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The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Hands


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Draw true-to-life hands with simple techniques. Learn anatomy essentials, achieve accurate proportion, render hands in motion and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Richard Pace
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Grasp new skills to draw convincing hands alongside pro artist and instructor Richard Pace. Uncover the anatomy of the hand for true-to-life sketches. Learn to draw the hand's full range of motion. Make accurate proportions simple with valuable tips. Break down fingers into basic geometric shapes, then add surface details for sketches with impressive dimension. Render hands that are grasping, throwing, pointing and more to expand the types of scenes you can draw. Build depth as you recreate the play of light and shadow across the hand's surface. Plus, gain confidence depicting a person's age, gender and other characteristics through the details of his or her hands. Find out how to draw realistic hands as you master anatomy essentials and replicable techniques.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Simplifying the Hand
Meet your instructor, artist Richard Pace, as you learn how this class will break down the challenging process of drawing realistic hands. Start by letting go of your preconceived notions of the hand's shape and form as you practice making simplified gestural sketches.
2. The Anatomy of the Hand
3. Proportions of the Hand
4. Drawing the Fingers
5. The Hand in Motion
6. Light & Shadow of the Hand
7. Gender & Age in Hands

Taught by

Richard Pace
Richard Pace
Richard Pace attended the illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, which Applied Arts ranks as one of Canada's best. Since then, his career has been a flurry of drawing and painting projects for clients as diverse as Marvel Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Sony, Microsoft, and many others. Richard also teaches drawing at the college level for would-be animators, comics artists and illustrators.

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