The best way to get better at drawing hands is to DRAW HANDS! It sounds simple but it can be a daunting task. This video demonstrates how to draw the hand pointing. At the end of the video I show my secret weapon for practicing drawing hands. It’s a book I got back in the late 80’s (yes, I’m that old) that is really helpful with showing hands in different positions and completing different tasks. Check it out.
Have you ever created a drawing and then looked at it and thought to yourself, “This stinks!”? Well, needless to say, criticizing your art in a negative way is unproductive and not very helpful. We need something to help guide our art-making decisions but in a positive, productive way that helps us grow as an artist. Next time, don’t crumple your art and throw it away. Instead, look at your art through the lens of a rubric!
What is a Rubric?
A rubric is a scoring guide used to evaluate a performance, a product, or a project. We can use a rubric is an assessment tool to evaluate how well we drew our art.
A rubric generally has three parts:
1) performance criteria;
2) rating scale; and
The rubric defines what is expected and what will be assessed. It indicates what to evaluate, after you draw, according to specific criteria. You can then use that assessment to determine what you need to work on in future drawings and what you have already mastered. If you scored a one in any of the criteria, you know where to focus your efforts for improvement. If you scored a three you know you don’t need to practice that particular skill. Whether you score low or high on a rubric, you still know EXACTLY what you need to do!
Check out the video and download the following rubric for drawing hands and let me know how it worked out for you! Leave a comment or send an e-mail, so I know if you like this content and want me to produce more.
A lot of people have trouble drawing hands. Unfortunately, the only way to get better at something is to practice. Practice makes better but never perfect. In fact, perfect art doesn’t exist so stop trying to make it! If you really want to improve on your drawing skills, set up a schedule and keep to it. Make sure to draw at least 30 minutes a day. Stop criticizing yourself and just draw!
My new hands video explains how to draw, ink, and color the hand in a clenched position with the thumb up. Check it out!