I draw with my right hand, and usually work from left to right when using coloured pencils. This method is probably as much to do with a physical reaction as with a visual response. It’s easier for me to move my right arm to the left and draw because I can see ‘where I’ve been’.
But there’s another reason and that’s to do with keeping one’s work clean. Smudging never looks nice on one’s work unless it is deliberate. Even when applied carefully, smudged areas can make a drawing look untidy.
When I have sufficient detail on my pastel board I find that by placing a clean sheet of paper under my right arm, I avoid smudging my work. I use cartridge paper because its ‘tooth’ grips the pastel board and it won’t easily move.
I don’t always work this way. Sometimes I turn the pastel board around and usually end up working from al four sides.
I never work on a flat surface because it’s not good for my back and it’s very easy to smudge one’s work because you’re leaning over it all the time. I use a drafting table as it allows me to face my drawing.
As you can see, my latest drawing has grown since it first appeared last Friday and it’s obvious which side I’ve concentrated on.
How do left-handed artists work? I’d like to know what strategies they employ.