Drawing and painting so many, for so long.
People have a hard time with hands when they start drawing, because hands are very complex. There are a lot of techniques and instruction on how to draw hands – here’s mine– but actually just doing it is the biggest part of learning.
These paintings are from my first year at MCAD, winter 1990, I think.
From Fall 1991 at MCAD, I believe.
From early 1990, found in a sketchbook.
1990, a class assignment – probably to draw hands using volume created by light and dark.
1990. Always gotta draw all kinds of hand positions, not just flat.
1990. A strong light source helps to understand the structures.
Seriously, I put everything I know about hand structures into this tutorial on how “Thumbs ruin everything.“
1990. Gotta draw foreshortened poses, too.
Comic class notes, probably around 1985.
I was searching for the image above for this post, knowing I had scanned and edited it, knowing it had “fist” in the filename, and let me tell you, well, most of the drawings with “fist” in the filename in my archives are quite different. My comic teachers often said the superhero fist resembles a Dixie cup from many angles. A reference which probably dates me!
I tell you this: if you are struggling with drawing hands, read all the books, watch all the Youtube videos, but most of all, draw your hands. It’s free, and they’re there.
And feet. Gotta draw feet nearly as much as hands.
These are from the late 80s I think, and they’re definitely my chunky little feet. I’m sure more will turn up as I archive. While feet have less moving parts than hands, they are still complexly structured. Because they receive so much impact, they change shape dramatically as a person moves. So you need to understand the bones and the tissue volumes underneath.
In 2016 I made some studies of the basic volumes and shapes that make up the feet for my drawing students.
None of these drawings had ever been photographed; until now, no record of them existed – if we had a fire or flood they would just be gone forever.
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