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.