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How To Draw Hands

Learn to sketch hands with expression and individuality and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of drawing one the body’s most complex forms.


  • Step 1: Draw lines across the palms. Add half nails at the lower tip of the thumb.
  • Step 2: Erase your original guidelines and add shading to shadowed areas to create depth and character.
  • FACT: Did you know? The human hand has 27 bones including 14 phalanges, eight carpals and five metacarpals.
  • TIP: Look closely at your own hands to observe joint positioning and movement, and remember that hands differ in shape and size.
  • Step 3: Round the finger, thumb, and palm forms, defining the three sections of each finger and the joints connecting fingers to the palm.
  • TIP: The hand has three basic parts – palm, fingers, and thumb.
  • Step 4: Sketch one arc across the fingertips, two more across the finger knuckles, and a fourth where the fingers meet the palm to define the hand’s basic proportion.
  • Step 5: Draw a circle to represent the palm. Add four ovals of differing lengths, slightly offset, extending from the top of the circle for fingers and a fifth oval just overlapping the outside edge of the circle to represent a thumb.

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