Help me paint a skele­tal hand!

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Molly Coal­drake, New Zealand

John replies

When paint­ing skele­tal el­e­ments it’s es­sen­tial to use a ref­er­ence of some kind. For in­stance, the hu­man hand has 27 dif­fer­ent bones, and all of those bones have very sub­tle de­tails. Un­less you’ve spent a great deal of time study­ing the hu­man skele­ton, it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to draw an ac­cu­rate skele­ton purely from your imag­i­na­tion.

Ideally, you should use a life-sized hu­man skele­ton model, and most art school have them for life-draw­ing classes. How­ever, for some­one not at a univer­sity, this may not be an op­tion. If you don’t have ac­cess to a skele­ton model, a good anatomy for artists book can be very help­ful and th­ese are avail­able on­line. If you’re us­ing dra­matic light­ing and don’t have ac­cess to a model, use some clay or Sculpey to cre­ate a skele­ton hand for a quick photo ref­er­ence.

The bot­tom line is, when paint­ing a hu­man skele­ton, don’t try and make it up be­cause you’re al­most guar­an­teed to get it wrong. The hu­man skele­ton is some­thing that every­one can tell when it’s wrong in a paint­ing, even if we can’t ex­plain why.

You can see all the sub­tle lit­tle de­tails in the bones that would have been nearly im­pos­si­ble with­out a solid ref­er­ence to work from. This is the photo ref­er­ence I used to cre­ate this paint­ing, which helped to take a lot of the guess­work out of the process.

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