Once again, this page was inspired by Lynda Barry‘s work. I have endless gratitude to her for showing me an approach to drawing that has less to do with skill, and more to do with the relationship between the eye, the brain and what she calls the ‘original digital devices’, the hands.

This is a fascinating study that asked artists and non-artists to draw with the same picture with both hands – their non-dominant hand, and the one they used everyday. The results are unexpected!

I tried it myself just now on a sheet of paper, and it’s kind of mind-blowing. I think the line quality (even though shaky) and proportion I achieve with my left, non-dominant hand is… wow. Also, I don’t have that moment’s hesitation right before I start drawing with my normal hand. I’m going to try this more, and might post the results later on.