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How to Draw Hands with Basic Shapes


How to Draw Hands

Are you one of those people that absolutely loathes drawing hands?  Do you hide the hands in a drawing in pockets or behind the behind the person's back?  There's no reason to approach drawing hands like that. It's true that most people believe that hands are some of the hardest things to draw.  NOT SO!  I'll be honest, drawing hands is difficult when you don't know what to look for.  But when you know how to look for specific shapes, they are a lot easier to draw.  Drawing hands, or anything else for that matter is as easy as drawing some simple shapes. I'm talking square and triangle simple.


Shapes that Make up the Hand

Look at your own hand.  If you look at the basic shape of the palm of the hand, you'll notice that it makes the shape of a square.  This square can change a bit when the hand is in a different position, but its still there.  You can almost think of the the square that makes up the palm of your hand as sheet of paper.  A sheet of paper is rectangular in shape but it can be bent and can appear curved at certain angles.  The shape that is created where the palm meets the thumb of the hand is a triangle.  Here again, this triangle shape can change a bit when viewed from different angles, but its still there.  You just have to know to look for that shape.   Then it's on to the fingers.  The shape of a finger is simply a cylinder.  The main fingers are made up of three small cylinders, while the thumb will only have two. 

Remember, by changing the angle of the hand, the shapes may change a little- but they're still there.  You need only to train your eye to find the shapes that make up the structure of the hand.  Fortunately, these shapes are easy to draw.

After you've drawn the shapes of the hand, draw the contour lines.  Use the shapes as a guide.  (Make sure your proportions are correct.)  Once the shapes are there on the surface, drawing the outlines is a lot easier.  This allows you to concentrate on the lines that you add to the drawing.  Be sure to draw the lines with consideration to line quality.  Add variety to your line and push the illusion of form through the marks that you make.

Next, add value by creating the illusion of a light source on the hands that you've drawn.  Make sure to include a full range a value when you draw those hands.  The value will help define the form of the hands.

Nothing drives me crazier than to see a student draw a figure drawing and hide the hands!  There's no need for that!  Check out the video below and the drawings of the hands below for help.  It's not hard to draw hands!  For more video instruction on drawing hands check this out-> Drawing Hands


Tips for Drawing Hands...

1.) Look at your own hand and draw it.  Draw your hand from multiple angles and positions and really pay attention to what happens to those shapes.

2.) Try drawing hands with objects.  Hold an apple or a pencil and then draw the hand.

3.) Define the light source and define the form of the hand.  Hands aren't flat, so make sure to add the value and create the illusion of form.
How to Draw Hands

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