Matthew Archambault: How To Draw The Hand And Foot
This is a snippet from a how to draw DVD by pencil artist Matthew Archambault where he demonstrates to you how to finish off a hand drawing by considering just a few different drawing techniques.
He expresses the importance of standing away from your subject matter regularly as it allows you a better grasp of the proportion and perspectives of what you are drawing. With drawing hands it can become very difficult to get too caught up in some of the finer line work and shading that you actually lose control of the whole picture and you overshoot vital proportions.
He guides you down the pre shaded side of the thumb and demonstrates how adding a darker line to that side can complete that thumb and bring it closer to the foreground adding the illusion of a three dimensional drawing. This is not apparent in a photograph which is what he is using as his study and mentions that when you are working from photographs you really need to be thinking about how to thicken up the shaded area with the pencil to really create a sense of movement.
He finishes by adding rotational lines around the thumb using faint pencil lines to add a further sense of movement which is vital to make a hand look like its affected by gravity and not just floating in mid air. This combined with heavy tonal and shading work around the wrist brings more depth to the pencil drawing and finishes it off very nicely to create a very realistic sketch.