Step by step: how to draw hands and feet

Course Dates: 27/05/21 - 17/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
This online course will break down the complex forms of the hands and feet into easily manageable forms and shapes allowing you to confidently draw these challenging subjects.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00

Course Code: VO217

Thu, eve, 27 May - 17 Jun '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This course is for anyone that has struggled or struggles with drawing the hands and feet. These forms are often overlooked due to their complexities but, by mastering the underlying structure using a combination of easy-to-understand anatomical references, examples by master artists and high-quality reference images you will soon be able to confidently draw these. Working from both reference images, your own photographs and from life, you will gain ultimate confidence in drawing hands and feet.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Understanding the anatomy of the forms is key to successfully drawing both hands and feet. You will start each form by looking at the major anatomical landmarks of the bone structure and then the muscle groups. Knowing the anatomy of forms is one thing but putting it into practical artistic use is another and so we will take this anatomy and simplify it into big forms that will allow you to create big simple shapes that you will then use to build the smaller ones in to.
Learning how to draw forms is only part of the problem the other part is to translate this into a piece of art and so we will look at how master artists have used their knowledge of anatomy to create their works of art, and after these master copies we will use high quality photo references to work on our own drawings.

Lesson 01: The hands - Anatomy and their construction
Lesson 02: The hands - Learning from the masters
Lesson 03: The feet - Anatomy and their construction
Lesson 04: The feet - Learning from the masters.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify and explain the basic anatomy of the hands and feet.
- Break down complex forms into simple shapes that support the ability to draw.
- Draw with confidence big forms and work into drawing to build complexity.
- Discuss the work of several masters and explain techniques and approaches to drawing both hands and feet.
- Self-critique and problem solve your own drawings.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to complete beginners, those returning to the subject and those with experience of drawing that wish to improve their approach to drawing hands and feet.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught through live online sessions and tutor demonstrations, supported by referecne files and resources through googleclassroom. You will receive group and 1:1 guidence and feedback throughout the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please ensure you have a suitable working space to be able to draw. Your tutor will discuss how to set-up and arrange your work space. Please bring with you the following:
- Good quality graphite pencils (ranging from B - 4B)
- Cartridge paper (A4 - A2 depending on space)
- Charcoal pencils (ranging from B – 4B)

Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need at 15% off.

To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation. The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here-

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue your online drawing adventure with our range of workshops and longer online courses in drawing. Ready to move into painting? Visit for a full list of our courses.

Chris Gray

Having completed his studies at Falmouth University of the Arts Chris devoted the next 10 years honing his traditional drawing and painting skills, focusing on portraiture, figure, landscape and still life painting across the mediums of charcoal, oil, pastel and intaglio printmaking. He received the prestigious De Lazlo Foundation Scholarship which enabled him to study at London Fine Art Studios (one of only two studios in London teaching the traditional craft of drawing and painting within the atelier setting) where he then after only 3 years because a senior teacher and has continued to teach. He also teaches extensively 1-2-1 and small to medium groups both in studio and online, a regular associate lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts and City literary institute. During his career so far Chris has: won multiple awards including the “One to watch” young artist of the year at the Federation of British Artists Futures show for outstanding British graduates, The John Purcell paper award and the young artist of the year at the Pastel society.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.