Where Words and Pictures Party

Turning Left

Added on by Timothy O'Briant.

I've sat in bed many a sleepless night thinking about my creative career. Evaluating past projects and decisions and trying to determine the right moves to make next. With art or storytelling it's easy enough to review and determine strong points and what needs some more work, but when my drawing arm started to ache I was at a loss for what to do. How to fix an injuried arm and continue to draw comics at the same time? It was a problem I couldn't think my way out of.


I've tried all kinds of exercises and remedies, but in the end, it's clear that my arm won't get better without a prolonged period of rest. Unfortunatly I don't know what to do with myself if I can't draw. That's when it hit me. I have a back up. I have a left hand.

Drawing with my left hand certainly has it's problems. It's painfully slow and awkward. There is a disconnect between the marks I want to make and what my left hand is capable of making. I feel extremely limited. My left hand just doesn't have the muscle memory to draw sweeping curves, or quick presice hatch marks. What I've lost in finess I've gotten back in hope. The work is crude but it's on the paper where I can review and refine it, a problem I can solve once again.