This is the first in a series of daily art sparks! These daily sparks are quick creations, made in a sketchbook or on a wiley piece of scrap paper. Daily sparks are meant to get the creative juices flowing and get your hands moving.
For the very first daily spark, I thought it would be fun to do some non-dominant hand drawing, and boy was it!
I’m normally a righty, so I used my left hand to sketch some animals in my sketchbook this morning. I was pretty shocked at how tired my hand was only a few minutes after starting! I guess I really need to work those muscles more!
My go-to whenever I’m sketching is animals. Not only do they surround me in my home on the daily, they’re also my favorite thing on the planet, so they make for easy sketching inspiration.
I’ll have you know, I did NOT just pull these animals out of my head. I totally pulled up resource photos on Google before I started drawing. I know a lot of artists can imagine what they want to draw and it comes right out their hand. I’m not that kind of artist, and you don’t need to be either. Don’t be afraid to use whatever resources you need to help you along the way to becoming the best artist you can be. We live in the information world, and it’s all at your fingertips, so use it! No more struggling to come up with creative fodder.
I used just one tool for these drawings, a Prismacolor fine line marker. These babies come in a variety of sizes and I simply adore them for art making!
Now, these drawings were all done with my left hand, so they’re obviously not my best sketches, but I love them all the same. The bird and bunny especially are my faves. What I like even more than the individual sketches is how they all interact with each other on the page.
I’ll definitely be doing more non-dominant hand sketches in the future, it’s so fun and free!
Won’t you give it a shot?