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Frank Mclaughlin Comic Art

The tips of the fingers bend at a more extreme angle than on a normal hand.

Artist Frank McLaughlin says, "The key to all comic book-style illustration is to exaggerate the form at the outset, then tone down whatever looks too extreme. Don't draw realistically and then try to soup it up. Your drawing will look overworked that way." Below are some helpful hints on drawing the heroic hand.

The tips of the fingers bend at a more extreme angle than on a normal hand.

Comic Fist Drawing
The webbing between fingers strains into straight lines as fingers are spread.

never up.

A powerful fist is always tilted downward,

Tilted Downward

never up.

A powerful fist is always tilted downward,

Massive knuckles on a fist can inflict maximum damage.

Dramatic Hand Getures

This dramatic hand gesture has many planes. The wrist is straight, then drops down on a diagonal to the fingers, which bend in three more angles.

Shading the finger pads at the beginning of each joint gives this open hand a feeling of drama and dimension.

Drawing Space Cartoons

Notice how the hand points in perspective. The index finger diminishes in size as it recedes into the distance.

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