Foreshortening is an absolute must if you are going to draw comic book characters AND their hands! I think hands are just as important as the eyes as far as expressiveness and communication. This is the third video in my hand series and it explains the concept of foreshortening and how to use it in drawing.
Drawing the hand can be a daunting task for beginners and professionals alike. Drawing really dynamic hands that tell a story is challenging. How can I improve my hands? Luckily, the bones of the hand make an excellent visual guide when drawing. This art hack video demonstrates the easiest way, I’ve found, to draw those elusive, fluid, interesting hands. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!
What do most people have trouble drawing? Hands! And I don’t blame anyone because I do too! I have researched and experimented with different ways to draw hands. Hands down (I couldn’t resist), this is the most effective way I have found to draw a hand. I always start with the basic shapes that make up the mass of the hand, mainly the palm, fingers, and the thumb mass.
BREAK THE HAND DOWN INTO BASIC SHAPES
The two basic shapes I use are a square-like wedge and the cylinder. If you break down the hand into its most basic shape you will notice that the palm is basically a wedge and the fingers are a series of cylinders. When I draw hands, I try to see the most basic shape. Why? It is a lot easier to change the position, size, and proportions of a geometric shape then a fully rendered hand. This is the stage in the drawing process where the artist checks all of those important details before moving on: proportions, positioning, angle, aesthetics, etc.
If you look at the hand in its most basic shape you will see these two dominant forms: a square-like wedge and a cylinder. Practice drawing these shapes. Place the wedge in different positions in space and try to draw it.
Also, find a cylindrical shape in your house and practice drawing it in different positions in space. Once you get good at drawing those two basic forms, put them together to draw the basic constructive forms of the hand.
Download the following worksheet and practice drawing the hand in it’s most basic form. When you get confident enough continue drawing using your non-dominant hand as your model and draw the hand in as many different positions as you can. Practice!
I have several different series on my YouTube channel to help with drawing and, of course, one of them is hands. Hands are very important to drawing because they are so expressive. You can really add to the body language of your character using the hands. Regrettably, they are also one of the most difficult body parts to draw. How does anyone get better at anything? Repetition.
In this video I demonstrate penciling, inking, and coloring the hand in two different positions while holding a pencil. So go get your sketchbook and follow along. A little practice goes a long way!