6 Give a big hand for hands

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Hands are both dif­fi­cult and im­por­tant. They can be just as ex­pres­sive as a face and, at their very least, should com­ple­ment the ac­tion or pose of the char­ac­ter. You can’t fudge your way past them ei­ther – peo­ple no­tice. I usu­ally spend nearly as much time paint­ing hands as I do faces. I’ve found some comic book art use­ful for learn­ing ex­pres­sive ges­tures, in­struc­tors like Ge­orge Bridg­man are great for build­ing shapes, while photos and us­ing the mir­ror for de­tail and anatomy books are good for un­der­stand­ing struc­ture. My goal is one day to grad­u­ate from do­ing good hands to do­ing great ones. Rule of thumb: don’t get lazy on hands.

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