MY FRIEND Danny Gregory recently got into trouble for being too right-sided in his
‘thus we see the limitations of right-brain-focused thinking, emotionalism, hysteria,
and rage (of which the American Left is almost entirely guilty of).’
The drawings which caused such offence are a pen and ink echo of Francis Bacon’s
‘screaming popes’. The incensed writer consigned his or her copy of Creative License*
(Danny’s guide to discovering and increasing your creativity) to “a small ritual
backyard conflagration on my hibachi”!
In Mind Maps for Kids, Tony Buzan advocates joined-up thinking. He feels it’s so
important to get both sides of the brain communicating with each other that he suggests
that you learn to juggle, and gives simple instructions to get you started.
I must try it, but meanwhile, even though my right shoulder is 95% mobile compared
with my left these days, I decided to test out my left-handed drawing skills again.
As you can see, it’s only marginally more shaky than my right. I find I can handle
my Parker Reflex fountain pen, the one that I like to write with, more successfully
than the rollerball that I’ve used on previous occasions. The rollerball’s innate
tendency to roll about emphasises unintentional hand movements (which can be a good
thing). The fountain pen nib feels as if it’s in more intimate contact with the grain
of the paper, but it still flows freely.
Drawn with the right hand
Drawn with the left hand
* Danny’s latest book Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks
Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers, including extracts from 50 visual journals
and interviews with the artists, will soon be hitting the shelves . . . and possibly
the odd barbecue, given his lively style . . . near you.