If there’s anything that any artist has troubles with when he or she first
starts drawing, a large amount of them would have to say
“Hands.” And with good reasoning–the hands look different from
almost every angle, and are so technical. Luckily, you and I have two
good models to pose for you when drawing, your left and right hand. (If
you don’t have two hands and you’re drawing, more power to you.)
Although for most people, drawing and looking at their hands at the same time
is pretty hard. If you have a simple digital camera you can use that, or
you can look for the pose you’re trying to draw on Google.
of the Hand
The hand is a bit complicated in that each finger moves in
Granted, that’s in pen, and my example to the left is in pencil, I have
First off, where the palm of the hand ends, and where the fingers begin is
Secondly, each finger is a different size. It tends to be that the
And finally, take some time on the hands. Try to make the fingers
Step by Step
When you draw hands, it’s easier to use models as your reference.
Models can be found anywhere from internet searches to your own two
hands. The references I use below come from Wynd‘s gallery of hands.
(Thanks for letting me use it.)
|Step||Easy Example||Harder Example|
Find a reference to work off of. It can be a photo, somebody else,
Stake out the grounds. Create the basic shape of the hand.
Using the sticks drawn in the previous step, extend the lines to
Build off of the base you created. Pay close attention to the detail
Work off of that rough sketch. Ink it, color it, whatever.
Take your time, and you’ll get where you want to go. It takes a lot of
skill and years of practice to become good enough to not need a reference.
No tutorial will help you with that. Just doodle hands every chance you
get and you’ll learn enough about hands to draw them with ease. Just keep
a big eraser nereby.