Any good books, DVD, or site on drawing hands without direct references.

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  03 March 2008
Any good books, DVD, or site on drawing hands without direct references.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a book or DVD on drawing hands methodically and well from memory/shapes? Most of my art training in the past was based solely on direct observation and drawing from that or at worst a photo. Now I'm once again teaching myself something my school just didn't or couldn't provide!

I'm looking for something that demonstraits the structure and reasons the hand moves the way it does, but doesn't go into too many Leonardo diatribes etc. Something halfway between drawing for comics/illustration and fine arts focus?

I'd like something that maybe breaks the hand down into specific shapes...as I'm getting more accustomed to thinking of things in volumes instead of just lines.

If anyone also feels there are no good books...and its just best to draw from life and photos until it clicks then please say so too!

Thanks!
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  03 March 2008
I don't know about hands, specifically, but whenever anyone asks about books to learn from, I recommend one guy who i think is the best art teacher there ever was. Burne Hogarth. He wrote several books on drawing, and I can't think of any better books to have on an artist's reference shelf. And I'm sure he must have covered hands in one of them.
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  03 March 2008
I picked up his book on drappery, and while I find his "reasoning" for why things sometimes happen with cloth semi-faulty, ther is no denying how well he illustrates the issue. I use to avoid his books since I thought his style was so over the top, but now that I've parked my ego at the curb I've noticed, and read, that in his books he purposly over emphsises things to help relay the information better.

Just reading the first chapter in the drappery book has GREATLY aided my drawing skills, so I'm sure I'll check out his dynamic hands book.

Any other suggestions? What about Glenn Vilppu's instructional works?
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