Elemental construction, Continued
There is no one way to draw hands on cartoon figures. Notice how many
fingers cartoon figures have the next time you read the funny papers. Some
characters have three fingers, other characters have as many as ten. The
number of fingers is as much an element of drawing style as it is figure
action. Hands mirror emotions and punctuate expressions. Hands also
reenforce character. For example, aging hands are bony and thin, while
baby hands are pudgy. Block in the basic shape of the hand using the four
basic shapes. The basic form is a hinged two-piece element with the thumb
added as an extension. Exaggerate and detail the hands and fingers after you
have them positioned and proportioned correctly.
Figure 4-27 shows fundamental forms detailed into hands.
Figure 4-27.Basic forms detailed into hands.
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