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How I Draw Hands

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This is basically how I draw hands. I suppose it's not the best example, as I've done better (especially when it comes to detail... in this case), but it's close enough to a decent step-by-step instructional panel that I'm fairly satisfied with it.

I referred to a screenshot of Remy's (from Ratatouille) hand/paw while drawing this, which is why this deviation is placed under "Movies/TV".

-- Mitch

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Tools:

- B pencil (black)
- Blue pencil
- Eraser (Kneaded)
- Photoshop CS2 (used to darken and enhance image)

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Remy is the property of Pixar Animation Studios.
"Ratatouille" is copyright © Pixar Animation Studios.
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vimfuegoProfessional Filmographer
hey Mitch, nice stuff! I will try to red line this if I ever get the chance -- your basic form is strong & proportions are good, but you should be drawing four fingers and all the joints in the hand before you start stylising them - painful though it may be, haha! You've got hands right there in front of you, I would reference them instead of Ratatouille. It's more boring, but your style will pop through much more strongly and you'll get a better basis of things :)
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Yeah! Critique! I can always use more of it.

Remy only has three fingers, hence the missing digit, unless you were referring to the fact that I should practice drawing human hands instead of stylized ones. Nevertheless, I definitely see what you're saying. I should exercise drawing from life much more. I have practiced sketching my own (and others' ) hands before, and have never found it to be boring. Hands are one of my favorite things to draw.

Thank you very much for the critique! It is greatly appreciated. :D

-- Mitch
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vimfuegoProfessional Filmographer
aha yeah, I meant instead of! The drawings themselves are really good, you have a good eye - I was going to red line over your construction part to suggest a slightly different breakdown (I find it easier to do it in more pieces, with big basic shapes) but this tutorial: [link] pretty much covers how I do it anyway :) obviously something like that comes down to personal preference anyway, but I definitely think draw four fingers hands as much as possible, haha that last knuckle is a right pain XD
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Ha-ha! I see.

Once again, thank you very much for the comments and critique. The link you provided to that tutorial was most informative, as well. I loved it.

Oh, and, by all means, red line them! I'd love to see your interpretation of and improvement on my sketches. :aww:

-- Mitch
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SmohbitzProfessional General Artist
Awesome! Remy's hand( or paw) looks adorable! Great job on this art concept and the shading.
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Thanks! :D

-- Mitch
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SmohbitzProfessional General Artist
You're welcome. :aww: Keep up the good work. :nod:
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