View Full Version : All Hands on Deck - March 2012

03-02-2012, 07:11 PM
This month I'd like to study hands.

Thinking back I used to think hands very intimidating to draw but with practice I've come to enjoy the whole process. Mind you I am not an expert but that is not the point of the whole thing for me.

We have a broad range of approaches here. Feel free , rather feel compelled to have FUN......if that juxtaposition is possible......Do a study or two, get silly and loose, simple - whatever........play with the possibilities......go from the simple melting hands of the Scream, the warm chubby hands of a Hindu Goddess, or the famous stretching hands of God and Adam.......and all the in betweens.....

Wassily Kandinsky - the singer 1903

Michaelangelo - The Creation of Adam 1508-1512

leonardo Da Vinci - Mona Lisa



Christ crucified - Velazquez - 1632

Portrait of Frederick the Wise - Durer - 1496

Woman with Chignon - Pablo Picasso 1901

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri - George Caleb Bingham - 1845

skeleton hand - Visual Dictionary Online

The Scream - Edvard Munch - 1910


03-02-2012, 07:25 PM

03-03-2012, 04:59 PM
Wonderful project Robin - I will check back later as I do not have time right now, but sure would love to give this a try. :wave:

03-04-2012, 06:43 AM
This is a good one, Robin.

03-04-2012, 11:31 AM
Is that Shiva or Pavarti playing the flute? Either way love those hands, gorgeous. I might give this one a go, I love hands, and Hindu gods tend to have several.

03-05-2012, 06:13 PM
Great project. I used to hate doing hands but love them now. I actually did a fantasy type landscape painting using hands for all the items a couple of years ago. That really taught me a lot about drawing and painting hands.

I'll just see if I can find a pic of it....


Now I want to do more... this will be fun

03-06-2012, 09:32 AM
Love this painting, Jacqui...It is so surreal and wonderful. I'm still looking at all the little hands and fingers. :thumbsup:

03-10-2012, 08:22 PM
Here are a few quick pen and wash sketches of hands from life. They are always so handy and available to draw whenever you want. :D


03-11-2012, 10:38 PM
I decided to try my hands at six hands! On Kali, this is my idea of how she looks based on the more traditional icons with my own twist. I have transfered the drawing and outlined it in paint, next I will do a grissialle and finally I can glaze all those lovely blues on. :cool:

03-14-2012, 07:36 AM
Sarastar - lots going on there!! ha, ha I like all the hand positions - looking forward to seeing is colored. The one on the flute is Krishna. The other is Lakshmi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshmi

Jacqui - yes, I was always intimidated by hands but the more I practice the more I love drawing them. Nice washes , the open palm is solid and blocky. I LOVE you hand landscape!!!!! what fun!!! I get so caught copying sometimes I neglect original creativity which is why I hone my skills - to be able to do what I want. That piece is an inspiration I like the use of the black in it

Hi Inky and Trafford - hopefully we will get to play a little with this soon

03-16-2012, 07:05 AM
Nice sketch of hands, Jacqui

Hands Hands everywhere! Love it sarastar. Hope you will post when you add color.

Here is a hand contour drawing with arthritis:


03-16-2012, 05:44 PM
oh, that is sad......fairly common but still sad

03-18-2012, 07:55 PM

03-18-2012, 09:55 PM
Janet thanks. Like the contour sketches, I worry about getting arthritis in my hands, would be devastating.

Robin very nice sketches. Love the ones playing the flute.

03-19-2012, 10:21 PM
Jacqui, lovely surreal painting. You should frame that one. It's very creative. Good hand studies too.

Janet, do you have arthitis? It must really hurt. Once I hurt my right index finger while moving house and I was worried I couldn't regain its use. Luckily, it's as good as new. Very good hand contours nevertheless.

Sarastar, your god looks very busy at work.

Robin, beautiful flute playing hands.

I really avoid drawing hands. That's one part of the body I couldn't do well. I'd rather do toes which are nice and stubby.

03-20-2012, 08:33 AM
I have arthritis in elbow and back which at times is painful, but luckily, though my fingers are a little crooked...no pain as yet...so I still can do crooked finger contours and other art stuff.

Like those flute players, Robin. :cool:

04-18-2012, 12:58 PM
just putting the final touches on this,,,,dont know why its taking me so long...its not that big:lol: tyree:wave:

04-19-2012, 07:41 AM
Oh, can't wait to see it.....if you have pursued it this far it must have some "solid" origins......... looking forward

04-20-2012, 12:10 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2012/65063-classical_hands.jpg at last ....i think im done fooling around with this one...the sketchbook is only a 4x6 too:evil: .....pencil, w/c, pen....tyree:wave: :wave: :wave:

04-20-2012, 01:42 PM
Flute players have such expressive hands...love her face too, Tyree.

04-25-2012, 08:18 AM
lovely, Susan. such a calm pleasant expression highlighted by the vibrant background. Love the way the garland lays over the shoulder and carries my eye to the hands.