More on hands

Many years ago having qualified as an ITEC Aestheticienne Internationale I found that I was more interested in the human form, particularly the science and construction of our bodies, as opposed to the practise of beauty therapy. 

I’m sketching a series of hand drawings, both of the full hand and smaller zoomed in areas. I’m seeing a relationship  between the textures within our bodies:
hard bones, soft tissue, muscle and sinews, elastic skin, wrinkles, crumples, movable joints, hair, nails, the soft stickiness of tears , the tiny taste buds lining our tongues.
and the content of my art workroom:
shiny, fluffy, matt, corded, thick, thin, lumpy threads & yarns, thick textural furnishing fabrics, flat smooth cottons, hand dyed silks, organzas, sheers and bags of remnants which hold all sorts of surprises, handmade and commercial papers of differing colours, thicknesses and surface finish, metal shims and meshes, clay, buttons, zippers, fibreglass, beads of every type,  jewellery findings.

Hand bones
Bones of the hand, fingers and lower arm.

This picture is very basic, only showing the outlines of the bones.  However, I’m drawn to that very simplicity.  The clean lines, the uncluttered visual aspect.  Looking at my own sketches the ones I prefer are the two stylized drawings.  I’m already learning something about myself.

Ann Eaton & Florence Openshaw, Cosmetic Make-Up & Manicure, Longman Scientific & Technical, UK 1989. Page 198.


Hair close up

Close up of single terminal hair (scalp hair).


Just look at the amazing texture of a single hair.  This picture shows the cuticle bands very clearly.  They look like layers of plate coral you would find on the Great Barrier Reef.

Ruth Bennett, The Science of Beauty Therapy, Hodder & Stoughton, UK 1990, Page 62.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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