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Hand Studies

Due to a scheduling conflict, I had to take my Drawing 3 class as an Independent Study, which essentially just meant that I had to come up with my own plan for the direction of the class. I decided to pursue an in-depth study of hands, all of which can be found below. I made this choice partially because they're hard to draw and spending a semester working with them would be a good chance to improve, plus I had already done quite a bit of figure drawing in my Drawing 2 class (luckily, because we were able to have models come in from off-campus at that point, which wouldn't have worked during this time of pandemic). But more than even the opportunity to sharpen my practical skills, I also have a fascination with hands in general because they have always struck me as distinctly human. Hands are essential to our nature, not only as features of our anatomy, but also as vehicles for various modes of expression - from the physical examples of manual labor and the arts to the more poignant capacity to communicate language and blessings. Hands unite us as human beings. Even though each hand has its own particular features, they somehow seem more universal then faces; there's almost a sense that, in looking at a hand, I am able to see not only the person of whom it is a part but also a reminder of those who are not corporeally present.

The works on this page have been arranged largely in order of their creation, but the buttons below will enable you to skip to any particular section of interest.

Master Copies: Stylistic and Anatomical Exploration

Master Studies
After Albrecht Dürer - Untitled Hand Study

After Albrecht Dürer - Untitled Hand Study

After Iva Eberth - Untitled Hand Study

After Iva Eberth - Untitled Hand Study

The Dissolution of Future Plans

Dad Hands
In the style of Iva Eberth.jpg

Inspired by the hand study I did in the style of Iva Eberth, I developed this original work from a personal photo of my father. After finishing the drawing of his hands, imported the image into Adobe Photoshop to experiment with the color and placement of the lines and background - three of which I have included below.

I picked this image because I was flipping through my phone to look for different "poses" and I found this one of my dad and I thought the interplay between the lines in the background and the string of the Cat's Cradle would be interesting. As I was working on it in class, my professor mentioned that Cat's Cradle remined her of the concept of fate or destiny, which stood out to me particularly because of whose hands they were (I've gone into depth about my dad's death in Leave a NightLITE On) and made me think about all the things that I never would have known or anticipated, and all the vague expectations that I had which will now never come to be, and all the sudden it became very important to me whose hands they were (which is why I ended up including the long nail on the left pinky, which was a little quirk that he always had).

Anatomical Studies - Tracing Paper

Anchor 1
1st TPAS - skeleton only
1st TPAS - overlay progress
1st TPAS - overlay final
1st TPAS - flesh only
2nd TPAS - flesh only
2nd TPAS - overlay final
2nd TPAS - bones only
3rd TPAS - bones only
3rd TPAS - overlay progress
3rd TPAS - overlay final
3rd TPAS - flesh only
4th TPAS - flesh progress
4th TPAS - flesh only
4th TPAS - overlay final
4th TPAS - bones only
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