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Drawing Hands Notes from Toby Shelton


Full article on his blog

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!

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.

Another article on drawing hands :