Forming the Hands

The hands are also organic, but the Hicks character is wearing fingerless gloves, so you won't need too much detail for the palms. Again, this is just an extrusion process. Like the beginning of the arms on the torso, you'll have to knock out polygons to create the openings for the five fingers. It will also help you to visualize the hands as you model using your own hands as a reference.

1. Continue extruding the wrist, shaping the palm as I did in Figure 3.25 (left). After you've

Figure 3.24 Continue extruding the forearm up to the wrist. Because the sketches don't depict intricate detail, you'll have to make many extrusions, carefully adjusting each one, using your own forearm or pictures of a real forearm for a decent reference.

extruded up to the base of the fingers, select polygons in Polygon Edit mode and delete them. On the right side of Figure 3.25, I moved around vertices in Vertex Edit mode, rounding the openings of the fingers. When I was satisfied, I applied a Cap Holes modifier to seal the finger openings in preparation for extruding the fingers.

2. Extrude the fingers using the background sketch as a reference. Looking at Figure 3.26 (left), I've initially extruded a thick base representing the end of the glove and then continued to the tips of the fingers.

3. The thumb is a bit more difficult because it's not a straight shot and has a thick base. Use your own hand as a reference. Figure 3.27 depicts the end result of the finger extrusions I did, thus completing the hand.

Figure 3.26 Extrude the fingers using the background sketch as a reference.

Figure 3.25 Extrude the wrist to form the palm, scaling and rotating segments as you go. In Polygon Edit mode, select polygons to represent the base of the fingers and delete them. Move around vertices to round out these shapes.

Figure 3.26 Extrude the fingers using the background sketch as a reference.

Figure 3.27 The completed hand. The thumb was a bit more difficult because it has the classic opposing angles compared to the rest of the fingers. I used my own hand as a reference.

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