As of yesterday, I have finally succumbed to peer pressure and built an Instagram account. I have now joined the mindless parade of groupthinking selfie-taking rabble that has convinced me to take up this pastime. Those of you who have also been sucked into this vortex, make sure you follow me! I look forward to seeing your pictures as well.
On Sunday, June, 1st, in less than two weeks, the annual Parisian Promenade will be held at the Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens in Greensboro from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. I will be there, along with many other artists, musicians, and craftspeople, giving a painting demonstration and selling work. I'm very excited about it, and would love for everyone to make it. More information is at the Greensboro Beautiful website and in the invitation below. I hope to see you there!
In my opinion, learning is the process of taking the thing that you're worst at, and working at it until it's the thing that you're best at. In light of my recent commission of Sean Connery, I decided it was time to work on my drawings of hands.
Hands are considered one of, if not the, most difficult part of the human body to draw. They are complex and convoluted, with tendons, veins, ligaments, muscles and bones all visible and accounted for. The shapes they make are twisted, and foreshortening just adds a layer of complication.
Everything I've read about how to draw hands basically can be summed up in one handy suggestion: begin by drawing the four fingers as one shape, the palm as one shape, and the thumb as one shape. If your shapes are accurate, the whole thing will fall into place without too much trouble. With that in mind, I did the following handful of studies, based on the works of Walt Reed and Louise Gordon, authors of a couple of authoritative figure drawing books. The feet were drawn in when I got tired of hands.