30 June 2012

Drawing Challenge: Non Dominant Hand

It was a lot harder than I had expected the urge to hand over the pens to the dominant hand was great. But I persevered with each wobbly line and shape until I had drawn each dish that sat in front of me. Towards the end I forgot about the dominant hand and accepted the faults.

Thanks to Norma for a very interesting challenge and who I admire for her very skilled attempt at this exercise. If you wish to see Norma's drawing and some other attempts you can pop over to her blog and follow the links.

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Patrice A. said...

oh yes, that struggle
not taking over
with the dominant hand!
I think you did a great job
you liked it
like I did

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Helen these shapes look like a still life of ethnic (maybe African) objects. The lines are strong and direct and speak to my heart. I love this drawing. It could be the front of a greeting card, or silkscreened onto a tote bag. This is lovely, lovely, lovely! *smiles* Norma

Carole said...

Helen, I think you need to let your non-dominant out to play more! Your wobbly lines make these bowls feel like they are moving and having fun. Happy weekend to you!

objectsofwhimsy said...

thanks for the kind comments I was quite surprised with the results they do feel like they are quirky cousins of my dominant hand drawings.

I will try it again too.

Helen x

susan christensen said...

Hi, Helen - I love the clean, graphic clarity of these little bowls. I, too, fought the pull of my dominant hand, as it begged, wheedled and cajoled to be the one in charge of the pen. -sus

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

meaning, you are left handed then? it is akward to see you draw with your right hand not being the dominant one, but of course, just like how it feels, when i draw left handedly.
i think because i let slide my hand freely, i didn't experience the urge to have my other hand take over, which is an interesting exercise in itself.
i mean! you've done good!

objectsofwhimsy said...

yes Im lefthanded or kakky handed. I can do most things with both even use mouse/tablet equally for artworks I create on the computer. It is just the writing and drawing that show my true lefthandedness. So Im looking at the posts with pics showing everyone using their left hands thinking lucky ducks they get to use their left hand. HeeHee!

renilde said...

dear Helen, you set yourself an even more difficult goal by drawing real dishes, brave of you :)and i like what i see!

thinking about 'accepting the faults', sometimes they even don't look so bad, in fact they can add something but the brain wanted something else and that makes us forget to really look at what's on the paper.(hope i explained what i meant?!)

joanne said...

Hi Helen!
Thank you for your lovely comments - I really love the detail and colour in your drawing.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

objectsofwhimsy said...

yes I do understand Renilde you are so right!

Hello Joanne
nice of you to drop by.

Helen x

Rachel said...

I am very impressed at your skill. Look at those tiny circles! That is control! Great colors for these sweet little bowls. A nice collection!
Thank you always for your encouraging comments on my blog, friend.
Have a great week!

Katharina said...

Your drawing looks lovely! :-) I´m lefthanded, too! :-))
greets, Kathi

objectsofwhimsy said...

Thankyou Rachel!

So Kathi lefthanded as well as loving purple we are very similar :)

Enjoy your week its non stop rain here in Melbourne

Kristen Donegan said...

Accepting the faults - yes that stands out to me as a really good thing to take away from this- and you know what you see as faults we see as spontaneous and expressive :)

Helenbeee said...

that is true Kristen its not a bad thing and can be a likeable element of ones work. Im definitely going to explore this exercise again as Im sure others will too.

Helen :)

jen storer said...

The drawings are so quirky and kind of innocent. I actually get my creative writing students to write a piece with their 'nondom' hand. It is great fun and the results are often odd and surprising. x

mano said...

wonderful drawings - your right hand made a very good job, dear helen!!

objectsofwhimsy said...

Mano hello!!!!
welcome back hope you are all rested from your holiday.

Hi Jen
that sounds interesting the fact that the effect of using the nondom hand can affect the story within the writing. We humans are strange creatures.