This might be a stupid question, but I gotta ask it where people know how to draw How do I avoid smudging when I draw with pencils?. I've always drawn with ballpoint pens because of this problem as I'm cross-dominant and draw with my left hand in this strange manner very close to the paper.
I've tried many different things, like learning the normal way, or using my ring finger to hold the rest of the hand up. Both feel like they'd take years getting used to. Here's a pic of how I normally hold pens/pencils.
I'd be grateful for any advice on avoiding smudging with pencils
(Maybe I'll learn how to draw from right to left always?)