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How to draw hand video tutorial

How to draw hand video tutorial learn step by step basic.

Now back to the basic a little bit. I have so many emails, youtube comment, facebook, etc. asking me if I could do a drawing hand tutorial. Well, it's been a long and lots of requests. So here we go, this video is for you guys.

Other than faces (facial expression), hands are probably the second most expressive and intricate part of the human form. So hands in general should receive careful attention.
Aside from the head, they are usually the only other exposed part of the body and can be useful in communicating without verbal. Hands are equally as expressive in gesture, emotion and action. Because of the complexity of joints, masses and planes, along with their expressive nature, the hands can, and usually are, the hardest thing to learn on the entire human form.

But in this tutorial, in my opinion, you don't have to draw every single detail of the hand because as a concept artist or illustrator, you will hardly ever just draw and paint hand by itself. So this tutorial will demonstrate the basic structure and simplified hand drawing. More detail, doesn't necessary means better. The accurate depiction, proportion, and expression without over doing it, to me, is more important than putting a bunch of wrinkles, bumps, etc. Get the hand shape and proportion correct with the minimal use of lines, then you can go ahead and add detail as you please, with thinner line detail.

Also this tutorial, I'm demonstrating form of female's hand. So listen carefully. You have to be precise, clean and make it look as graceful as you possibly could.

The ones in red are construction lines then the one in black are flesh out after the basic shape of the construction lines drawing.
how to draw hand, basic drawing video tutorial

More hand tutorials are probably male hands, fist, holding object like sword, etc.
See you soon!

Watch the video How to draw hands basic tutorial

Drawing Software & Tools I used and recommended:
-Genius MousePen 6x8
-Wacom Intuos3 6X8 Pen Tablet
-Gimp (Free Download)
-Adobe Photoshop CS4 (Professional software)


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pokepetter said…
Three men were standing side-by-side using the urinal.

The first man finished, zipped up and started washing and literally scrubbing his hands ... clear up to his elbows ... He used about 20 paper towels before he finished. He turned to the other two men and commented: "I graduated from Harvard and they taught us to be clean."

The second man finished, zipped up and quickly wet the tips of his fingers, grabbed one paper towel and commented: "I graduated from the University of California and they taught us to be environmentally conscious."

The third man zipped up and as he was walking out the door he had a smirk on his face and said: "I don't know about you guys, but where I went to college, they taught us not to piss on our hands."

Out of praise ok?
Chris Reeve said…
Nice joke pokepetter!

Xia: I think you are right that you don't need to draw all the detail, but learning about the muscles and bones aswell certainly helped improve my understanding of how hands work.

p.s. long tutorials are good!
Luca said…
Pokepetter> Good one bro! :D

Xia> thanks, really helpful, and a couple of weeks ago I just finished the hands topic from the Bridgeman anatomy book! Man I agree with Chris, Long tutorials are really good! Thanks again bro!
mohit said…
thanks xia. it helps a lot.
Odinn said…
That was really helpful. Hands have always been the thing I have hardest time with.
Thanks for the tutorial Xia :D
Anonymous said…
really helpful like all of your other tutorials
Dahaca said…
I havent drawn in a long time with school and all.This is what i need to start from 0.Yes hands are expression!They are one of the three expressions:body face and hands.
Anonymous said…
dude i love your drawings you are a great artist.
idrawgirls said…
Pokepetter> LOL that's really good!

Chris> Thanks, yep most of the time...but from time to time, it's good to study close. :)

Luca> Thanks brother

Mohit> Thanks

Odinn> You are welcome. ThX

Ano> Thanks

dahaca> It's about time you get off your butts and DRAW! ha ha

tahbahi> Thanks brother, see you soon.