Images can be produced using a variety of drawing instruments, Quipperian. Call it pen and ink, charcoal, chalk, pastel, metal dots, silver dots, graphite dots, colored crayons, and etching needles to imitate this type of drawing. Other alternatives are wax or Conte crayons, markers, graphite sticks, and various types of ink pens. The most common support (material in the spotlight) is clear paper, but other options include cards, blackboards, papyrus, cardboard, canvas, leather, animal skin (calf skin), textiles – even plastic or metal. In the tutorial how to draw a clenched fist we will deconstruct the anatomy of the hands themselves and indeed against myths so that when you look at the hands for reference, you can feel like a collection of simple shapes, easy to put together.

In all parts of the body, many hands are considered the most difficult to draw. We all have stories about how, at first, we want our character’s hands behind his back or in their pockets, avoiding as much as possible the task of handling hands. But paradoxically, they are our most easily searched references, being in our field of vision at all times in our lives. With just one extra accessory, a small mirror, we can reference hands from all angles. The only real challenge, is the complexity of this organ is very articulated: it’s almost like drawing a small figure into a bigger one, one who doesn’t know where to start. Notice the actual base of the finger, the joint that corresponds to the flexion of the finger, far lower than the clear base formed by the folds of the skin. It will be important to draw bent fingers as we will see later.

The point where the nails come out of the flesh varies: some people have it along the edge of the fingertips, some are very thin (inline), so in that case, the nails are wider than they are long. Nails are not flat, but many are shaped like tiles, with extreme curvature to gentle ramps. Look at your hand and you might find that this curvature is different for each finger – but the level of realism doesn’t need to be drawn, fortunately. The folds that mark the finger flexion are elliptical or like brackets, but when the hands are flat as above they are unclear (unless a person has protruding finger bones, which occurs in the hands a lot of work) and can be taken as mere dimples.