Cast Drawing #7: the Hands


In this 2:30 hour session of Cast drawing, we will be focusing on a detail of the hands from the sculptural group “The Wrestlers”.

With this composition, I tried to include both the realism of the hands and forearms and the abstraction created by the play of light and shadow on the forms of the body in the background. We will be drawing with charcoal and chalk on toned paper.


  • A couple of sheets of Gray or tan toned paper,
  • charcoal in sticks (Nitram is an excellent product) and pencils, in medium and soft gradations,
  • white chalk in pencil or sticks,
  • kneaded eraser,
  • sand paper to sharpen the charcoal, that’s it!

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.