CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND Part 2 – hand studies

There’s a magnetic attraction that water has to golf balls – you play a lovely round, driving the ball down every fairway … until you get to the hole with the water. That ball is magnetised and dunks itself in the drink every time! It’s the same with drawing the human figure: you make a good study until you get to a hand and spoil things by managing little more than a poorly executed dead toad! And like the golf, it’s all in the mind!

There are enough tutorials in books and on line to learn the technical details of hand/finger structure but to see how technical skill is transformed into divine beauty you need go no further than the Old Masters.

The following images are the hand studies for CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND:

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND hand graphite study 3.jpg

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND hand graphite study 2.jpg

CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND hand graphite study 1.jpg

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2 responses to “CANDLE IN THE DIVINE WIND Part 2 – hand studies

  1. Ow! Your golf ball theory is, of course, 100% correct, and is bringing back some very painful memories– especially since I grew up playing a course where #18 tee was an island in the middle of a lake. Does the expression “empty the bag” ring a bell?? : (

    Lovely hand sketches, and you’re right, I don’t think there’s any part of the human anatomy that’s more challenging. Well done, old master!! : )

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