Handshake

This time something rather quick, practice drawing for hands. Believe me, there is never too many of those exercises... I added the video to this short tutorial, I recommend watching the process, thinking about how I build shadows and lights on those hands, build their shape. I hope this tutorial will help a little bit those who (like me) have problems with drawing hands from time to time.

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At first I try to sketch hands in the proper shape. It's not all that easy, because hands will look strange even if you give them nice shading if the shape is wrong (for example: potatoes aren't like that). Proportions are crucial here. Sometimes I am unable to spot my mistakes right away and I move parts of those hands around to finally spot the right position of the line I am moving. Doing that makes it harder to trick myself into thinking that everything is fine. After that I lower opacity of the sketch and paint base colors with a hard brush. There are only three elements here (two hands and those fingers on the bottom) :D

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I quickly color the background, just to get rid of the white. It is not really important in this picture (well, you can clearly see that). Then, like on the previous tutorials from the series, I prepare some new layers as clipping masks. I will be painting everything else on those and I won't have to think about the edges, clipping masks take care of them for me. I paint with my new favorite brush, which you can download HERE. At first I place the main shadows on both hands. I use same colors for both of them, obviously.

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Then first lights show up, I place them on knuckles and fingers. And I pick darker and darker colors for shadows and brighter and brighter colors for lights, slowly building up the contrast. You shouldn't be afraid of it, contrast between lights and shadows is what builds the three-dimensional shape. I draw lines dividing fingers, place shadow under one hand and add some more colors. Try slowly adding more hues, skin is colorful but it's easy to overdo it. Also add a bit of each color to both hands - tighten the bond.

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Just to make sure that I am not doing something stupid and those lights and shadows I've painted look the way I want them to - I zoom out the whole picture, making it very small. And I look. It's like watching the painting from far away, getting rid of all the detail and checking if basic shapes are there. If I don't like something I add new layers of color. Only if those hands look good from far away it's meaningful to move to details. So after I fixed everything that didn't seem to work I add the fingernail on the thumb, some wrinkles and folds of the skin, light from the background (blueish hues). Then I blend out the flat areas with single color and use smudge tool to soften the edges of my base layers.

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I add some more detail near the thumb. I try not to rush things and slowly build it up in the whole area. It's easy to put too much unnecessary lines and hat doesn't make the drawing any better. Besides, I want it to look like sketch after all, not like a photo (haha if only I could paint that good). I add more wrinkles, that mole spot and some hair near the wrist. On the movie you can see me blur those out with "motion blur" filter.

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And that's all, another exercise done!