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.
Thank you so much for posting this! I've always had so much trouble drawing hands. This looks super helpful.ReplyDelete
This blog is simply awesome: you have nothing but the most helpful of advice, and your super-cool drawing style. Nice!
These are some "handy" tips!ReplyDelete
forreals thanks, and more puns!
Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Highly motivating! Thanks for the post!ReplyDelete
Fantastic! I love these handsReplyDelete
Thanks for "pointing" these out! Very helpful indeed.ReplyDelete
(that was a stretch, wasn't it. -_-)
Great drawings, but these puns are really getting out of hand...OH SON OF A-ReplyDelete
Awesomeness! Thanks dude.ReplyDelete
Wow! Very impressive and amazing!ReplyDelete
Amazing drawings. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it's very helpful and inspiring.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, this is really helpful! :-)ReplyDelete
Two thumbs, WAY UP! Thanks Toby!ReplyDelete
I have always been told hands are the hardest thing to draw.ReplyDelete
Really helpful tips! Thanks!ReplyDelete
must.. draw... HANDS. These are just TOO COOL. Thank you!ReplyDelete
This reminds me of Jules Feiffer's book "The Man In the Ceiling," and how the loathe Jimmy was to draw hands. Feiffer must have felt the pain too, in which case illustrators everywhere are in good company.ReplyDelete
Great post Toby . Sound advice .ReplyDelete
All of the hands drawn here work not only as studies of an anatomical form, but also as graceful examples of pure design. In addition one can immediately imagine a story attached to each gesture and each owner. That is dynamism! Thanks for the lesson and the inspiration.ReplyDelete
Wow! Lots of help. Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
Super cool, thanks!ReplyDelete
This is awesome.ReplyDelete
Toby your work is beautiful.I skrolled down to your board and thought it just moved so well.The acting ,loose draftmenship staging -all the good things that should be there are there in your work.ReplyDelete
Thank you Toby! Much needed instruction for this greenhorn.ReplyDelete
Terrific! Would love more tutorials from you!ReplyDelete
Most definitely, and amazing as usual. Thanks!ReplyDelete
wow, these are amazing!!ReplyDelete
they all have so much appeal!
Do you do requests Toby? ha!
I'd love to see what your methods for drawing heads are.
ever thought of writing a book? I bet it would sell like gang-busters.
Its a very difficult balance to acquired : Having solid and structured forms with flowing gestures. I guess after 33000 drawings it becomes natural. Thanks for the hint !ReplyDelete
Very helpful I think.ReplyDelete
brilliant thank you so muchReplyDelete
Hi there TobyReplyDelete
I'd love permission to use your pic of hands for my work. I work at a not for profit in South Australia (www.bedfordgroup.com.au) and just need a nice pic like that. I teach students with a disability or disadvantage. You would be acknowledged of course.
Permission granted. All the best to you and your colleagues at the Bedford Group. Thanks for asking.Delete
Pun city, bro! Nice puns!ReplyDelete
you are a magician toby, with open tricks!ReplyDelete
now this is called a blog! best i have ever came across!
Hmm... these look very similar to the characters' hands from Atlantis: The Lost Empire....ReplyDelete
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Useful tips for hand designing.......thank you Mr.sheltonDelete