Step-by-step: Get a grip on draw­ing hands

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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.

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