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Hand Study Angle Chart 2 by Shadowcross Hand Study Angle Chart 2 by Shadowcross
When building animation assets, you'll discover that the number of drawings you end up with can easily overwhelm you if you do have them properly organized. The best way I've learned to keep drawings from getting lost in the shuffle is to embrace a very strict naming convention. By now, I'm sure you noticed that each illustration has a label on it; those are how I name them.

0F is the front angle, and 4B is the back angle. 1Q is the three-quarter front-right angle, 3Q is the three-quarter back-right angle, 5Q is the three-quarter back-left angle, and 7Q is the three-quarter front-left angle. 2S is the side-right angle, and 6S is the side-left angle.

The next letter identifies which shape series these drawings are in (in this case the full closed fist, represented with the letter B), The number 01 is the neutral, straight angle, while 02 and 03 are tilted in and out respectively. The one identified as 04 is the bottom angle.

Feel free to use this as a reference for your projects. Even trace it if you want (tracing DOES help beginners improve). Just remember to credit me in your comments and link back to either this deviation or my account page.

Hand Study Angle Chart 1
Hand Study Angle Chart 3
Hand Study Angle Chart 4
Hand Study Angle Chart 5
Hand Study Angle Chart 6
Hand Study Angle Chart 7
Hand Study Angle Chart 8
Shoe Study Angle Chart

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Toonboom Animate 2 Pro

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Debit Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice layout!

I would add that, in figure drawing, the hands and the feet are perhaps the most difficult to draw, because they contain so many joints, resulting in numerous positional possibilities. (By contrast, the face has much smaller possibilities; if an artist can render basic facial expressions and shading, then he is pretty much set.) The positional possibilities expand even further if the hand is holding one or more objects. :+fav:
Tarashima Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
It's definitely something you don't say (or hear) every day, but gawd, what a magnificent watermark you got! Really unique and the perfect example of non-steal-able-isch (tha *beep* is the word again?) art online :D
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
RosiArts Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
This is quite usefull >3< thanks for sharing such stuff!
Dee-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Student General Artist
This can really come in handy for me.  Thanks! :)
Khaetek Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god.. that pun..
Dee-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't think I was trying to make that pun XD
Khaetek Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
surrreee. xDD made me laugh though, so I dont care! lol
iAmAneleBiscarra Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very efficient!!!
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