Paint hands that tell a story

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1 I lay down quick line art to start de­pict­ing the hand. For this ar­ti­cle I want my char­ac­ter’s hand to look very soft, al­most float­ing in the air. I choose a pas­tel-based colour scheme: a pale blue mixed with a ten­der beige for the hand. I use a Soft brush to cre­ate the base, en­sur­ing that there’s some colour vari­a­tion, ready for the skin tex­ture.

2 Now I start to fur­ther de­fine the hand, slowly de­vel­op­ing the shape of the fingers and the palm. The hand must look del­i­cate and so the fingers need to be long with no hard lines. To save time I don’t try to cre­ate per­fectly de­tailed hands. The key anatomy sign­posts such as nails or wrin­kles can be sug­gested by sim­ple touches of light.

3 I add more de­tails, and work on the skin tex­ture with the same Soft brush. I soften the light be­cause I don’t want it to be­come too strong and ruin the emo­tion I want to con­vey. I’ll also leave the hand’s out­line blurred to achieve an even more ten­der feel­ing to the whole el­e­ment. Clean out­lines suit hands that are con­vey­ing a tense at­ti­tude.

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