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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Thoughts on hand poses

Hand poses can be one of the most important tools that the animator has to communicate attitude. They also can be some of the most difficult to master. If that weren't enough, computer animation allows for ugly hand poses never before possible in hand drawn animation. A few years ago I scribbled out a few do's and don'ts of hand posing. I don't know what happend to those drawings, but I was searching on Google images and found them. Click the images for larger versions. Apologies for the illegibility of my handwriting.

Dr. A


Blogger Me said...

Why only 3 fingers and a thumb?

1:34 PM

Blogger Scott said...

Great stuff!

6:56 AM

Blogger Ali said...

Awesome stuff!

8:43 PM

Blogger Ken Turner said...

very helpful HAND-outs.....nice stuff...later edweird

9:51 PM

Blogger Jeremy said...

This is excellent! My old layout supervisor use to say that the hands are as important as the face for expression and he would let me know when a hand was poorly drawn(even when there was no time to fix it). I thank him to this day for harping on the fundamentals. Thanks again for the reminder! Great work and I'm off to study more hands

9:32 AM

Blogger Adam of the Redwoods said...

I totally agree that computer animation has had some ugly hand poses in the past. I'm glad there are aniamtors out there who take note to these details!

8:52 AM

Anonymous said...

This won't actually have effect, I suppose like this.

6:55 AM

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