Drawing Hands – Quick Tips And Advices
For many artists (myself included) drawing hands can be the most challenging aspect of figure drawing. The hand is an extremely complex area and drawing it is a subject of study all by itself.
There are many great books devoted to this topic and I highly recommend that you explore them.
I’ve gathered what I have learned over the years, and narrowed it down to 5 Critical tips to keep in mind to produce a more realistic hand. The items in this list are actually quite simple (and they were meant to be) but many beginners still miss them.
If you just keep these details in mind while you work, your sketches will show immediate improvement.
Here we go…
Common Mistakes To Avoid When Drawing Hands
1) Hands are NOT made up of straight lines, fingers are NOT parallel to each other, knuckles DON’T line up in a row, and the edges of the hand are NOT straight and parallel.
Instead the finger tips and the knuckles form an arch across the hand. Also the figures bend slightly toward the space between the Middle Finger and the Ring Finger. This subtle detail will add life to your drawing hands efforts.
2) The palm of the hand consists of 3 meaty parts: 1) One is at the base of the thumb, 2) the other lies at the base of the pinky. 3) And the third takes the shape of a row and sits just underneath the knuckle
3) The skin web between the fingers should be a “U” shape instead of a “V” shape or a flat line.
4) Even when the hand is relaxed, the fingers are never in a straight line, they always curve slightly towards the palm no matter how gravity is pulling on them. This is how the hand naturally behaves; be sure to capture this when drawing hands.
5) When drawing the back side of the hand, always remember to include these 3 things:
- the knuckles
- the veins
- the wrinkles at the joints of the finger
If you liked this article…or didn’t like it…or thought I left some thing out, please leave a comment below and tell me about it and what else you’d like to know about drawing hands.
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Thank you for these wonderful tips! It is a great refresher. 🙂
Very easy method of teaching figure drawing and perspective drawing
Thanks a lot .
I enjoy watching your videos
Very nice tips, and easy to remember. Thanks
Thanks Ethan you have helped me heaps i go to taff for figure drawing but i have learnt more
from your lessons
love your videos thanks
Thanks for all the great drawing tips, every one of them will be put to good use. You are helping me become a more well rounded drawer.
I love to draw hands. So easy to do when you just use your own as the model..It really does take some practice to make them look real and relaxed.j
somehow i never got to learn the basics of drawing – i skipped drawing 101 and 102 – big mistake. now because of you, i am beginning to understand some of the rules and details. thank you for being generous with your knowledge.
Awesome! Your very welcome, Lisa. Hope you get a lot of the of the lessons on this site.
i draw the hands after i draw the shape of the hand as a mitten and just add the fingers. or straight lines then curve arround them