Michelangelo, Einstein, Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, and Truman were all ambidextrous. In plastic art, making abstract lines and shapes with both hands at the same time is called tribology. By applying a few simple tips, you will easily learn how to draw this way.
Method 1 of 3: Write and draw
Step 1. Write or draw with both hands
Take a sheet of paper and draw butterflies, vases, symmetrical objects, letters, shapes and a whole lot more. Even if the result is awful, practice writing a few lines like this every day. In the illustration, the two-handed "mirrored hands" drawing technique is used by the artist.
Step 2. Write with your non-dominant hand
It is possible to write with your non-dominant hand, only with practice and determination. Even if you have some difficulty initially, just take a break and start over again. The problem should go away.
- Use a well-flowing pen to help you. Good quality paper can also make the experience more pleasant.
- Do not overtighten the pen. It may be tempting to grip the pen as firmly as possible, which will give your hands a pincer shape, but this will only prevent you from writing well and may even injure you. Watch how your fingers wrap around the pen and loosen them every now and then as you write.
Step 3. Practice writing with your non-dominant hand
Each day, write the alphabet in lowercase, uppercase, and cursive (if you know how) with your dominant hand. Initially your hand will shake and the letters will not be as crisp as the other hand, but with practice your writing will start to improve.
If you are left-handed, rotate the sheet 30 degrees counterclockwise while trying to write with your right hand. If you are right handed, rotate the sheet 30 degrees clockwise while trying to write with your left hand
Step 4. Write in front of the mirror
Write with your dominant hand facing the mirror to see what your writing should look like with the other hand. This gives you a visual indication of what to do and helps your brain do the same thing with your non-dominant hand.
Step 5. Do some hands-on exercises
- Use your non-dominant hand to practice writing "Take that whiskey to the old blonde smoking judge" or similar phrases. This example is perfect because it is a pangram, which means it contains all the letters of the alphabet.
- Take a short paragraph and practice writing it over and over again. Observe the differences from paragraph to paragraph and see which letters need improvement.
Step 6. Write in a zigzag pattern
To go even further, you can write from left to right (in the classic wording sense) with your right hand and from right to left with your left hand. When you switch to the left hand, you should write sentences on the back that will be correct when placed in front of a mirror. This is called boustrophedon. This method is effective since right-handed people are used to writing "thumb-to-pinky" and because they are probably more comfortable with their left hand writing backwards.
Step 7. Practice
Practice all of these techniques every day for a month or longer. Soon you will be writing smoothly with your non-dominant hand and making few mistakes.
Method 2 of 3: Build muscle
Step 1. Muscle your non-dominant hand
Lift weights with your non-dominant hand to strengthen your muscles. Start with light loads and then move on to heavier and heavier loads as you gain strength.
Method 3 of 3: Have other activities
Step 1. Perform your daily tasks with your non-dominant hand
Even if you only want to become ambidextrous in a specific activity, it is best to use your non-dominant hand for all of your daily tasks. The skill she will have acquired in other situations will make her faster and less frustrating. So use your non-dominant hand all the time, no matter what you do. If your goal is to be able to perform a task as efficiently as possible with both hands, there will be no point in having a more skilled dominant hand, hence the need to focus your attention on the skill of the other hand. Another reason you should stop using your dominant hand is that while you don't affect the skill of your non-dominant hand by using it, you need to reduce its skill to be more inclined to use your hand. non-dominant.
Step 2. Cook with your non-dominant hand
Beat eggs or cake batter with your weaker hand. Use a whisk, making movements similar to those you used to write the cursive letters.
Step 3. Perform simple tasks with your non-dominant hand
If you once used your dominant hand to brush your teeth, grab a spoon, tenderize meat with a mallet, or kick a balloon, now do it with your non-dominant hand. You do a hundred tasks every day and learning how to do them well with your other hand will help you become ambidextrous.
Step 4. Use your non-dominant hand to do motor tasks
Once you get used to simple tasks, use your non-dominant hand to do motor tasks like specular writing, playing pool, etc. It helps you develop your ability to transfer skill from one part of the body to the other. Thus, the next task performed with the non-dominant hand will be a little better mastered compared to your first attempts. Your ability to transfer mastery of an action from one side to the other also develops whenever you do a task with your non-dominant hand. You can skip the first 3 steps if you are in a hurry to become ambidextrous and don't have the courage to take it step by step.
Step 5. Continue to use only your non-dominant hand
Continue to use only your non-dominant hand for all complex tasks, but without risk. You will see that your hand, which was originally non-dominant, will overtake the dominant one. If you begin to use both hands, the dominant hand will become more efficient than the other and its dominance over the other will return to its original level. This is due to the shorter muscle memory in the non-dominant hand.
Step 6. Learn to juggle
Start with 3 or 4 balls. Juggling is a great way to train your weaker hand.
Step 7. Play an instrument that requires the use of both hands
Piano, flute, guitar, saxophone require the use of both hands. Learning to play it will strengthen your weaker hand and improve your dexterity in using both hands and both arms. On the piano, however, most of the work goes to the right hand, so you will only make it stronger.
- Write with your dominant hand for 15 minutes a day. Once you have practiced enough, try writing with both hands and see the results!
- If your non-dominant hand is weak and you want to use it for handling tools or for difficult tasks, exercise your hand and fingers with Chinese balls (the larger ones preferably) first. So even when you answer the phone, use the mouse, etc., you will still be able to spin the balls in your hand with no problem.
- Work in mirror. Do things clockwise and counterclockwise simultaneously.
- You can also play sports with your weaker hand if the exercise becomes too easy with your dominant hand.
- Another easy way to practice is to paint your nails.
- Squeeze a plastic bag filled with ice if muscle twitching occurs or your non-dominant hand starts to shake.
- Be patient, take it slow and have fun. You will eventually achieve your goal.
- If you want to move quickly, try writing a paragraph (left to right) each day with your non-dominant hand. After 1 or 2 weeks, you should see noticeable improvements. Remember: Rome was not built in a day.
- Don't expect to get perfect handwriting after a week with your non-dominant hand. Remember, it took you over 7 days to control the pen with your dominant hand! Buy a writing book designed for children and do the exercises suggested inside to help you.
- Bounce a ball with your non-dominant hand to sharpen its sense of coordination.
- Use your non-dominant hand at school or at work to take notes.
- Avoid writing the same paragraph every day. Pick a new one every day so that your non-dominant hand doesn't get used to the same gestures.
- Whenever you start to learn a new thing, use your left hand. For example, if you've never played guitar, your right hand doesn't yet know how to position itself on the instrument, so both hands are at the same level. By exercising your left hand, you also exercise your right hand. A person who can use both hands uses their right hand better than a true right-hander. This is called autonomous bilateral synchronism.
- Throw a ball in the air several times and try to catch it with your non-dominant hand.
- If you shave with your non-dominant hand, be careful not to cut yourself. Since you are not used to using this hand, you may hurt your face, legs, etc. It is the same if you hit nails with a hammer: be careful not to crush the dominant hand holding the nail!
- Don't just practice your non-dominant hand if you want to become ambidextrous. Your dominant hand may lose its skill.
- There are some risks in wanting to become ambidextrous. Among these, here are the main consequences:
- spatial disorientation (inability to differentiate left from right)
- memory problems (especially to remember subjects already acquired)
- legasthenia gravis or dyslexia (for example problems reading or writing)
- speech disorders (ranging from stammering to stammering)
- concentration problems (mental fatigue occurs quickly)
- motor skills problems that manifest in writing