Show us your hands! Whether smooth and delicate or weather-beaten and stained, hands have captivated artists for centuries. When captured correctly, they convey an overwhelming sense of humanity and provide commentary on who exactly the subject is.
It’s time to put your hands to work and create artwork that captures the movement and energy of the human form—specifically, hands! Draw inspiration from a picture, ask a loved one to pose or capture the hands of the little one in your life. We want to see the hands that matter to you!
Announcing Craftsy’s #ShowUsYourHands Contest — Two Weeks Only!
How to enter:
Create your very own masterpiece featuring hands and upload it to your project page with the title “#ShowUsYourHands” before August 17, 2014 at midnight MT. A panel of Craftsy’s fine art experts will select their favorite works to be featured on the Craftsy blog, including one lucky first place winner, who will be awarded a Craftsy class of their choice.
What types of works can I submit?
Create your work using whatever medium you prefer: pen, ink, graphite, charcoal… the choice is up to you! We only request that you submit a handmade work of art, not a photo.
Need a hand with your…hands?
Download our FREE PDF eGuide, Drawing the Human Body, which features essential tips and tutorials for drawing gestures, contours, light, shadows and much more.
For a deeper lesson in the art of drawing an expressive human form, sign up for the FREE online Craftsy class Figure Drawing: An Essential Guide. Join renowned artist Patricia Watwood as she leads you through the simple steps to create a striking figure study in the convenience of your own home. You’ll even even find out how to make custom toned papers.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:
- STEP 1: Click the Submit Project button below.
- STEP 2: Log in to your Craftsy account (or create an account — it’s free and easy!)
- STEP 3: Select the “Drawing” category for your project.
- STEP 4: Title your project “#ShowUsYourHands” (IMPORTANT: PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT “#ShowUsYourHands” IN THE TITLE OF YOUR PROJECT.)
- STEP 5: Optional: If your hands piece was inspired by a Craftsy class, then select that class. If not, skip this step!
- STEP 6: Add a bit of info about the project.
- STEP 7: Upload your project photo (or photos). And, you’re done!
- SUBMISSIONS DUE: August 17, 2014 at midnight MT. Limited to one entry per contestant.
Looking for some inspiration before getting started?
Check out these amazing hands by artists from the Craftsy community!
Graphite drawing via Craftsy member AWilsonPortrait
Working Hands: Sewing Hands was created with graphite on bristol board. This realist-style drawing is part of a series that explores individuals at rest, work and play.
Graphite drawing by Craftsy member rothima Dasannacharya
Fascinated by this weather-beaten face, artist Rothima captured this beautiful moment.
Graphite drawing by Craftsy member Jorge De La Cruz
Wow! Using pencils from 7H to 9B and a moldable eraser, Craftsy member Jorge De La Cruz created a stunning drawing with proportion, balance and depth.
Mixed media via Craftsy member DBL Laura 1
Hand Study was created using colored paper, color pencils and ink.
Mixed Media via Craftsy member Ellydevs
Celebrate Spring was created using soft pastels, charcoal, pencil and pen. The artist used digital media for touch-ups.
Drawing via Craftsy member Phenomenal93
A Rose for my Lady is a realist drawing.
Graphite drawing via Craftsy member ryaniw34
Graphite Hand Studies was created in the online Craftsy class, Figure Anatomy for the Artist, using graphite on white paper and a kneaded eraser.
Want a chance to have your work featured on the Craftsy blog, and to win a free Craftsy drawing or painting class of your choice? Upload your hands art (created with your own two hands and of hands!) to your project page with the title “#ShowUsYourHands” to be entered automatically now!