Hey! Since ya wanna talk about art, I wanna ask ya...how'd ya get so good drawing the hands of muscles of anthropomorphic characters? I've been practicing with that A LOT lately and I'm pretty rusty xC
Hi there!! Thank you so much for your question! Personally, I’m still learning a lot about arms and hands, and I would take everything I say with a grain of salt, because honestly I did some research one night when I got frustrated with my progress on both subjects, so for arms, I use the lightening bolt technique!
(There is a full video about this along with a trick for foreshadowing on arms/legs since the technique isn’t so great for that aspect, but it’s great for any drawing if you want draw arms in general! Big shout out to Sycra, they have so many helpful videos for drawing! Go check out the channel!)
So with this technique, you literally connect the dots after drawing out the general gesture of the muscles, this gives you a better sense of proportion and get a better sense of the important things to get out of from the anatomy without having to dive too deeply into the science behind it. But I’d still highly recommend looking at references and continue to practice!
The same goes for hands! Which is something I’m still struggling with! But with turtle hands, I’ve been drawing them for so long, so I feel like it’ll be okay to give out a pointer or two! Obviously, the best way to get a sense of how hands works is to sit down and sketch out our your own hand as a reference, it’s extremely helpful!
Hands are a whole different story, but if you stick with basic shapes, it’s a good start! Also, don’t be afraid to get absolutely messy with your sketches! Sometimes the best way to handle things is to scribble until it eventually looks like something! As you continue to practice, you’ll eventually learn how to get those shapes and gestures that are worth keeping when you sketch!
(Also! Thumbs can be pretty tricky to keep track of, so a good reminder is to always step back and take a look at where you’ve placed the thumb because it can be so easy to misplace it on the wrong side of the hand. Which is why it’s a good trick to use your own hands as a reference if you’re not sure!)
Anyways! I hope this was somewhat helpful to you! If not, that video will surely be able to successfully show you how to handle the lightening bolt technique! Good luck on your art journey! :)