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Let your hands do the talking

Sometimes a gesture says more than a thousand words… 

Sketches done in dip pen and ink(colour island coffee), with a wash, in moleskine.


33 responses

  1. lin

    Ronell! These are FABULOUS!!! I just LOVE the wash in them — and the gestures — incredible!!! BRAVA, mia cara!! These are really so so well done!

    April 28, 2008 at 6:25 pm

  2. You are funny – that’s wonderful! I haven’t learnt to talk with my hands yet. Or sketch hands as well as you!

    April 28, 2008 at 7:13 pm

  3. I love this whole series. Something so common and yet grouping them with a purpose is wonderful.

    April 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm

  4. Talk about “kicking it up a notch!” You’ve taken the common sketch exercise of drawing our hand and given it a whole new dimension — these are FANTASTIC!!

    April 28, 2008 at 7:54 pm

  5. E-J

    These are terrific, Ronell! The drawings are even more expressive than the gestures! I wouldn’t have imagined I could enjoy your work so much without the juicy colour I’m used to seeing in it, but your recent sepia/coffee sketches are top notch.

    April 28, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  6. these are great!

    is it a watercolour moleskine?

    April 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm

  7. Great study! I love all of them…though you forgot one hand signal I often see coming from cars…especially honking ones 🙂

    April 28, 2008 at 9:39 pm

  8. Marvellous! When are you going to do the book?

    April 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm

  9. sandy

    Yes, good hand espressions, especially those of a woman – and add in a certain “eye” contact and you have spoken volumes – GREAT hand sketches and the washes bring it Home!! And through it all, you have remained a Lady

    April 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm

  10. How fabulously lively!

    April 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

  11. Really strong gestures, and great washes!

    April 28, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  12. I am loving your body drawings – your life drawings are wonderful too. BTW I turned off the “related posts” feature of wordpress too – so annoying for carefully crafted blogs.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:12 am

  13. GREAT hands!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:25 am

  14. betty wilkins

    These are beautiful and expressive hands. Just wonderful with the washes!!!

    April 29, 2008 at 1:44 am

  15. Wonderfully expressive, Ronell!

    April 29, 2008 at 3:51 am

  16. Top Notch!!! Love ’em, Ronell!

    April 29, 2008 at 6:54 am

  17. Great this post. Hands that talk.

    April 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm

  18. caseytoussaint

    Well done Ronell! These are so expressive, and you picked exactly the right medium.

    April 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm

  19. These are really expressive illustrations. Your illustrations manage to have such life in them!

    April 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm

  20. hfm

    How the hands can speak! lovely!

    April 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm

  21. This is so original. Love your figure paintings too.

    April 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm

  22. bec

    Very expressive hands here Ronell!!

    May 1, 2008 at 3:27 am

  23. These are GREAT! You’ve got the wash just right.

    May 1, 2008 at 9:09 am

  24. Fabulous hands, Ronell – can see also in your self-portraits on the right, they play a big part in expressing yourself!

    May 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm

  25. joan sandford-Cook

    Most expressive – love the use of sepia type ink. Must comment on the ironing humerous cartoons – really made me laugh as I never iron anything unless I have to – just smooth after grabbing out of the tumble drier!! .. unfortunately summer is on the way and I have cotton clothes which will need some effort on my part to look decent. Like the sponteneity of your work.

    May 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm

  26. Fantastic hands Ronell!

    May 5, 2008 at 11:18 pm

  27. luci

    Love them talking hands 🙂

    May 5, 2008 at 11:21 pm

  28. I think there was more than just the hand talking here. Great pen work!

    May 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm

  29. I love these! You completely conveyed the expressive nature of hands. fabulous!

    May 7, 2008 at 12:47 am

  30. mARTa

    These are wonderful Ronell! I don’t think in the US we use many hand gestures (except explicit ones). I love the ink washes. We will begin ink next week in figure class, I’m so excited about that! I have begun playing with Walnut Ink…I like it!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:58 pm

  31. Wonderful hand sketches, Ronell! I love the colour ~ 🙂

    May 13, 2008 at 9:58 am

  32. Tonniece

    Hi Ronell

    I think I have used a few of these gestures quite often at some point in the last few months.
    As you know I love hand sketches, and these wonderful.

    May 17, 2008 at 1:48 pm

  33. Great sketches! These gestures are so well caught…

    May 24, 2008 at 11:56 am

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