How to draw hands and arms

How to draw hands and arms

Divide the hand into four blocks and then add the details

The hand can be the most difficult body part to draw, but the hands are necessary body parts to draw, in order to vary the characters’ facial expressions and motions. It’s important to draw the hand with care, patience and attention to detail, while looking at the course materials or your own hand as references.
Let’s give it a try, and divide up the hand into four blocks: the palm or the back, the thumb, the pinky and the remaining three fingers. Then, add the details.

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Eyes, Eyebrows

Think of the block with the back or the palm of the hand as equal to the fingers, roughly in a 1:1 ratio. When the fingers are bent, it’ll look like there are two overlapping squares. The fingers’ joints actually come from the wrist, but when you think of the length from the wrist to the fingertip as 1, then, the first to third joints are located near the midpoint, the ½ point.
Like the face and the body, you can find the joints of the hand near the midpoints. So, when you’re fixing the details, keep that in mind so you won’t make mistakes.”

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Remember, the hand’s ratio is ½ !

Thumb

The thumb is said to be the “masculine finger.” This finger is distinct in that it curves outward.

Thumb

Pinky finger

The pinky finger is said to be the “feminine finger.” This finger is distinct in that it curves inward.

Pinky finger

Index finger/middle finger/ring finger

The index and the ring fingers are slightly slanted towards the middle finger, but these three remaining fingers are similar. Their second joints are bigger and the surrounding areas of the fingers cave in slightly.
When you’re drawing women’s finger joints, they should be rounded. When they extend their fingers, they should be sloped upwards.

Index finger/middle finger/ring finger

Features of a female character’s hand

Hands

The third joint on the back of the hand sticks out. Envision the webbed areas of the hand when you’re drawing both men and women’s hands; then, the image won’t be flat. There are three lines – the heart line, the head line, and the life line – on the palm. Identify those lines. Be conscious of the second joint’s dents and the lines, and draw the ulna bone that sticks out near the pinky finger.

Capture the bumpiness made by the joints on the back of the hand and draw smoothly. Make the nails longer and don’t draw the cuticles. When’t emphasize the ulna bone that sticks out.

bumpiness

When you’re drawing a girl’s hands, tone down the bumpiness made by the joints and lines.

fingers

By not drawing the cuticles on a girl’s hands, you can add softness and pureness!