Thursday, January 26, 2012
New born hands are precious and at the same time ugly--bluish, pinkish, amazingly wrinkled twig-like forms with long skinny fingers topped with teeny tiny fingernails that need cutting but nobody wants to do it for fear of making them bleed. This drawing is a first get-acquainted effort.
Johnny Otis's Willy and the Hand Jive seemed silly in 1958. The tune made this seventeen year old crack up trying to follow along with the do-wah sisters. Years later, I need to seriously jive with these hands a drawing or two more, before moving on to the full figure. The expressiveness of the drawing is in these tiny hands.
NOTE: Johnny Otis passed away six days ago in California at the age of 90. Jivin' with his hands tickled him a nice long life. Laughter is key.