Drawing Hands

Sometimes drawing hands can seem to be the most difficult part of any figure drawing. Even if the artist is accomplished at portrait drawing or is able to draw basic figures with ease, for some reason drawing hands seem to be a difficult obstacle to overcome. It is important that artists learn to tackle the areas of creativity which need it the most and to not avoid it simply because it is difficult. Drawing hands simply takes an understanding of the basic anatomy and this new knowledge can make it a much easier skill to acquire.

Studying the human hand will certainly ensure that you feel more confident so follow these tips and ideas and see the difference:

- Take a few moments to study your hand in-depth. Notice the size of your hand and the overall shape. Is your hand large or small, delicate or substantial?

- Feel the texture of the skin as well. Is your hand smooth and soft or are there areas on your hand which has a rough or uneven texture?

- Focus on the lines across the palm of the hand, observe how deeply ingrained some of the lines are. Follow the contours of these lines as if you are undertaking a palmistry session. When drawing hands, it is important to capture these lines which are unique to the individual.

- Now look at your fingers both on top and underneath. Observe the shape of your fingers, are they tapered, slim or large? Notice now how the fingers are able to bend and clench and also how the creases over the knuckles stretch as your fingers curl.

- Your nails are important too. Are your nails long and well-manicured or are they short and uncared for? When drawing hands it is important to determine if the figure in your drawing may look wonderful dressed and young, yet their hands are not cared for and belie their true age.

- When you have made your observations, practice drawing hands in a variety of positions such as having a clenched fist or having fingers splayed.

- Practice making quick drawings of you thumb also and once you are able to do this proficiently start to add light and shade so that the thumb becomes more realistic.

Understanding a subject will ultimately make it easier for the artist to be able to reproduce the image on paper. As with any project, practice will make it easier and soon the problem of drawing hands will be a thing of the past.

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