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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

AArrgghh - I'm officially left handed again!

Here is the backstory: I discovered I was fully ambidextrous by mistake about 7 years ago when I, as a joke, tried to write and draw simultaneously on a board. I nearly fell over when I did it easily and almost faultlessly. Giving the ability some thought, I realized that I am actually left handed but was 'forced' to write with my right in primary school. This made me highly proficient in using my right hand, and from research I did off of the net I understand that the hand you use doesn't matter but how your brain is processing things does. Fine, whoopee but I decided to develop my left hand skills nevertheless because it felt more natural and visual space problems I was struggling with just disappeared when working with my left. I figured that this must be because of the left/right confusion I must have experienced as a child and probably still have to a point. In early days of digital work this was easily seen by me flipping the piece horizontally, I discovered that I was flipping the design in my head and that I could correct it by manually flipping it back over. Weird right. Anyway, working with my left hand was correcting a number of issues; but over the last while I went back to  using my right hand in work because of speed and a lifetime of development made right hand work more proficient. At first It was okay but I have become increasingly more agitated because when I use my right hand space becomes flatter and not as easily to manipulate on the 2d surface. Previously I thought, hey I can use both why not use both then. Now I have come to the point where I realize I have to choose and of course it is going to be my left hand. Some time spent drawing and I've regained my skills on the left and my speed is great again. As for space, things are becoming clearer again. Wow, feeling better. :)

Below is a quick thumb sketch with my right hand. I redrew the same idea out of my head with no reference, like the right handed thumb, with my left hand. Then I redrew the left thumb again with my left for a more dynamic composition. They're just roughs but the difference in processing the ideas from my head onto paper were light years apart.

Above: right handed


Above: left handed


Above: left handed - redrawn