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milton5



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Are your hands too small? Reply with quote

Surfing around looking at a lot of work and I noticing that many artists are drawing hands too small for their characters. This, of course, stands out more in the realistic work. This post isn't to pick on any specific artist or work - but just to give people a chance to pause and think about their work. I've seen some amazingly drawn stuff - with inventive detail and shadowing and then the little hands just stick out as odd. Anyway - go for it people - a hand can hold so much importance to the mood - attitude - action - what-not. I think it would be better to make the mistake to going too big than too small.

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Gual-kun



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought you were asking for MY own hands XD.
Well, it depends, I think. The thing it's to no exaggerate in too small or too big hands for the character in question. For me, I draw different sizes of hands. Thanks for the advice, though Wink
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milton5



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly if someone was conscience about the size hand they were drawing I don't have any problem (big, small, or exactly "right") --- but my guess is most people aren't really thinking about it.




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vaslittlecrow



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

milton5: Hands are very hard to draw. Artists take them for granted, so they don't look at them. I am guilty of small hands myself.
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iaviv



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My hands are usually okay. I think...? I try to draw everything in the right proportion, not just hands. I also use a lot of reference (my own hands, usually) so hopefully that helps with getting the right size as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vaslittlecrow wrote:
milton5: Hands are very hard to draw. Artists take them for granted, so they don't look at them. I am guilty of small hands myself.
Now that you mention it, it's not the first time I've heard about artists don't taking so much care of the hands. Is that really so common? I don't know, I think every part of a character is important the same way, doesn't matter its difficulty.

I have even seen recognized artists making mistakes with hands and feet, more specifically the "inverted syndrome" (Left hand in place of the right and viceversa) and it always look to me as if everybody treats it like no big deal. Even in animation were they draw many times the same character. It's like they said: "The heck, they're only inverted hands!". I don't know if it's just me, but I notice it immediately and it annoys me.

In several occassions, I even commented the pic pointing the mistake and the usual reply is like: "Oh, yeah" or a joke like "Imagine that they're correct Very Happy". At the end no fix is made. If what you say is like that, the "little importance" that people gives to hands and feet, symply amazes me. I wanna know if I'm the only one in this position.
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Varethane



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just want to leave this here.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is amazing.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have tiny hands!
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iaviv



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh what I wouldn't give for two right hands like that princess... I could draw twice as much! In, eh, theory.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll have to read that novel... looks like a saucy one... a three handed princess and a Templar Knight... I smell Hollywood bait...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, see...the third hand isn't the princess's hand. He's holding the hand of the peasant that was forced to catch the princess when she leaped out of the high tower. Checking to see if s/he is still alive (because if s/he isn't dead, then how dare s/he continue to sully the princess's butt?).

Also that Templar has the single longest thumb in history.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those hands are painful...
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Craig Daley



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy provided the hand I've drawn is large enough to easily cover both eyes if faced by something nasty...
Leaving the other hand free to dial for help on the phone.
It's one artist rule I try and stick to, due to my lack of bravery.
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raines80



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hands are one of my FAVORITE things to draw. I love how you can convey an emotion in the hands that may not register in the face. I pay more attention to hand and face than I do body posture... (I need to start paying attention to body posture.) I would love some advice on my hands if anyone has any! I admit that on a few panels they may look small, but I think I am just guilty of what ever artist that has ever been is.... when I draw something perfect... I keep it that way even if it compromises the entire scene. lol
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