Before you ask, yes I drew this using the Picture Plane from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
. I'm trying to teach myself how to do things in proportion, and, I tell ya, my first few starts with this drawing produced stunted fingers, awkwardly-long figurines, and were just generally really crappy. I realized drawing this that I wasn't paying as much attention as I should the crosshairs on the Picture Plane and those I draw on my pages. While this hand isn't perfect, I think it's the most successfully proportionate of those I've drawn recently. And that forefinger? I wanted to murder
that part of the drawing, because I kept on sketching it too long. You would not believe the number of times I had to erase and shade in that particular area. I'm surprise I didn't wear a hole through the page.
This was drawn before dawn. I'm telling you this to explain the stark highlights on the hand. Most of my hand is so utterly ghastly pale because the light comes from the right, above my head. Fluorescents, and we all know how harshly
they tend to illuminate everything. I left Straightjacket Bunny shaded to emphasize my hand, though his straightjacket--from his neck to the tops of his feet--is paler, even if the grey paint is somewhat dingy.
For this drawing, I used:#4B
a page from my Strathmore Sketch pad
and, liberally, an eraser (very
With a couple of tissues for blending the shading.