Reversing Positions

You can now do a surprising thing—you can develop the drawing of frontal foreshortening just discussed mio its reversed position. First trace or copy closely the outline of the front view as shown al upper left. Note that the forearm now inserts itself into the dorsal side of the hand. This deliberately causes the eye to accept a shift in the spatial field from front to rear. Now dcclively insert the contours of the palm knuckle bulges, In the drawing at right note the accented knuckle forms, the well-defined wrist curve, the ulnar head joining the outside arm, and the line of the radial bone on the inside arm moving toward the index linger, The third step U to insert finger Knuckles. These are found on the outline of the little finger and the ring finger in the sketch at left. Thu can be done with a simple set of arcs, with fingernails inserted. Then other fingers can easily be put in place. Tones are casually defined to show recession, and the drawing can be totally refined. At this point go back to the side view hand in the previous drawing and review- this sequence.

Inked Hand Pointing Drawing

MULTIPLE SEQUENCE CHANGES The right hand frontal view shown here expresses several frontal overlap movements. Note the index finger pointing outward, then shifting the middle shank inward and tte last shank down toward the palm. The middle and ring fingers decidedly overlap the palm when bent forward. When experimenting with these sequence changes, don't hesitate to draw through existing forms, The palm or thumb may be beautifully done, but may be obstacles to better drawing. Therefore, go through, make changes. The changes here are only a start. Get tracing paper and pencil and lay the paper on the sketch and start new finger positions. Train your eye to see new possibilities.

Forearm Sketch


A near view of the inside arm, palm surface, and fingers (ends to present problems in accurate finger lengths when the finger root cannot be seen. In this drawing, the clue is in the index finger, The palm knuckle of the top side of the hand is clearly apparent, In the two phases shown here, each accounts for two finger actions. If we draw an arc from the knuckle in either position through to the little finger, we can determine the knuckle origin of all the other fingers. From these projected points, new fingers may begin, overlapped visually by the knuckle pads on the palm surface.


If the hand went reversed and drawn from a rear view, as done prcsiously, finger lengths could also be deduced from the index finger and earned into the rear series. Try looking at each finger crease as if it were within an arc connected to the other fingers, fhen note fingertip relationships. The forms in space can be worked carefully, section by section, The finger variations here are modest ones. More dramatic ones can be tried by using tracing paper for a new sequence. Try turning this page around and looking at the drawing from a different view. Then reorder the finger positions, exploring new positions and feeling tones.

Foreshortening Body

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  • Stefania
    How to sketch an forearm?
    7 years ago
  • ute
    How to draw a fist pointing down?
    4 years ago

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