Thursday, December 15, 2005

High Fives

"If you need a hand,
just follow your arm.

- Willem van Heemstra

With Christmas in sight and all the streets so delicately decorated, it's time to let go of all occupations and release our hands from daily routines. It is a moment of cheers and celebration!

I'd say, High Fives...

National High Fives Day at

Now let's draw them 'magical wands' ourselves...
Images and text courtesy http://www.polykarbon.comSeven steps to draw a human hand, hold on!
The Oval
Draw an oval. Much like the one you see to the left. Designate a point on the lower center line of the oval. This is the anchor point we'll use for our fingers.
Draw 5 lines radiating out from the anchor point. The longest line will be the middle finger... make it just slightly shorter than 2 oval lenghts.
Knuckle placement
The remaining finger lengths fall on an arc from the height of the middle finger. The knuckle closest to the tip of the finger is slightly less than 1/3 the way down from the finger tip. The next knuckle splits the difference between the remaining length to the top of the palm oval. The thumb has 3 knuckles as well but the anchoring is hidden inside the palm.
Fleshing in
Flesh in the fingers as shown here. The fingers start narrow at the base... widen at the first knuckle then taper down again toward the tip. Believability is added by drawing creases in the places the hand bends the most... at the knuckles and along the palms. Look at your own hand for reference. Everybody's hand is slightly different. This hand is definitely mine. (Notice I am Right handed and that's why my hand model is a Left hand)
The opposable Thumb
The thumb kinda has it's own thing going on. It rotates around on its own axis. The thumb swings inward on its Anchor Knuckle and bends down at its second knuckle to point at the base of the Ring finger. The thumbs arc peaks at the middle knuckle of the index finger.
Finger lengths
The Index finger and the Ring finger are nearly the same height... about the halfway point of the middle finger "tip". The Ring finger is just slightly longer. The Pinky finger comes up to the last knuckle line of the Ring finger. Notice how the hand is not Square but Wedge shaped.
High Fives
Put your hand(s) up in the air, like you just don't care... ;o)

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