Drawing the Hand

The hand is a marvel of functionality and aesthetics. The complexity of its forms and its inherent mutability make it a challenging but extremely rewarding subject. This complexity can be better understood by conceptualizing its forms. In my anatomy and figure-drawing classes, I teach my students to focus on only a few essential characteristics of the hand at any given time, limiting its complexity. This method— which can be applied to other subjects as well—was developed during the Renaissance and has been further refined since.

Basic Human Anatomy | The Book

Basic Human Anatomy teaches artists the simple yet powerful formula artists have used for centuries to draw the human figure from the inside out. Osti, using the basic system of line, shape, and form used by da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo, takes readers step-by-step through all the lessons needed in order to master this essential foundation skill.