- 3 hours of feet, 2-15 min. drawings
- 3 hours of hands, 2-15 min. drawings
We recommend making the hands and feet in your drawings at least life size or larger.
timed drawing videos
Our timed drawing exercises videos make drawing even easier: each video plays 2 min. poses of hands and feet for 1 hour. Draw along as each pose plays with a timer you can see throughout the video. See our full list of timed drawing videos here.
Use any traditional or digital art medium. For traditional media, try to avoid media that don’t allow for a range of widths in your marks, like a mechanical pencil or ballpoint pen.
Drawing media like Conté à Paris Crayons are helpful because you can draw with the tip for thin lines and the side for broader strokes of tone.
Visit these pages for specific supply lists: colored pencil, conté crayon, graphite, soft pastel, oil pastel, pencil, charcoal. Explore a comprehensive list of all drawing supplies in Part 1 of our Drawing Curriculum.
Recommended traditional art media
Artistic Anatomy Lecture: Hands
This video provides a comprehensive explanation of the structure of the human hand. It explains how to subdivide the hand into its major parts. These large sections of the hand are then broken down into smaller forms, including the metacarpals, phalanges, the wrist, and more. Lecture by Art Prof Clara Lieu.
Artistic Anatomy Lecture: Feet
This video comprehensively explains the anatomical structure of the feet, with an emphasis on the bones. Bones and landmarks covered include Achilles tendon, calcaneus, phalanges, metatarsals, wrinkles, and veins. Other topics, such as how the stance of the feet affect the entire gesture of a figure, are also explored. Lecture by Art Prof Clara Lieu.
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