Step-by-step: Get a grip on drawing hands
1 Painting the bones over a photo of a hand (or over a painted hand) is a good exercise that will help you to understand how a hand works, because not only do the fingers move, but the palm also has bones (the metacarpal bones) and joints (carpometacarpal joints), and it changes its shape according to the fingers’ movements. 2 Hands are three- dimensional objects, so you should be able to paint them from every possible view. This will be difficult at first. But once you get some practice it becomes much, much easier. Reducing the hands to simple threedimensional objects is a good way to not only to sketch a hand, but also to understand the volume of a hand. 3 A hand is full of subtle details and all of them change with every hand movement. So observation and analysis are important to be able to depict a hand properly. Because humans use hands to express themselves, a character with well- painted hands can greatly improve any illustration. Gather lots of references and study them closely.