I wasn’t pleased with the odd placement of the fingers when I was drawing the sketch, but I wanted a challenge to improve my hand sketches. Learn from the masters. In Self-portraits: from the fifteenth century to the present day by Angus Malcolm there is a self portrait of Reubens with his wife. When I saw the painting today, I exclaimed, “That’s the hand I drew!” or something like it. And now I know that all my hand needed was a sword hilt to rest on (and to be looked at upside down).

100_0027 hand like Reubens

Self-portraits: from the fifteenth century to the present day. 1st ed. by Angus Malcolm. Published 1963 by Appleton-Century in New York (ebook available for lending from Open Library with a free library account)

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