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Draw real hands!
Hammond, Lee, 1957-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, 1997.
Physical Description:
79 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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NC774 .H19 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Hands can be one of the expressive elements of your portrait - if you know the right way to draw them. By following Lee Hammond's easy, step-by-step approach, you can render hands that hold and hands that wave. Old hands and young hands. Hands that look real, not cartoony.

The secret is seeing and drawing hands as simple shapes that fit together like puzzle. The, create gradual, smooth shadings to replicate the subtle contours of skin. Before you knot it, you'll be drawing realistic hands

You'll find tips on making hands look distinctly young, old, feminine and masculine; drawing hands in action, in any pose or position; and using hands to "tell stories" in your drawings. Plus, you'll learn graphing tricks that make drawing from photos easy And you'll see the difference in your drawings right away

Author Notes

A professional artist and instructor for 20+ years, Lee Hammond has authored and produced 40+ North Light and ArtistsNetwork.TV products. She has owned and operated the Midwest School of Art in Lenexa, Kansas for six years and now has a studio in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches. She conducts drawing seminars, gives school lectures and mentors nationwide. Visit her website at

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Booklist Review

The more specific a how-to painting book is, the better, and each of these well-produced, to-the-point volumes focuses on accessible subjects, guaranteed to engage most aspiring artists. The color reproductions in Arnett's book live up to the promise of the title: they are indeed sumptuous. The still life is a delicate and nuanced tradition, and the compositions Arnett uses in her examples exemplify the best of the genre. She has cleverly incorporated an instructive variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and vessels--pitchers, bowls, jars, and baskets--to teach painters how to render a broad spectrum of shapes and textures, and works in a classical style most painters will find inspiring. After a discussion of the use of oil in general, Arnett zooms in on specific techniques in seven "demonstration" pieces. Beck explains the properties of acrylics in her course on painting realistic flowers, but because her mission is to help artists render flowers as precisely as possible, she breaks down the processes of looking, drawing, and painting into many steps, instilling a bit of science into this artistic endeavor. Painters hoping to create beautifully detailed florals will greatly appreciate her painstakingly detailed approach. Hammond is also a proponent of realism, and her focus is on the figure. In her book about drawing family and friends, Hammond presents exercises for practicing perspective, learning how to foreshorten, and, once basic body structure and shapes are in place, how to draw clothing, encouraging artists to work from life whenever possible, and from photographs, too. Hands are a notoriously difficult subject, so Hammond devotes an entire volume to getting them right, a resource many an artist will consult. --Donna Seaman