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100 Hand Challenge (Hand Studies) by Hnilmik 100 Hand Challenge (Hand Studies) by Hnilmik
"SO I HEARD THAT THE ANIMATORS AT DISNEY MAKE THEIR INTERNS DRAW 100 HANDS TO BUFF THEIR SKILLS. TRUE OR NOT, I SUCK AT DRAWING HANDS, SO I DECIDED TO DO THE '100 HANDS CHALLENGE' TO STUDY."

Hands #001 - 050 -- June 22nd, 2012
Hands #051 - 080 -- June 23rd - 24th, 2012
Hands #081 - 102 -- June 25th - 26th, 2012

To sum things up, in 5-ish days, I drew roughly 100 hands + extra hands to make up for the really derpy ones. Along the way, I even got to practice perspective/foreshortening, and even a little shading/lighting! I learned a lot while doing this, even though I think I have more to learn, but I feel mighty accomplished~ I even think I probably DO have the patience to do FBF animation, if I really stuck with it! Probably!

xD NOW. TO CATCH UP ON OTHER WORK I OWE BEFORE EMBARKING ON ANOTHER ART CHALLENGE.


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Oh! Here’s something I know that IS true, based on sitting in at animation panels with industry professionals from Disney, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Fox, and so on… From what I know, they like seeing characters interacting with props/objects, scenery, and other characters in portfolios.

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[EDIT]: Fixed the messed up pixel aspect ratio thingy! Either way, you can still see the individual pages on my Tumblr ([link])!

I personally HIGHLY advise against using this as reference. These are my notes, complete with my own mistakes and my interpretation/perception of how the references looked.

Just reference from life and a lot of photographs like I did. You'll learn more that way.
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:iconsigfriedofgaea:
Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are great hands. :)  Better than mine, I dare say.  And many compliment me on how well I do hands...

I gotta post my references...
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artii2tiiciin2aniity Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student General Artist
yay a hand ref sheet with some hand holding refs.... most i find don't have those
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MayFlorence Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I believe there is a refernce sheet on DA specifically for bff hands (like holding hands, knuckle bumps, pinkie swears etc.) if not then I know for sure it's on tumblr.
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artii2tiiciin2aniity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student General Artist
i have found that
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:iconmayflorence:
MayFlorence Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh, okie dokie, didnt want u to miss out, its a real nice ref :P
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artii2tiiciin2aniity Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Student General Artist
-nodnod-
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Violdin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow... So much improvement in so little time!! I need to try this!!
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Reynn13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really well done! Your art is great and this looks really awesome~ I should try this too... :3
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SourKiss Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fuck well played my friend!
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MowenDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good practice and you portrayed some hard poses well. Great work. :)
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Moznic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Truly a brilliant practice, I may need to consider doing this. I was planning to start doing a "100 object challenge myself", but I have yet to start since I want to be able to draw a human first. Although I would like to ask if you went to any art class or merely did self practices most of the time?
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Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
<=D I... Honestly never really taken any art classes...! I just practice a lot...!
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Moznic Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Ah I see. Thanks for clarifying that. ;)
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RiaMcVee Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you start off? did you draw them from your imagination or did you look at your own or did you use the internet?
'coz i want to do the same thing and i just dont know where to start and how do i do it :/

by the way you can clearly see the progress through out and if one compared the very first one you did with the last one or even the middle one there is a huge improvement! you should be very proud of yourself 'coz this looks awesome :)
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Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Maybe 1 or 2 of them I attempted from imagination at the very beginning, especially after looking at a few hand tips/tutorials floating around on dA, Tumblr, and the Internet, but the majority and whole time I used photographs of hands, my own hands, and while going outside with friends, the hands of others as reference. I learned much more that way than through copying the personal rules other artists found for themselves~

If there's one thing I could say, it's that the first "page" was fighting against personal bad habits as an artist. From then on, as I acknowledge what mistakes I keep making and try to correct/avoid them, I internalize the knowledge the more I draw~ Don't be afraid of mistakes! There will ALWAYS be another hand for you to draw and learn from!
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RiaMcVee Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you, that helped a lot!
i can't wait to start :D

and thanks for the quick reply :)
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noleey Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Artist
lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove
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Leyara1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O How do your hands suck? Those are GREAT I wish I could draw hands like that.
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:iconhnilmik:
Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
My hand-drawing skills UBER sucked before doing this! Now it's less so, thanks to practice!
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Leyara1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well the first hand on here alone is lots better than one of mine, mine look like the ones I drew in Kindergarten... That's really discouraging.
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BeakDoctorMobius Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Now i'm gonna try.

Also, sorry to hear about your grandfather, he must've been a good man if it means you're willing to mourn him for 50 days.
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Stercilus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Because of this, I decided to do this too (I'm at 80 right now ^^)
You've improved so much! I hope I will too..
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:iconhnilmik:
Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yay practice~!!
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greenate Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Drawing hands can be very hard. I suck at them, and to be honest, I never even thought about doing this!
Maybe one day I'll do this, because from the looks of it, this has helped you out....A LOT.
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TF-chaser Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome!~
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Anjidu Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You can actually watch you improve....I must do this O.O
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The-Knick Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I might have to do this too someday soon.
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Kleigen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Now that's a great effort to do. Congratulations for such a magnificent work. Keep your skills up.
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Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
XD Thanks. /inb4 i forgot how to draw everything and anything else
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Malbenthomas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
Tell me if this is a stupid question but, were any of these referenced from photos or were you lucky enough to find a life drawing class in the area and did the hand studies on the side?
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Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Mostly from photos and my own hands, but for page 2, I was out and about with friends and drew their hands and the hands of strangers. Life and photograph references, yo!
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aznriot Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I'll go ahead and fave this for a reference. ^^;
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Hnilmik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I personally HIGHLY advise against using this as reference. These are my notes, complete with my own mistakes, and there's also an image distortion farking up how the forms and lines REALLY look.

Just reference from life and a lot of photographs like I did. You'll learn more that way.
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Manaiyo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
WOW!! I can really see your improvement!!!

Congratulations!!! (I should do this...)
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