Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Digital Darkwing (2010)

I've been having a lot of fun drawing Darkwing on my Cintique lately. I wanted to see if I could squeeze more out of the design and loosen up on the poses a bit. Let's Get Dangerous!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I've Got To Hand It To You (2010)

When I look at portfolios, I can gauge the skill of the artist rather quickly by observing the way they draw hands. Expressive hands can add tremendous impact to a pose or gesture. After the eyes and mouth, the hands are one of the main indicators an audience looks for when trying to read a character's attitude, yet so many young artists are loathe to draw them. But draw them you must!

Hence this post...

This is the way I think of hands when I draw them. A wedge and cylinders.

Grouping fingers together and varying their direction can help make them look more natural.

No matter if they're beefy hands or slender, it's still a wedge and some cylinders. Try it.

 ©Toby Shelton 2010
Put your hands together, people! Take it to the next level by making your hands interact.

Hope this little exercise helps you to get a "grip" on drawing hands.