My daughter, Grasshopper and Sensei, wants to go to art school after she graduates from high school so I’ve been hard at work trying to figure out how that works.
Step 1: Meet with a college counselor specializing in art colleges. She works with art college counselor, Jeanette Nyberg of Tiny Rotten Peanuts who attended Rhode Island School of Design.
Step 2: Win art competitions.
Step 3: Attend high school summer programs at art colleges you are considering.
Step 4: Develop excellent technical drawing skills. Render beautiful and realistic hands, faces, and feet for your portfolio.
My daughter has been working on eyes which she drew in large-scale when she attended a vacation week at Mass College of Art.
I love her drawings and today I’m going to use drawing studies by John Singer Sargent to help her understand how to draw hands and feet that I found in the Rotunda at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
I love how John Singer Sargent can capture the form and muscles with just a minimum of strokes. Notice how he uses broken lines to find the form. Some lines are darker than others which helps to show the illusion of shadows. He also uses minimum lines to shade but the muscles are still quite distinct. You can tell that these were quick sketches.
With feet, notice how he finds the shape of the toes hanging off a step. The foot is foreshortened — a tricky concept to capture — and he uses a minimum of lines and cross hatching to render the shapes into three dimensions. Masterful!
The hands look huge here, don’t they? Is it to show that the hands of the devil are oversized and therefore not human? The lower drawing really captures the clutching motion the hand is making. Ccan you feel the muscles straining to hold on?
These two drawings capture movement and muscles. I think he had a live model posing for him, don’t you? Notice how he first starts with the blocky shapes of the hand in the upper drawing. The second drawing has the details of the fingers.
In this full body drawing, the hands and feet are well rendered but the position of the hands and feet make it tricky to capture.
Rodin sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Here’s a 14 minute video on drawing hands that details the three steps of drawing a realistic hand.
Here’s a 23 minute video on how to draw feet (Part I).
This is my Art for Kids Pinterest board where I save art projects and drawing techniques for my daughter.