The idea for the drawing above, which I made for Greg’s Valentine card, is something I plagiarized from one I made five years ago. For that drawing, done with a fountain pen, I sketched my right hand from life, then mentally mirrored it to draw the left hand (you can read the post from 2014 to learn the surprising challenges I encountered).
My intention was to do the same thing this time, but working with graphite takes much longer than pen and ink, so my hand started cramping up. (The experience made me appreciate life-drawing models even more, especially their ability to hold poses for any length of time.) I had to resort to working from photos.
Happy Valentine’s Day!