Breaking it Down – Painting Hands

Posted on 2012/03/21 at 10:35 by daarken 11 Comments

In this video Daarken talks about how to paint a hand from reference. Hands are usually a problem area for many artists, but Daarken talks about how you can break a hand down into simple shapes and planes in order to make it easier.

11 Comments on "Breaking it Down – Painting Hands"

  1. Trace007 · 2012/04/04 at 21:12 · Reply

    Awesome tut! What happened to the male figure tut though?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/04/04 at 23:13 · Reply

      For some reason the video file was corrupted, so I took it down. I’ll try to fix it when I get back to the US.

      • Alex · 2012/04/05 at 02:21 · Reply

        Daarken, this video you’re talking about: was it the same you uploaded to Youtube some time ago?

  2. Judy · 2012/04/05 at 01:42 · Reply

    very good tut, let’s practice hand!!

  3. Trace007 · 2012/04/05 at 05:32 · Reply

    Odd. Good luck with that.

  4. Ruben · 2012/04/05 at 22:05 · Reply

    Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing. Hands are definitely tricky at first, but this is an excellent way to break them down.

  5. Avishek · 2012/04/06 at 18:01 · Reply

    nice work as always.. :)

  6. Gary Hudston · 2012/04/20 at 06:18 · Reply

    I am so happy that I found this website, it has helped me to take a few steps forward with my painting that would have taken me far longer to do on my own.

    I have a posted my attempt at this tutorial up on my blog and I’d love to get some feedback if you have time!

  7. Aykut Sakarya · 2012/04/28 at 08:12 · Reply

    I like it, but what about the textures on a normal human hand? Like folds in the skin or all those little, almost invisible lines?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/04/28 at 09:03 · Reply

      I don’t really add textures to skin or anything like that. Most of the time I just paint textures by hand, I never try to go for a super photorealistic approach. I would rather just paint the textures using brushes instead of trying to use photos for skin, especially since you mentioned “almost invisible lines.” If they are almost invisible, then when you zoom out you really won’t be able to see them.

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