Hands, it has often been said, denote a person's character almost as much as the face.
Study your sitter's hands, give them something to do, so that they do not look as though they have been left lying there in the lap.
Remember to construct them well, arrange them so that they don't appear stiff, so that they form a pleasant shape in themselves, and above all don't skimp the amount of work you expend on them.
A good deal of valuable knowledge can be gained by drawing your own hand in different positions and in front of a mirror.
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HOW TO DRAW PEOPLE:
Introduction to Drawing People
Materials Needed to Draw People
The Essentials of Drawing People
Posing the Sitter for a Portrait
Composition for a Portrait
How to Draw Hands
How to Show Age and Character
How to Convey Emotions
Using Planes to Render People
Using Humor to Show Character
Examples of Portraits: Mother
Examples of Portraits: Brother
Examples of Portraits: Little Brother
Examples of Portraits: Uncle
Drawing Groups of People
Line Drawings of People
Watercolors of People