Hand Practice 9.12.21

by Diana Coto, September 15th 2021 © 2021 Diana Coto

Trying to get a feel for the form of the hand and proportions, while having a dynamic feel. I want to learn to draw quicker and with more emotion.


I think maybe the proportions are still a little off here, althught the basics of the structure are there. Think of the hand as a set of volumes. A good reference is Bridgeman, where he shows the geometric structure of the hand very clearly. If you want a more fluid and dynamic feel, go lighter on the structure as you build up and then go in with more fluid line to connet the shapes.

Diana Coto

Yup I'm using Bridgman as a guide :) that's where I'm getting the poses. I do still struggle thinking in terms of forms and volume. Thanks!


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Why not try drawing more simple shapes, like children's blocks? It's a great exercise to help you focus on plains, proportion and solidity.

I know it is not as exciting as drawing the figure or hands and the like. But Visual art vegetables (Aka the basics) are invaluable.

Here's some I found helpful in my studies:

Studio Still Life Blocks

You can get them in much larger sizes, but I think these are superb for lots of art studio art needs.

Happy pigment trails.

All the best,

JCML Fine Art

Polyvios Animations

Way to go on your gestures, negative spaces and proportions of your hand, Diana.

My suggestion to help you refine this hand even further is that though your proportions are well articulated, but your gestures could be even more powerful and energetic. Would you please be able to loosen up your dominant and nondominant hands with 30 minutes of 2 minute digi warm-ups of hands and feet. (15 drawings)

The reason is, when you do this approach to reach your goal (if you've got one), then your proportions and angles of hands will become the least stiffest and the most fluidest and appealing.

Good luck to you and your current and future goals.

Polyvios Animations.

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