Apparently, it’s Left-Handers Day. Did you all know that Nicholas from Echo Effect is left-handed? ‘Cause he is! It’s easy to find proof in the webcomic itself, if you browse long enough. You can even see he’s left-handed in the very first picture I completed of him back in 2012. I love including left-handed characters in my work, since…well, I’m left-handed, too. Sort of.
You see, I was born a lefty. But my kindergarten teacher thought that was wrong, so she’d force me to write with my right. She first noticed I was left-handed when our class was practicing the letter M. Everyone was allowed to go out and play after the assignment was over, except for me. She wanted me to redo the assignment. So, that’s what I started to do…with my left hand, of course. She immediately ripped the pencil from my hand and shoved it into my right. I wasn’t allowed to leave until I did it the “correct” way. Right-handedness wasn’t natural for me, so yeah, that was painful.
The universe was just as determined to make me right-handed, apparently, ‘cause in first grade, I broke my left wrist. The clunky cast I had to wear for that made it impossible for me to write or draw with my dominant hand. I’ve been a righty for those two things ever since.
Oddly enough, though, I still seem to be a lefty for most everything else. I can’t help but wonder if my artwork and overall penmanship would look nicer if I were able to do those as a lefty, too, since both are pretty ugly to this day. I occasionally practice doing both with my left, so who knows, maybe one day I can convert back to my preferred hand for those things.
Long story short…if any of you ever ask me what my dominant hand is, I’ll have no freakin’ idea how to answer. Haha.