My drawing teacher encourages me to use my left hand, the one I gave up when Sr. Michael Augustine threatened to cut my ear off if I used it to write.
Our class tonight was to draw a teddy bear. We had learned outline drawing and shading and tonight was texture. Of course, the teddy bear has all three. We worked from both a color picture and a photocopy, so we could more easily see the shading and values.
I use my left hand to do the contour part, and the right to do repetitive strokes for fur. I’ve always said, “I’m not an illustrator,” and tonight I say, “I’ve found the right teacher!”
–Illustration by Quinn McDonald, who is astonished that she managed to get it pretty much right, left-handed and all. She’s also a creativity coach learning many lessons doing this. (c) 2008 All rights reserved.