Tutorial to Learn to draw Hand Proportions
Learn How to Draw arrow Draw Hand Proportions

Tutorial to Learn to draw Hand Proportions

| Print |  E-mail
(40 votes)
Recently I gave you some tips on how to draw hands. Seems many of my students and readers devoured these tips and ask now for more. Especially they asked me to go into the details of drawing hands. So let's have a look at it.

When drawing hands, the biggest obstacle are the proportions of all the fingers and small details. In this article I'll show you the most important details you need to pay attention to for best results.

When drawing a relaxed hand, you can imagine the palm as a square and then add the fingers. In this case the middle finger is about as long as the square of the palm (with some deviations depending on the individual hand's proportions and its position - remember the magic trick in my last article on drawing hands).

As longest finger the middle finger is also a great reference for understanding the proportions of all other fingers:

The little finger is about two thirds to three fourths of the middle finger

The ring finger and the index finger are always longer than the small finger and shorter than the middle finger.

But the exact sizes vary - some people’s ring fingers and index fingers are equally long, some have longer ring fingers, others have longer index fingers. I've even heard of people making fun out of inferring physical or mental abilities from the length ratio between index finger and ring finger. Fortunately my are both equally long so I am on the safe side ;-)

Due to the different lengths of the fingers the fingertips form a c-shaped curve when lying next to each other.

Something similar for the fingers' roots: the index finger's and the middle finger's root are topmost, the other fingers' roots are a little bit lower so the finger roots form a curve that bends downwards, too. And the knuckles form the same curve, of course.

Now that we have added all fingers, let's have a look at the thumb. Unlike the other fingers it is attached to the side of the palm. Its root occupies the lower half of the hands side. Having only two joints it has also more volume and strength.

Using these instructions you can sketch the basic structure of any hand you want to depict. But when filling this first outline, please keep in mind: although I wrote about squares and lengths etc., the hand's shape isn't exactly geometrical.

There should be no hard edges or straight lines in your picture. The muscles and flesh on the hand's bones form round and voluminous shapes. Intensify these forms by adding strong shading. Look where shadows form on your hand and add these shadows.

Important: The skinnier a hand is, the fewer volume the drawing should have. So adjust the level and darkness of shadows accordingly. Also you need to adjust the shading if the hand is very muscular (e.g. hands of bodybuilders or sportsmen) and for very fleshy hands that have only few lines and wrinkles in the skin.

Hope these tips and tricks help you to draw better hands from now on.




Enjoyed this article? Share, spread the word and bookmark it:
Digg!Reddit!Del.icio.us!Slashdot!StumbleUpon!Newsvine!Fark!Yahoo!Squidoo!Free social bookmarking plugins and extensions for Joomla! websites!
Comments
Add New Search
ebi110  - no pic   |:
2809-111


















ebi110

 - no pic








 



|:


















these tutorials are
totally useless without pics.
please add pictures to thesetutorials
















Reply

0 0




















]]>
ebi110  - no pic   |:
these tutorials are totally useless without pics.
please add pictures to these
tutorials
Frances  - Me   |:
thanxs for all the suport for my drawings. i am looking forward to youre
eamails. evan as I am living in South Africa distance is no matter. may you be
blessed in all you do
Kind regard
Frances de Bruyn
Sandra  - Drawing lessons on hands   |:
I agree with usesless. I cant draw at all and agree, without pictures I dont
understand a word off what I must do. Sorry guys but it doesnt help a at all!!
Sharon Du Plessis   |:
Useless & Anne's son, If you want pics, get yourself the book called 'THE
FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING 3 by LEONARDO COLLECTION. In this book is alot of clear
demonstrations, step-by-step, how to draw faces, expressions, hands, feet, eyes,
noses, mouths,and some carractiristic faces. This book also helped me lots!
Study and copy it until you feel satisfied of your attempts. Do not through away
your 'failures', seeing that in time, when you look back at those 'failures',
you'll see how far you've come, by keep on practising. It doesn't happen
overnight, but takes passion and dedication, every day in order to achieve the
best result. You are then well on your way to become the next well-known artist,
in time. Patience is a must, and a virtue. my e-mail address=
sharonduplessis@ymail.com, if you'd like to see mine,or send me some of your
work, I will love it.
none  - useless   |:
all these tutorials are totally useless without pics.
anne's son  - -   |:
i cant really sketch so i need help
Write comment
Name:
Email:
 
Title:
 
 

3.26 Copyright (C) 2008 Compojoom.com / Copyright (C) 2007 Alain Georgette / Copyright (C) 2006 Frantisek Hliva. All rights reserved."

 
Next >

Like this? Click here:

Checked Security:

Official security checks (updated daily):

Overview

FREE e-Book & Drawing course
Drawing Secrets Library
Perspective & Shadows
Drawing Instructions
Learn How to Draw Series
Learn How to Draw Basics
Learn to Draw Online - Composition
Learn Pencil Drawing
Learn To Draw - When?
Learn How To Draw Books
Drawing Improvement Instructions
Learn How To Draw
How To Draw Trees
Learn to Draw Step by Step
Learn How To Draw & Improve Drawing Skills
How to Draw Hands
Draw Hand Proportions
How to Draw Movement
How To Draw Figures
How To Draw Portraits
How to Draw Portraits II
Drawing With Shaky Hands
Questions & Suggestions
How to Draw an Apple
How to Draw a Mouth
How to Draw Ears
How to Draw Eyes
How to Draw a Nose
How to Draw One-point Perspective
How to Draw Two-Point Perspective
How to Draw a Fantasy Castle
How to draw a Dragon
How to Draw Fantasy Art
How to Draw a Dog
How to Draw a Cat
How to Draw Comic Heroes
How to Draw Feet
How to draw Cars
How to Draw One-Point Perspective
How to Draw Two-Point Perspective
How to Draw Pictorial Perspective
How to Draw a Face
How to Draw Portraits that Resemble the Original
How to Draw Yourself as a Cartoon Character
How to Draw Emotional Faces
How to Draw Fantasy Art - Landscapes
How to Draw Hands
Common Mistakes to Avoid if You Love Watercolor Painting
How to Create a Flat Wash
How to Create a Graded Wash
How to Improve Watercolor Painting
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Paper to Get Started
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Brushes to Get Started
How to Choose the Right Watercolor Colors to Get Started
How to Do Watercolor Wet-in-Wet Technique
How to Create a Glazed Wash
How to Draw a Piece of Cloth with Folds
How to Draw Rain Drops
How to Draw Old Cars
How to Draw a Ferrari
Seven Great Techniques to Create Textures in Your Pencil Drawings
How to Draw a Scene that Exists Only in Imagination
Drawing Expressions Part I: Warm-up
Drawing Expressions Part II: Drawing Smiles and Curious Faces
Drawing Expressions Part III: How to draw Scared and Surprised Faces
Drawing Expressions Part IV: How to draw Angry, Sad, and Sleepy Faces
Basics of Sketching on Location
Sketching on Location
Speed Sketching Process
Sketching on Location: Sketching People
Sketching on Location: Sketching People II

Latest Added

Powered by MostReadCloud 1.3.1