon.
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TheHayzlenut Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thats so cool, now I wanna teach my left hand to draw 0w0
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Starkidisthebomb Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
No! do not go to sleep! Us ambidextrous must stick together! ALWAYS
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