Hands and Feet
In the journey of learning human anatomy, the hand is one of the hardest tasks you will take on. Accurate hands in a drawing have a power to convey emotion and narrative. Their complexity can be frightening, and new artist often ignore or hide them, in an effort to not broadcast a lack of understanding of them.
In this enrichment, the goal is to slow down and focus on the hand. You can take the detailed anatomical approach and do intense study, or begin to learn how to simplify those forms into expressive, stylized illustrations. Try new poses and complex gestures rather than your standard turkey hand. Disembody the hands at first, and then challenge yourself to actually place them on a figure. All of this is to get flipper hands, ambiguous poses, and hidden limbs out of your work. Push your self to work through those frustrations.
You may choose to work on some, or all of the following:
Study hands in master paintings and work to figure out why they are successful
Draw from life:
You have your own hand, you have no excuse, set up a mirror for extra challenges
Study simplification and gesture:
not flipper hands, but genuine attempts at cartooning are acceptable, just make sure you are pushing yourself
Take reference photos
If you'd like to participate by taking some quality pics of your hands (or someone elses) go for it. Links to photos and sources are also fine.
Oh, feet are acceptable too because why not!
Look, a tumblr I made just for you guys, just for this! >>>> http://justhandreference.tumblr.com/ <<<<
You are so special!
And some inspiration for you:
You can spend 20 minutes 20 hours on this, either way, try to focus on figuring out something new!