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Period Piece by Laemeur Period Piece by Laemeur
Student work. Ink on bristol, roughly 9x17", colour in GIMP.
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enrisantana Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
344485453227283 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
two questions i have to ask:

how does one learn to draw hands well?

do you use reference?

don't feel obligated to reply. I am extremely impressed with all your work

Laemeur Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
You /must/ use reference. No one ever gets good at drawing hands without looking at a lot of hands. In plenty of drawings, I don't use reference, either because I have a pretty good mental image of what the hand looks like from a particular angle (this comes with time from practice and observation) and/or the hand is not an important element of the picture -- but if I'm ever unsure, or if the hand is a big part of the picture, I always look in the mirror or take a photo or, if the other two options aren't available, just look directly at my hand as best I can. Or someone else's.

Hands are everywhere. Most people have two of them with them at all times. There's never a good reason for not using a reference when a hand becomes a drawing challenge.
344485453227283 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
found it - hah. an entire

i'm finally about to put this advice to good use.

just wanted to say thanks.
copperrein Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is brilliant. I remember back to my first typewriter, slowly pushing a key and tracing the mechanics up to the point where the letter finally hammered ink to paper.

Things sure got kind of...thin...nowadays...*sigh*
SamMooney Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011

...that is all.
Hieloh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
regourso Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well done.
HoBoStIck42 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
very cool
toerning Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
UUUGH I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ARE A STUDENT it causes me so much strife. This is great. And hilarious.
Andrew-Ross-MacLean Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
looking damn good man
dio-03 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Artist
its rather frustrating that you're a still a student while being so talented. it really makes me wonder, what it is you're learning!? is art school working for you? i've been thinking about it alot, frankly. but i just don't think i can bear the cost.
Laemeur Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
To be honest, I'm a bit ambivalent. The first year of school is like a very, very expensive chore that I'm paying for the privilege of doing, and it's tiresome. I had two aims in going: getting a degree, and being immersed in art full-time so that I'll focus, get better, and quit being dilettantish about it. But -- and this may sound tremendously arrogant or egotistical or whatever -- no one I've met, no work that I've seen, and nothing I've learned thus far has excited or inspired me. So, while I still think my aims are sound, it's a bit of a muddle, y'know?
dio-03 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Artist
uff. i completely understand what you mean. and it doesn't come off as arrogant at all. I'm studying to get a bachelors in plastic arts, and i have to say that no class i've taken has taught me anything i hadn't already learned from following the artists i do online. But yeah, thanks for the insight.
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