An artist I admire & thoughts on RA’s hands


I’ve long been fond of the works of the late MC Escher, a Dutch graphic artist known for bringing a mathematical sensibility to his creations, which often featured optical illusions with a surreal quality about them.  So I loved this play on his famous drawing “Hands.”

I would love to have the opportunity to draw Mr. Armitage’s hands, other than simply from photos. Hands are tricky to draw, which makes it all the more satisfying when you get it right. His are so elegant, the hands of a musician (one can easily imagine him drawing his bow across the strings of his cello or holding his flute as he plays), an artist (think of Monet painting with feverish intensity in his passion to capture the light).

Escher had no mathematical training and in fact, was a poor student in school. But he had a natural affinity for math as he did for drawing. His understanding was intuitive and resulted in some unforgettable artwork.  Not so unlike RA’s own intuitive approach to characters that goes beyond the classroom training he received in drama school.

More Escher.

Escher’s self-portrait.

One of Escher’s most famous works, “Relativity.”

I need to let you all know it now appears, barring a miracle, that I won’t be going to Comic-Con after all. A few of you know the reason why. I don’t mean to be oblique but it is a difficult  subject for me at present, as you might expect, and  it’s something I do not desire to discuss here on the blog. Don’t worry, I haven’t suddenly discovered I have an inoperable tumor or anything like that.  


 I know many of you were very excited at the prospect of this adventure for me and I appreciate it more than you can know.

Please– feel free to comment on the post itself, but Comic-Con is off-limits here on the blog for now. Thanks for your understanding. And thanks for your support of the blog.  I may have some enemies, but I think I have even more good, strong, and true friends.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

13 responses »

  1. I, too, appreciate Escher. Ever read “Goedel Escher Bach”? It can be a bit heavy going, but fascinating.

    Yeah, friends you have, right here and ready to stand by you.

    • Ditto what Leigh said at the end of her comment! But Angie, you gave me the fright of my life! When I first glanced at the text at the end of you post, I thought you had a tumour! Then I read the post properly and went “pheeeww”…

  2. I have never heard of Escher before but wow! I have always, always wanted to draw and paint like a real artist. My grandfather had this ability although he was never trained. Drawing this exquisitely is a talent I do not have and will always wish I did.

    I have been out of the loop for the last month with all sorts of drama, some exciting, but mostly not taking place in my life. But whatever, at least Richard Armitage is still gorgeous and beautiful and elegant and a great actor so some things have not changed. lol

    I will permit myself to mention it here though I do understand it is off limits. Just want to say, worry not dear Angie, there will be other opportunities to meet His Royal Gorgeousness.

  3. I have never heard of Escher either so thanks for sharing some of his work with us. I love these drawings! What’s the title of the book from which you can learn to draw using the right side of your brain? Can’t remember…

  4. The last picture was familiar to me from somewhere long ago, but recently a Sixth grade teacher introduced me to the works of this artist via a calendar which I laminated for him. His work is truly amazing.

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