Drawing On The Right Side Of The Body
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Drawing on the right side of the brain (sometimes called the “left side” or “right side,” depending on which side you’re referring to) is the seat of our intuitive wisdom and our “logical” side. On the logical side of our brain, rational and dispassionate thoughts move us through our day with relative ease. Our feelings, emotions, and mental images are held in our left brain. Drawing on the right side of our brain allows those same rational and dispassionate thoughts to take us where we want to go – effortlessly. Drawing on the right side allows us to feel more emotionally connected with what we are doing, drawing from a richer and more vivid storehouse of emotional images and experiences.
Drawing on the right side of your brain is also associated with drawing on the creative side. Many artists draw on the right side because it gives them a rich palette from which to work. Painting, sculpting, and writing require using many different colors, hues, textures, and layers of paint and expression. Our minds can get really bogged down and overwhelmed with the complexity of putting together a coherent idea or creating a meaningful visual image. Art therapy students report that seeing their favorite artworks become more vivid and pronounced when they are drawing on the right side of their brain. Some have even reported having “auras” or “migraines” or other types of visual illusions while they are painting or doing other artsy things.
Those who practice yoga say that seeing the world as images enables us to express more fully and intuitively than we could on any other level. In some cases, visualization is used to bring about more positive change in an individual or in the world at large. For example, some people say that sitting in a very specific position can create a feeling of calmness and serenity. Likewise, seeing an image of a car driving across the skyline can create a different kind of emotional response than seeing an image of a car driving down the street.
Some psychotherapists and spiritual leaders say that people have an inner compulsion to draw. If you look at someone drawing, you may start to involuntarily mimic their style or approach. Just like hearing a song you really enjoy, you have to do the same. This explains why people tend to have the urge to draw for their entire lives. They spend their whole lives trying to perfect their art, and drawing becomes an outlet for this desire.
When you are drawing right-handed, the most important thing is to be in harmony with your left hand and the objects you are drawing. Your dominant hand should not be used to write or draw; it should be non-dominant. Make sure that both hands are in a synchronous state of movement throughout the activity. If one hand is moving in a different direction than the other, try to draw the object in the opposite direction. Draw the object just as it appears to stand still; imagine how the object would actually look like when you finished. Remember that if you are holding a pen or pencil, your drawing hand must move back and forth between its starting position and its finishing position.
Drawing on the right side of the body can also be applied to other areas of art. It can apply to drawing people. If you are making up a face for a child’s drawing, make sure that the face is drawn on the right side of the body. For example, if the child is drawing a dog, he will want to have his left hand is in front of his nose, while his right hand is on the bottom of his chin. Draw the face like he is looking right at you, and not at the wall.
If you are drawing people, the drawing of their hands will follow the same principle as that on the right side of the body. Your dominant hand should not be used to sign or write; it should be non-dominant. In addition, your non-preferred hand should be over the pencil or pencils and not underneath them. Draw your hands so that each of them forms a straight line from your elbow to your fingertips. Also, make sure that your chin is up and your eyes are on the drawing as you are tracing the outline of the people’s face.