'Clara', pastel sketch

‘Clara’, pastel sketch

Grasping that including hands to portraits adds more character to the portrait. I hear it’s also true of hats, scarves, tools, flowers, jewelry.

But it’s NOT always easy to get your subject to cooperate with the plan. But Clara did and to great effect. Do you see the added emphasis on her confidence and strength with her hand here?

Here’s how she might seem without the hand included.

Clara without her hand showing

Clara without her hand showing