The life room was crowded, so I decided it would be more convenient to draw left handed rather than across my body. I've drawn left-handed for short poses, it's quite a common exercise, but never attempted a long drawing as far as I can remember.
I think one of the difficulties of drawing with the other hand is that all we change is our hands. Otherwise we stay in our habitual stance and shortly afterwards lose our balance. I find it helpful to find where my feet are, and switch the position around.
As I have written elsewhere Jimi Hendrix was an artist who was highly ambidextrous.
The same model in similar poses from the same viewpoint drawn one week apart. For the top one we were asked draw inspiration from the work of Egon Schiele. In the bottom there is barely any line at all. I used to work with the maxim that there are no lines in nature and tried to define everything by shadow alone, so this drawing is a reversion to that.
Both drawn at the Life Drawing sessions at the Oak And Pastor pub, Junction Road, London N19. Tutor Jonathan Ellis.
I covered the paper with charcoal then drew with an eraser and added chalk highlights. The same technique here.
This was done at the life drawing sessions on Monday nights at the Oak And Pastor, on Junction Road, London N19.