Sunday, July 13, 2014

I'm drawing everything with my left hand from now on

Dummy and Ugly.
Kind of like Goofus and Gallant. 
But I can't decide who does things right.
 I've decided Ugly is Goofus. Dummy is slow but he does right.
Inked with a Pilot rolling ball pen. With my right hand.


Tom Moon said...

It kind of reminds me of Etch-A-Sketch drawing!

Surly Bird said...

Hey, that's awesome! For me, it's like the left hand is pure, unfettered creativity. The more I try to impose rigidity into the drawing, the more my left defies me. It demands to be loose and experimental.

I'm beginning to think a workflow of blocking-in with the left and finishing with the right might be the best of both worlds.

MrGoodson2 said...

It felt like I was using an etch a sketch. Like Ronnie says, it's the little things like hatching that just are hopeless to try.
This might be a great gag cartoon style for me.

Surly Bird said...

Even after a few days of exclusive left-hand practice, the control really wasn't there. It took a solid week of practice with my left before I had anything even resembling control. After about two weeks, picking up a pencil with my left feels almost intuitive and I don't have to concentrate super-hard to get legible writing and some manner of control when drawing.

If this is something that interests you, Ellis, the best way I found to improve is total immersion, - which is frustrating and kind of impractical. But it's also really interesting and a lot of fun. I felt like a kid trying to learn how to do basic things when using my left. As weird as it's been, I do think it's been a good experience, overall.

Rickart said...

This is an excellent experiment. I look forward to more reports!

MrGoodson2 said...

Starting my 4 day weekend after work today. I'll draw something else with my left hand for a Tuesday sketch.

MrGoodson2 said...

I'll try a gag cartoon.

Davis Chino said...

These are hilarious--lefty seems to dredge up a stronger emotional reaxn. Yr Hulk looks more demonic and dire, yr Ugly and Dummy more comical.

All this lefty biz is funny 'cuz I JUST started playing tennis with my left hand. I did OK if the standard is terrible (my arm's still a little reluctant to reach full capacity since the surgery. Better to let it heal slowly).

Since I haven't been commenting for so long, it would feel rude to post something. I'll wait a bit.

Glad to see you guys are doing well!

MrGoodson2 said...

Thanks Marty. It's a weird feeling to draw with the stupid hand. I forgot you are healing an injury of your drawing hand. Still so weakened you're resorting to tennis with the left. Hope that gets better soon.
Post whenever you get the notion.
Jim hopefully gives us some sign of life as well before too much longer

Beata said...

3 things:

1. I'm in love with these lefty sketches!
(Nice touch, Ellis, giving Dummy a monacle.)

2. I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting for Marty's lefties. :)
We should all engage in this exercise, even if just with writing. After all, it's best to be ready if you ever lose your dominant hand. More importantly, Ronnie is really on to something with the creativity-intuition-brainflow business ... who wouldn't want to function better, be more "balanced", perhaps even stave off dementia?

3. Jim is due for "reconnection" tomorrow (THU).

4. Anyone know of a good, small (but public) exhibit space in San Diego?

OK, that's actually more than 3 things. This should make up for it:

MrGoodson2 said...

Curious about what you'll be displaying. Of course.
Thanks for the Jim update.
The monocle was the best touch.

MrGoodson2 said...

Just watched the Youtube clip. I needed some wacky today.
Got enough bummers in orbit around me.

MrGoodson2 said...

Got a letter via Otis and LinkedIn to this youtube. I instantly thought, Back at Beata with some funny.
Also thought of you when I saw the background for Tommy Ramone. RIP. Came over from Hungary during the same upheaval that brought you.

Beata said...

Ellis, that Weird Al clip made my day! Thanks!

I had no idea about Tommy Ramone's background until I read his bio after his death. I may do a tribute to him at this year's Masked Ball at Comic Fest. Interestingly, the convention had already been planning to do something with the Weird Tales of the Ramones anyway.

The exhibit I have in mind is for the opera sketch works of Marty, Eric, Buncake, et al.
To drum up some excitement about Comic Fest's Artist Alley.

MrGoodson2 said...

Sounds like the ComicFest is really shaping up. All except the Buncake part.