Impulsive And Deliberative Gestures

Sometimes an impulsive or spontaneous hand action is needed to convey a momentary surge of feeling. In the upper sketch the snap of the fingers signifies a spontaneous, "A-hah!" The drawing here is the only way the action can be worked out. There is no way to convince the eye that the action has been completed—that the two fingers have been snapped.

The center sketch illustrates the ancient "fig hand." thumb between index and middle fingers, conveying profound contempt and venomous insult. The mono fica has also been known as a copulative gesture since Biblical times and is used where extremes of feeling run high.

The lower sketch depicts a didactic, deliberative ticking off of arguments in a discussion, the thumb going through a sequence of poiM-by-point exposition.

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