Could You Draw A Fella A Hand?
If you want to draw, paint, or sculpt, and do it well, there are a few skills every artist must practice unceasingly. Two of the most difficult skills for me are drawing drapery and drawing hands. I don’t know about you, but I usually have to slow myself down, set aside some time, take deep breathes, brew some Chamomile tea, light some candles, and meditate on folding clothes and waving goodbye or grasping my tea. Well…I might be exaggerating a tiny, tiny bit. Tiny.
Drapery demands the artist deploy skills in perspective, foreshortening, and chiaroscuro to sketch the dynamic folds and creases into a believably unified surface, though much of the fabric is hidden from the viewer. Hands are a little bit different. No semi-serious artist or hobbyist finds it too difficult to draw mittens. We don’t really find it that hard to draw the palm. Its really that dumb little thumb and those smarting fingers that are always playing peek-a-boo behind one another that drive us crazy, isn’t it?! I think so.
My approach for tackling this challenge is pretty simple. (Which, in my estimation, is the only successful way to meet any of life’s little challenges.) First, I draw the hand as a mitten. I believe the late, great Wally Wood, suggested this.
Second, I draw the joints, starting with the knuckle of the finger farthest away from the viewer, as a balls. And third, I connect each joint with a small cylinder over the top of each joint creating a simplified bone structure. This tip I gleaned from Burne Hogarth’s book Dynamic Figure Drawing. (Ya know ol’ Burne. Can’t do anything statically.)
And Finally, I fill in my construction lines (the mitten, ball joints, and connective cylinders) with the muscle and wrinkles of the hand.
Do you have any helpful tips? Please share.