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Art Lessons: Mother's Portrait

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right now we're going to get into a
portrait of hands.
And these are actually my mothers hands.
They're beautiful because they look like
[LAUGH] No seriously, there are really,
really nice looking hands.
And like I said, you know, everyone always
concentrates on oh, the portrait,
the portrait, the portrait.
You gotta get the expression because the
eyes are the window to the soul, but
in reality, there's something so beautiful
and captivating about the hands.
Because the hands actually have the
essence of the soul in them as well.
Like I said before, the hands do not lie.
They tell the truth.
Sometimes you can, you can, you can lie
with your eyes.
You can lie with your face.
But your hands.
Everything really exists in your hands,
there's a lot of emotion in your hands.
So doesn't matter where you start when you
draw the hands
there's certain, certain things that will
help us,
guide us through drawing of hands, but
everyone could do this.
Everyone could learn how to draw the
And I’m gonna go ahead and just attempt a
quick portrait of those beautiful hands.
There’s no rules.
So I just like how this finger goes that
I could just feel, I could just feel her
And then it comes down.
Down here, it wraps around beautifully
in the nail, nails right here.
We're always thinking sculpturally, always
drawing around the form.
Getting a little bit here, here.
As I draw the indentations, it's going
Overlap of that webbing.
That finger's going way this way.
We're going,
always drawing around the form.
Around the form is seeing,
around the form and
this skin is pulling, pulling.
And pulling.
Pulling, see her knuckles and the skin in
those knuckles.
This finger is kinda sitting behind here,
so really seeing
this hand in front of here, this hand
behind, and that skin.
That nail is in here, wrapping around.
You can see a little bit of that
skin coming down, and up.
You're always gonna.
Your taking little measurements with your
It comes all the way back,
and that's skin wraps,
wraps around like that.
And that, that, that pinky feels very
It doesn't really look like her pinky.
So let's make that kind of adjustments
Sometimes you just really.
Just have to make that adjustment.
I think it's that right there.
This feels like her.
Remember those knuckles kinda.
Those, that skin is, kind of bends and
wraps around.
So always just thinking about the forms,
the way they move.
That this is sculpturally wrapping around.
The skin is wrapping around.
And has so much personality.
And then there's the bone.
Right here, you could see the bone there.
But here is the padding and the muscles.
And here I'll, all this here.
Where the thumb is is all webbing.
See all this webbing in here, right here?
That's kind of.
That's all the webbing here.
And what.
What is in a hand as Shakespeare said.
I know he didn't say that.
What is in a name?
But he meant hand.
He really did.
Oftentimes Shakespeare didn't really know
what he was talking about.
He meant what is in a hand?
Beautiful hands, mom.
Good job.
Sometimes you can't talk to your models
like you know them.
Other times, you really can.
So, this fabric is pulling this way,
pulling down, coming up and around.
Like that.
So, there's a lot of stuff going on.
A lot of stuff going on.
This hand comes up here, down.
This kind of winds up here, down.
See the knuckle here.
So tense.
Wrapping around.
Kind of like, you know,
starting to get this really interesting.
Understanding of, what's going on with
that hand and
feeling the knuckles here, you can see a
little bit of darkness on that side.
Knuckles traverse back and if you're gonna
paint this,
the knuckles would be a little bit more on
the red side.
See a lot of blood there.
You can just get a little value here,
just to show that the knuckles are a
little bit more red.
Even in that thumb here.
Oh, how I wanna see that thumb, is really
feel the pull of the skin wrapping around.
Just taking measurements of where that
other arm crosses.
If I drew a straight line down, it's gonna
be around here.
Just knowing that that goes back in space.
And this is coming
round like that.
But just kind of to give some context for
those hands.
That this hand here is on the corner where
that knee is.
It's pulling back, pulling down her leg.
Her knee is here.
And I could see this quickly blocking an
Anyway, just kinda giving a context for.
That hand.
Thinking about the composition, but just
wanted to show you a little portrait of
how beautiful hands can be by themselves.
And, and I get a little value right on
those knuckles.
A tiny bit.
I'm just gonna kinda glaze it over just a
little bit,
cuz I almost feel like I want there to be
I want there to be a temperature.
I want there to be a understanding that
the blood is closer to the surface
than the knuckles.
And yeah.
There you go, you frame it out and those
are my moms hands.
What do you think?
>> Wonderful.
>> No.
>> Beautiful hands.
>> I, but you said wonderful, like, you
think of me, but-
>> Yeah.
>> My hand-
>> That too.
>> No, it's-
>> [LAUGH].
>> Thank you.
Great model.