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Drawing the Half- Figure Tutorial 1: Drawing Hands (Part 1)

teacher avatar Julia Hayes, Byzantine Iconography Tutorials

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4 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Hands 1.1 (Introduction)

    • 2. Hands 1.2

    • 3. Hands 1.3

    • 4. Hands 1.4

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In this tutorial we we learn to draw hands in several gestures



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Julia Hayes

Byzantine Iconography Tutorials


Hello, I'm Julia. I'm a South African born byzantine iconographer with 16 years experience. I live and studied iconography in Greece with teachers including master iconographer George Kordis. I have also studied Theology and done post-graduate studies in Liturgics at the University of Athens.

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This is not a standard weekend iconography workshop where you simply learn to  trace an icon and "paint-by-numbers". It was never the tradition of the Church to make "photocopies" of old icons, but sadly this modern "tradition" is destroying the creative tradition of the Church. Every period of iconography from the Comnene to the Paleologian periods to the Cretan School has it's own style within the Byzantine system of painting ... See full profile

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1. Hands 1.1 (Introduction): both into Alfio tutorial in the Siri's ongoing figure. Before we get into actually join the half figure, we're going to dedicate this lesson to drawing hands. Head gestures are very important Byzantine iconography because in many ways they talking with mouths of silence. They can denies actions, conditions, emotions, etcetera, Like many other conventional elements, used Byzantine iconography, many of the hand gestures used common to the great Roman culture of the time. They were visual language that all people understood, just as the church fathers used the philosophical terms of that time that understood but gave him a Christian content. So iconography is used the common official language of the time, many of a tree used by intermissions and artists. For example, In cycles of the enunciation, the Archangel Gabriel is depleted with his hand raising gesture that signifies the beginning of an important duration. And what could be more important than announcing the coming of Christ? So those just a shows the very act of speech? This could be seen in the oldest surviving icon of the sensation from the second century catacombs of Priscilla. This artery jester, called the extraordinary, is also probably the original source of Christ blessing below. For the Orthodox Christians, the station unmistakably shows Christ hand raised to give a blessing. The gesture is also used by clergymen base in others and in icons of the same to a bishops priests. The fingers formed the letters B Oughta Sigma Sigma, the abbreviation of a Greek for Jesus Christ, Theseus restores. So we're blessed with the name of Christ. Hang chasers could also be used to point something out in items of the sale toppers. She's often pointing to Christ, indicating that he is the way, the truth and the life hence compu raised and pray. The original form of this is the Iran's, which could be seen in France with Roman catacombs. And in the past era, one of the sale talk was found in the excellent for churches. First gesture has also been adapted to the single raised hand that we see in icons of saints ahead. Supporting the cheek is a well known gesture for expressing sorrow, pain and suffering, and originates in classical Greek art. It is often used in iPhones of the crucifixion, limitations on the omission. It can also indicate sleep when person's eyes closed, such as when the apostles were asleep when the garden is similar. But now that we've briefly discussed hand gestures, let's get onto drawing until your confidence enjoying hands from memory, it helps to pull them up in stapes. Well, first off, a simple outstretched hand with a palm facing outwards. 2. Hands 1.2: the letter of the hand is the same. Just the oval for the face. In other words, approximately 3/4 of a face well, mark off the ends of the hand and divide it into two. Now, on a normal human hand, the fingers are actually slightly shorter than the palm of the hand. But on the icon that can either be the same letters the bomb or sometimes even slightly longer, because it gives a more elegant, graceful Citi field to the I draw two lives, approximately parallel, that will converge towards the fingers. A triangle here, and it's from this triangle with fun. Come out the threat from has three parts the base stand and took, and thats upon the outer age will be starting. Conch able straight were drawn. Asymmetrical line. It's a tip of the fingers and defined fingerlike into four wants. They don't not the tip of the fingers dunk have a sharp edge like this. They come. It's a 90 degree angle and then come on like this, the third and little finger over the office as escapes more grace Today, four. The index finger can also be slightly sick, right phone, middle finger and all the fingers are divided into three seconds. It's a tip being the shortest. No exit from the small finger with a tip is actually longer. Then the two on the statements. And just when he was, make sure enjoying them with these two segments. Meat on the inside depend on the outside often, and icons the same segments will almost blend into each other in hands like this. Where's on the blessing hand? There'll be more pronounced. The second hand we're going to door is the outstretched hand with the back of a hand face in the viewer. So mark off the length of a hand it's and the third and little finger because their bait will be hidden behind others. Form a line and note that the fingernails don't come right to the end. All the finger. You don't draw the fingernails like this 3. Hands 1.3: now look at the head in the race to position with a palm facing the view, and that's a deduction off the Iran's position. We'll find that talking about my hand for a little. It's like a curved parallel mines head and to again, these fingers can be. - Yeah - and , they have the raised hand. Now look at drawing a hand holding the gospel book. We'll have the palm of our hand. Yeah, the back of a fall. We've got to leave room for the fingers to come around the gospel book so we'll have our gospel book coming around here. Okay, try and go over here. Some will come out, defines a palm four on the fingers around the gospel, - and you have a hand holding the gospel. Now we look at a similar gesture way the hand is holding onto a cross or a spear. So we have the palm of my head have the fingers that will be holding onto spear. We're coming something. Four 4. Hands 1.4: Now I'm gonna look at ablation hand where the back of the hand is facing the viewers. We don't see that the fingers behind draw a shape like those for the poem. - This finger is going to be bent over. - And this basic handphone can be adapted for some other gestures as well. The first of these gestures is hand holding either a spoon as with Ian, mostly saints where they're holding the medicine box, Miss Food or a saint was writing holding a quill. So again, Tom shaped like this in this case, So finger and the little finger bait and you have kuo you don't like it Same hand position can actually be used as well for a hand told her stuff If we have stuff usually have been icons of domestic saints coming like those way have a hand holding stuff way