blackwidowofshield said: Asking this from a roleplay blog, don't mind that part, but I have an odd question--what would you recommend a lefty to draw in, medium-wise? I like the idea of a diary comic, and am considering doing one (mostly for my own benefit), but I have never been able to use anything with a nib, being left-handed. I tend to push it along, so the ink doesn't much flow. Also, do you have pointers on getting started into drawing comics in general? Silly stuff, but worth asking.
Definitely worth asking! I’m right-handed, so I had to crowdsource this one; here’s what my left-handed and right-handed-but-in-the-know colleagues had to say about things:
“Use a left handed nib. I know they exist but I’m right-handed so have never had to seek them out. They slant the other way at the business end. My favourite brand of nib is William Mitchell and they do a left-handed range,” says an illustrator friend, who is also a nib geek.
“Not in comicz, but can either get left handed pens - Lamy make them at reasonable rates - or you try to find a flat pen nib, like you’d use for an overhead projector, or you do weird hand contortions. I find holding the pen straight up works okay, or twisting the way the nib is facing, but it can be tricky and I do have permanent pen pressure callouses from weird pen holding. Left handed pen might be best bet,” says a painter friend who also loves to draw.
“You’re in luck! I’m left handed — so left handed that I do virtually everything with it — I can’t even brush my teeth with my right hand, or pick up a cup with it. This has made learning what ink-based tools to work with a bit of an adventure. Sadly, I couldn’t use the traditional felt-tipped markers and pens that are common “training wheels” for brushes, because I kept pushing against them like your friend does with nibs. I don’t have problems with crow quill nibs, oddly, but often with other styles, I need to get an aforementioned left handed nib. Most of my leftie nibs are by Hunt-Speedball/Speedball. You have to look harder for them, because even in specialty stores in America they often only have maybe one or two. For whatever reason, I find a lot more C-type, or calligraphy ones, that are left handed, but I’m pretty sure all the styles are made lefthanded,” says a leftie American I know who draws spiteful (and awesome) things.
"I only use technical pens because of lack of depth perception…but I am left handed. from what I’ve heard (during some of the most boring customer interactions ever) technical pens are good for "lefties" (shudder, no, just because we use the same hand doesn’t make me your twin flame you awful person) because it doesn’t change based on angle, only based on pressure and speed. I don’t know, probaby unhelpful. If you ever need to ask on behalf of people with no depth perception then technical pens are the wave of the future!" says a guy I know who does a comic about a dinosaur.
“I’m left handed - I tend to use staedtler (sp.??) pigment liners, and tomboy pens, and they seem to work ok. If they want to go for nibs and ink rather than pens, then I suggest getting a left handed nib - I tried to teach myself calligraphy when I was wee and totally had to do buy a whole knew nib set bc of left-handedness. But it was totally smudge central and I hated it so I stopped,” says a guy I know who does a comic that’s not about a dinosaur.
“Tablets should be able to be calibrated for the person using them, I think,” says a girl I know who does a comic that’s not about a dinosaur but that is diagetically related to that comic about the dinosaur.
“I’m just a doodler and a craft painter, but I am a leftie, and I am one of the lefties who doesn’t hook their wrist but instead rotates the paper at least 45 degrees clockwise and uses a “push-pull” motion to write or draw. Now I think I understand why I love my LePens and my Sakuras and have had trouble with painting, with Sakura brush pens, and with those felt-tip calligraphy pens,” says a friend who is… a doodler and a craft painter ;)
Last but not least, my favorite cousin, who also draws and is left-handed, mentioned she had used a pen made of sharpened bamboo, and that had worked really well for her.
As for pointers in getting stuff started initially, the only advice anyone can really give you is to start drawing and then just keep drawing. Don’t worry about whether it’s good enough now, just do it. You can decide what you want to share and what you don’t after you’re done!
I wish you heaps of luck with this!
PS: Just to let everyone know, esp. new followers, I usually answer asks privately, but questions about technical stuff I’ll bring to the General Public because everyone deserves to know ALL THE SECRETS about making comics ;)