Hand Job

Regardless of how you might feel of this title, hopefully the end result, there will be a “happy ending”.

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Right so.. yeah there has been some inner conflict recently with my self as an artist. Regarding my skills at drawing hands. My skills over this summer have seamed to .. well.. I fell like there can deteriorate if I don’t excersize my artist “mussel”. I’m forgetting how to draw hands.. I mean really, what the fuck?
Ok, To be really honest here.. hands have always been a weak area, for me.. My hands in drawing really stand out.. My mom says she can always tell it’s me by the hands. Is it because they are “shitty” hands?.. I dunno. (she also sees hidden secret faces in details of things, but that’s another post altogether.)
I’ve been really buckling down and using most of my time to brush up on my hands. Every artist, regardless of your skill level or how talented you are, should take a time out and relearn how your are doing things. It should be every so often. What you’ll discover is, “ahah.. I never noticed that before.” Heck, copying is always the best way to learn.
Screw how talented you may fell you are, or how everybody around you says you are.. You can always be BETTER!
One method to getting hands to look right is to just take photos of your own in the position that you need them to be.. You can see one of those studies at the top. This was a quick fix when I was in a blitz of work to get things done and out. Now though It’s no excuse I gotta bear down and fix this problem. Tutorials in book and online does help.. Going back and refreshing yourself on construction and all of that.

Andrew Loomis and Preston Blair I’m told are the best of the best you can go by.

There are .pdfs around online.. I’ll see if I can’t track those down for you.

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There are a few helpful vids on youtube too.. here are a couple that looked helpful..

(Mark the instructor from the first 2 vids voice reminds me too much of the guys voice that did web site porn about 10 years ago that had young 18 year old girls to have sex w/ him. But that’s just me)

Last night I went and pulled random comics out of my old box and just went and copied hands.. I didn’t trace.. I was using the construction techniques. You build your hands using guidelines, etc.100_2524Style isn’t really a factor.. It’s more of choosing things that look accurate to you. 100_2525A comic book artist mentor of mine told me of a classic comic book artist, who stockpiled different kinds of body parts and objects, that he had catalogued in scrapbooks and binders. so when it can to laying out a page he just clipped and pasted any given thing down on the board and just traced out everything that he need. It’s more being a good book keeper then a artist to me, but he may have had the right idea, to get the job done, and look reliable to editors who would hire you.

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2 Responses to “Hand Job”

  1. Henry Hemp Says:

    Every time I see something new you do or say either your art, your thoughts, your ideas they are always taking the next step a higher level of art/consciousness being aware to always be open to learn more..Bravo my friend!

    “one Love”

    Henry Hemp

  2. kokanee Says:

    I didn’t watch the videos, but I do like this post. I must confess that I cannot draw anything and have never taken the time to consider the more finer details of drawing. Your post has taught me something.

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