Saturday, January 3, 2015

Drawing Hands: Some Great Resources

Drawing hands is hard! It probably is what separates an amateur artist from a professional, and I am always working on mine. Here are some excellent tutorials and resources for learning how to draw hands:


(1)  How to Draw Hands- Tutorials - Draw As a Maniac - a series of reference illustrations and instructions on drawing hands

Screenshot of Draw as a Maniac's hand reference post




(2) Handy Art Reference Tool - an app that provides hands in various poses that you can rotate and change the lighting on


(3) Human Anatomy Fundamentals: How to Draw Hands - covers the anatomy of hands and how they move

screenshot of bones of a hand

10 comments:

  1. Great resource, sylvia. Hands are difficult to draw. And I thought it was just me who can't draw hands. I forwarded your post to my son who found this helpful. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Romelle. Glad it was helpful.

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  2. I usually use my standby technique - a circle and 3 fingers. :/

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    1. When I was young, I had a book on how to draw cartoons, and it said the difference between cartoon characters and real people is that cartoons only have four fingers. I always remembered that.

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  3. I used to draw hands on backwards - a lot. I still often pause and hmmm... how's that again? Which side does the thumb go?

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    1. I have seen an old master painting where the thumb was on the wrong side so you are not alone!

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  4. Thanks, Sylvia! Hands are tricky, I am bookmarking this post :-)

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  5. I'm actually decent at drawing hands (because when I was supposed to be paying attention in class in university, I was sketching my hands instead). But thank you for the resources because nobody can be *too* good at drawing them. :)

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    1. I draw my hands a fair amount, but not enough to be really good.

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