May 2, 2007
Drawing & the Illegible Me
I wonder... is it just me... or does drawing for years on end lead to crappy penmanship?
My penmanship in writing words seems to have steadily grown worse over the years. It's like the muscles in my hand are only trained to hold a pencil and draw. When I try to write words, the letters start taking every imaginable shape.
I can usually manage a blocky print that I can read... but sometimes I write down an item on a grocery list, and 10 minutes later I have NO IDEA what it was. (that's if I don't lose the list between the car and the shopping cart)
Doctors are supposedly known for illegible handwriting... I wonder, do they draw a lot too?
But the really strange thing is that when I watch one of those closeups of a character in a movie doing their handwriting, so smoothly and evenly and orderly... then I can do it too, if I think of that movie scene and slow down and be measured and methodical and paced. It's all in thinking about that same smooth, slow mindset.
But when I'm just me... I'm practically illegible. I'm in too much of a hurry to do anything right.
Good thing I draw pictures for a living. Sometimes it's just easier to draw pictures on the shopping list instead of writing it out.