After a long haitus and some discussion on how to improve this concept, the Fan Art Class is back for another semester. I would like to give a big thank you for Otis and Baroness for being the originators of this concept. Here's how this particular thread works: This thread will be setup like a real art studio/class. Every two weeks (most likely every other Sunday once we get into the swing of things) I will post a couple of photographs/images to use as a reference for sketching, drawing, painting, whatever(I would prefer if you would refrain from using Photoshop or other imaging programs. I want to keep this aimed more toward traditional art and focusing in on those skills). These images will be Star Wars-related in some way or another (this is a Star Wars board, after all). The point being to draw what you see, as if you were in a life drawing class. The medium you work in is entirely up to you, the artist. I encourage everyone to post their work here in this thread for a critique and thorough feedback. This thread is aimed at helping each and every artist, regardless of skill level, to improve. So, expect more "harsher" critiques than what you would find elsewhere on the boards. And please remember, they are about the work itself - not the artist. And just like a real art class, each submission must be posted by a certain due date. Deadlines are a big deal in the art world and they will count here as well. After the deadline for the current assignment has passed, the reference images for that time period will be taken down. The artwork submitted for the past two weeks will then be reposted for a group critique(approx. 2-3 days). Everyone is welcomed to participate in this portion of the class as long as things are kept civil. Once again, jabs at the artist themselves or comments like, "That's stupid," will not be tolerated. Warnings and bannings will be issued if things get out of hand. At the end of the critique period, new images will be put up and the process will repeat. In closing, please don't stress too much over this, just like everything else here, it is meant to be fun! [hr] Assignment Three: Hands Due Date: Monday, January 29th I've had quite a few requests to try out this topic, so I decided give it a go. I tried to collect images that had a more prominant focus on the hands. That turned out to be much harder than I first anticipated, so I did my best with what was available. Remember to try and zone in on the hands and not so much as supporting elements or liknesses(unless of course they are holding something like a lightsaber). Here are the images for this round: [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/HSolo29/lucas1.jpg]George Lucas[/link] [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/HSolo29/obi-class1.jpg]Obi-Wan Kenobi[/link] [link=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/HSolo29/lando-class1.jpg]Lando[/link] This assignment is pretty straight forward. Try to do your best with capturing the shape and proportions of the hands. This is a difficult subject matter for many, but the only sound advice I can really give is to just keep drawing them(draw them to fill your sketchbook). Eventually things will start turning out to look like an actual human hand and you'll be surprised with how much detail and information you'll retain by doing this exercise. Hopefully this assignment will be a starting point for you to try it out in the future. I do have a chart and a technical drawing of the proportions and bone structures of the hand. As soon as I track that down, I'll be sure to post that up to help you out. Feel free to use any medium and style you wish. Remember, the main goal here is to have fun! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Have fun!