Saturday, November 18, 2006

my ol' standby

Occasionally I feel as though I am repeating myself...or as my mom describes it "looping." So, if I am, please forgive me.

Scattered thoughout many of my sketchbooks are images of hands. There is a reason for this. As a little girl I would always draw people with their hands in their pockets. I knew I couldn't draw hands well, so rather than make an attempt and ruin a drawing, I'd just hide the hands altogether. This was until a very talented watercolor artist, Barbara Timberman, took an interest in me and explained that while a hand is one of the most difficult things to draw, it is also one of the best things to practice drawing. This advice has stayed with me and to this day I continue to practice drawing hands. Thank you Ms. Timberman for taking that special interest in me.

11 comments:

Terry Banderas said...

Love your artwork and comments.

De Nous À Toi said...

Oh wow -- this hand has a "rushed" (not to polished) quality which makes me envious. :-) You certainly know how to draw a hand now. Was this after a picture or right there in real life?

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Suzanne, I often use that same trick! And because I mostly draw childrens charachters you can always find an excuse to hide the hands (often behind their back or in pockets). This sketch is amazing, it is perfect. I am going to start trying to draw them. It's the only way to ge over the fear, I guess. You are an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

My sketchbooks are sort of the same way, except with feet instead of hands. I seem to draw them a lot, mostly because even if I have nothing else to draw, I still have my feet. Perhaps I should take some inspiration from your lovely hand sketch and branch out some.

Your sketches are great.

Jana Bouc said...

What a beautiful and graceful hand. Thank you for the reminder to practice drawing them, which I enjoy.

suzanne said...

Thanks Terry, France, Andrea, Claire and Jana for your comments! France: This was drawn from life. That is the great thing about having hands...they are always there to pose. However, now that I think about it, you probably ask this because my hand looks like a man...wow, such a beautiful manicure! Claire: I'm amazed you draw feet...I think they are even more difficult than hands!

De Nous À Toi said...

And no, this certainly does not look like a man's hand! Graceful is the word -- Jana got it right (yet again). :-)

Anonymous said...

Great advice, in fact hands are now one of my favourites too. I remember when I was young a friend showed me her drawing and the woman's hands were like a V with a thumb sticking out as if the fingers were stiff and straight lined up behind each other (can't explain this very well!) Anyway, I did hands like that for years!

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