Exercise 1.1

Right hand / Left hand

Right handed drawing of these simple kitchen utensils was simple but not easy. My brain knew what my eyes were seeing by my hands weren’t so keen to illustrate exactly what was in front of me. While the shapes are distinguishable, the proportions really bug me.  Hopefully in future exercises, I can either find greater accuracy or learn to accept the imperfections. An interesting metaphor for life. 

The left handed attempt was far more challenging. While the shapes are just as distinguishable as when my dominant hand drew them, the lines are far less steady. Interestingly, I’m far less critical of the results. 

In drawing these same items with new media – brush tip felt pen – I afforded myself greater leeway with regard to the level of perfection I achieved. There was more room in my thinking for the pen to bend and move however the angle and pressure from my hand led it to. I was again far less critical of the original drawing. 

With this portion of the exercise, I was tasked with using unconventional tools/media. I opted to return to the India Ink but this time, chose to use a toothpick as my drawing tool. The results were very fine lines and the experience was very positive and rewarding. I did use a timer to limit the time invested in this work. Within the 30 minute limit, slow, thin lines were created and I feel that the lack of haste that sometimes presents itself in my work led to very satisfying results. It would have been worthwhile to repeat this part of the exercise and to explore allowing the drawing to leave the boundaries of the page. 

This exercise really engaged my brain in ways that the warm up exercises didn’t. Using my dominant and non-dominant hands in the drawing process had me think about mark making, hand placement, and media selection in new ways. As previously noted, I am apprehensive when the possibility of the marks leaving the boundaries of the page presents itself. I will endeavour to work through this and find inspiration in moving outside of this limited thinking.