How I draw fists/closed hands from references
Drawing fists is one of the areas I feel like always having most trouble with.
(this is the reference picture I’m going to use in this mini-guide)
Many hand tutorials mention "archs" as a good guide, and I agree with that most of the time - but for fists… it seem to not for for ME (remember people; There’s no 100% flawless technique that works for everyone, and while using archs is very effective for most people, it seem to not help me out as much as I hoped.)
But some days ago, I found my own technique. I’m going to show you by first doing a drawing of a fist, using the picture above as reference.
I start with the wrist, palm and the thumb - since these serves as a “homebase”.
Now I start drawing the knuckles/fingers. I use a little bit of negative-space thinking here, and use the outer silhouette as a start instead. Remember to make sure the silhouette match the reference as good as possible.
And here’s where I use my own technique for the placement of the phalanges. Instead of doing an arch, I sketch out a stair-like path. I check the reference as good as I can while during this.
Sketching out the first set of phalanges.
Let’s observe the reference once again. The red lines show more or less how I think when I use a reference. Using the negativa-space-technique is very effective in this case. The ref lines also shows how you can find “paths” that connects the shape of the palm-muscle with the pinky-finger and so on. This is a good way to think when using references.
Disclaimer: I honestly don’t know the source from the reference. I got it from one of the 1413524 hand references you find on art-resource-tumblrs. Yes I am a horrible person.