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Portfolio Hand Drawing 1 by AlexanderHenderson Portfolio Hand Drawing 1 by AlexanderHenderson
For my animation portfolio I had to create two drawings of hands carrying out an action. For my action, I chose a hand turning a screwdriver.
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shehryar150 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
What dimensions did you use to draw this? 
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JeyGeeky Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I also am looking to get into Sheridan for animation and I am having such a hard time with the room drawing and hands.
For the hand drawings what are the pin points where you put your boxes other than the palm and wrist? is it better to use circles for the joints?

Also would you recommend leaving the boxes visible like you have done here or make them a little bit more opaque like I've seen some others do.

Any tips would be great!
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hey there! Thats awesome to hear you'e applying to sheridan. Hands are definitely tricky. Back when making these I used box like structures to help plan out the volumes, since its a bit easier to get a sense of depth than with circles. I broke them up into boxes at each joint. 

I'd say leave your structural drawings in with your cleanup to give the faculty a sense of your process and understanding of the forms. Another alternative to boxes could be roughly blocky in the anatomical structure. I hope that was helpful, if you have any other questions please feel free to let me know.
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JeyGeeky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will try this is my next drawing! Thank you!!
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emmajune23 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Hi! How do you go about drawing the hands? I can't seem to figure it out.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hey there, sorry for the late reply. Hands are definitely tricky, and at the risk of sounding cliche the best way to get better at drawing them is practice. I find it helps to use boxes to help with the underlying structure, and then build the details upon that.
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CreativeCountryGirl5 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Wonderful work! Can you check out some of my portfolio works on my deviant profile and give some feedback, it would be very much appreciated
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
Sure, is there anything in particular that you would like me to look at, and is there something in particular that you are applying for? I notice you've got mostly life drawing in your portfolio, which is a good thing to have, but I'd just think I need a bit more info about what you're trying to do so I can critique it better.
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CreativeCountryGirl5 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I am applying for animation and illustration at Sheridan almost everything I have posted is for one of my two portflios except the digital paintings and the definite concept art. I'm just basically looking for someone to tell me if they are strong enough for portfolio use, what to fix (shading, cropping etc.) and things of the sort. I would like to thank you for taking the time to view my art and read my comment :) thanks so much.
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AlexanderHenderson Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
Alright, well I'm an animation student so I'm not really sure how illustration portfolios are judged. Based on what's required for the sheridan portfolio I would say that your hand drawing one is probably the strongest piece. The object drawing one is working too, but you may want to go over it again and punch up the perspective, some of the ellipses feel a bit off. But there is a nice sense of story there.

For life drawing just remember to focus on showing structure instead of shading, and make sure you show the whole body including hands and face. Demonstrate that you understand anatomy. This can also be done by including muscle studies as personal pieces (I noticed you had one). There was one full body life drawing of a horse you had there, if you're going to use that one I would suggest watching the proportions and anatomy, as I feel they could be improved. 

And yeah, that's pretty much all the tips I have, if you have any more specific questions please feel free to let me know. 
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