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Hands Tutorial

Tue Mar 28
Kiaun Conejillo
Hello everyone, somebody suggested me this would be a good tutorial, so I'm going to attempt to explain to you how to draw hands, the easy way, let's read the result. This won't be an anthro/furry tutorial, I wanted to make something more general, since I'm showing you my creatures structures in the other blogs about my characters, like in the mouse tutorial  y Dogs, in those character notes you'll find more accurate structures used for those types of characters.

General Structure

The hand is difficult to draw since it has too many mobile and flexible parts, it's important to understand this, the hand is a set of structures, I won't get into real anatomy here, I just want you to have this in mind so you understand better why we draw hands this way, form and function are related. You have to remember this:
  • Fingers in general are composed by 3 cylinders.
  • The palm or the back of the hand are represented by a square or rectangle in the guides.
  • The forearm is a cylinder
  • You will represent articulations or flexible zones as a circle

PASO 1: Estructuras guía

First, we will draw the palm of the hand as a rectangle.


Next you have to draw an oval, which represents whe base of the thumb

Next, we will draw the thumb outline, its general form

You can draw the fingers at this stage just as lines, this way you can position them best and decide their length easily. Notice how the fingers form and arc.

Don't draw all the fingers with the same length!

STEP 2: Final structure

We will use the same geometric shapes we have, and we will draw each portions of the fingers as little cylinders, take in consideration that the fingers get less wide.

Now let's finish this, we will use this base structure to draw the final hand, be sure to place the skin folds where the hands articulates in the flexible portions of the hand!

This is the final result you should get, a pretty decent hand in general.

Let's watch this in an animated process.

The hand in other postures

We just draw a hand, let's see other hands in different positions.

In general, the previous structure is very useful to draw the hand in different positions, the hand always have the same elements, just by practicing will allow you to get better results, remember to see references like photos or other drawings to get examples of the hand-position you want to draw.

Stylized Hand (in my comics)

All of the previously seen is kinda basic and easy to find everywhere in the internet, this guide structure is used by many artists, so I was wondering what can I add about this subject, so I've decided to try to explain my personal way to draw hands in my webcomics. I never forget the previous steps I've told you, but due practice I've come with a more natural way for me to understand the hand structure. You'll have to consider the following:

The hand, Derideal style:

The hands of my characters have 4 different zones

Hands are a complex structure, which always have the same divisions.

Considering the zones or pieces called A, B,C and D you can draw hands in different positions.

Zone D, always draw zone D first, this is the mother point where all of the other zones are positioned!

Zone A, represents the index finger, this finger behaves sort of independent from the rest, we use it to press buttons, press triggers or point at things, because of that, figuring out the position of this finger will make easier to us draw the rest of the hand.

Zona B, represent the rest of the fingers minus the index, all of these usually are positioned in a similar way.

Zona C, represent the thumb, the other finger that is moves independently, it's important to locate it correctly with the index finger.

Considering all of this, it will become easier to understand the hand shape, defining in general the positions of the fingers and positioning the pieces of the final hand I want to draw.

These are some examples of the previously seen structure, try to imagine the zones A,B,C and D used.

A mix of methods, most of the time you will use the basic method to draw the more complex hand positions.

in general, the anthro/furry hands have the same structure but you vary the width of the fingers (usually wider)

This is all I have to say for now, I hope it's useful for you, if you like it, please share it in your social networks!

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5 years ago

Deja de ser tan geniaaal! este tutorial es realmente bueno ¿por qué no lo explican así en los libros?