A couple of weeks ago while scrolling through Instagram I came across a post by one of my favourite bloggers (Tinker Lab).  In it she was doing a bilateral drawing.  A bilateral drawing is when you draw simultaneously with both hands!  It looked like a really cool art exercise that had many beneficial points.

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To do your own bilateral drawing you will need:

  • Paper
  • 2 pencils per person

YC and I were doing this while I was making dinner the other day.  We would give each other something to draw and then have a go at doing it.  Some of the ideas included a pumpkin, the Eiffel Tower, a chocolate bar, an ice cream.  You don’t have to use a specific image but rather make a spontaneous drawing.

bilateral drawing

We did it as each hand is mirroring what the other hand is doing.  For example, it I was drawing a circle, one half would be drawn by my right hand while the other half would be drawn by my left.  Not forgetting that you are using both pencils at the same time.

There are so many benefits to doing this.  Bilateral drawing basically utilises both hemispheres of the brain which is needed for creativity and creative thinking.  Doing cross-hemisphere activities can improve learning, physical coordination, and hand eye coordination.

We have found this is a fun way to fill in some time, when you don’t have a huge amount of time to get lots of things out.

If you enjoyed this bilateral drawing, be sure to check out my drawing prompts, flip book animations, and zentangles.

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Bilateral Drawing - a great drawing exercise to help utilise both sides of the brain.