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Old 11-05-2000, 06:07 AM
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Post Guitarist's hand

All this talk of hands has made me decide it's about time I practiced drawing them a little more. This picture is from the inside of a CD case of a guitarist (part of him anyway) that I have been meaning to have a go at for a while. At first I thought I would try it in Charcoal but I'm so messy with it that I abandoned that idea, although I ended up covered in lead anyway.
Thanks Michael for encouraging me a little while back to practice hands more.
Gerak - I will still have a go at drawing my own hand for your mini-project
Any advice/help/suggestions will be much appreciated!

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Old 11-05-2000, 08:34 AM
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This has a nice graphic feel to it, and as a musician, I appreciate it.

Hands are the most difficult I believe, of anatomical features to do convincingly. You have done a nice job...relying a great deal upon high contrast polarization on the value scale, emphasizing negative space.

I could see this as a CD jacket design with exception of the abrupt stop of the background edges, which I would prefer to see brought to the edge to make it less distracting.

The next step for the graphic artist would be to use Photoshop to play with it.

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Nice job...


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Old 11-05-2000, 02:41 PM
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Sherville - very nice work!
Please post more often!
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Old 11-05-2000, 09:31 PM
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Thank you to everyone who replied and gave advice!
Larry - I can see the GREAT improvement with cropping off the messy edges, it really did make the picture so much more dramatic!
Since I'm trying to improve my drawing skills and not my photoshop skills at the moment I think I won't bother tweaking it on the computer at the moment, but thank you very much for the suggestions I will keep them in mind the next time!

Michael - There was very direct light in the photo, and the lights turned into darks rather suddenly, but I believe I DID emphasise this much more, completely by accident. This picture began as a quick ten minute sketch because I was certain it would look like rubbish when I was done, but as I fiddled with it more, it started to grow on me.
hehehe, thanks for being concerned about the lead - I have the habit of smudging everything I draw with my hand. I assume pencils these days aren't very dangerous though. Half way through I put a piece of blank paper under my hand so I wouldn't smudge.
Gerak - Thank you for your kind comments.
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Old 11-06-2000, 12:42 AM
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sherville - very!!!! nice. Your hand is terrific! I also like the work you did with the neck of the guitar and the strings.

This drawing is interesting, because you have the positioning of the fingers against the straight-rigid surface of the guitar neck.

Since there seems to be a very direct light on the subject, you seem to have (as Larry mentioned) increased the lights even more (?), and minimized any middle tones(?) which may have been present.
What I think is VERY noteworthy, is that you've indicated the shadow of the guitar strings, and if I'm not mistaken..even the wear-patterns which appear on the wood, behind the metal of the frets!!! sherville, what can I say..great attention to detail in this drawing.
Another thing that makes this drawing effective, is your use of the hatch-marks in the background (negative spaces as Larry noted), which creates a nice contrast with the hand and certainly the neck of the guitar which was drawn so realistically.

sherville, I think you used a good reference photo..would you agree that it allowed you to read the shapes, especially the shapes in the fingers?

P.S. sherville..be careful with graphite and lead ok. I hear that these things aren't particularly good for us. I look at our skin in terms of it being another body-organ. I use my fingers at times to push mediums around (rarely-I more often use drawing "stumps") just a thought. I wash and wipe my hands off ALL the time when I'm using oil paint or turp.
Very happy to see your post.
Will keep my eye open for your version of Gerak's "mini-project"

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