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How to Draw Hands:  Tutorial by ccRask How to Draw Hands:  Tutorial by ccRask
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Okay, so, I've promised this thing to a lot of people at a lot of different times. And I've put it off, and put it off... and finally I was prodded enough to freaking do it! So here it is! My very own tutorial on how I draw hands. I tried to keep it simple while covering all the bases I could... and in doing so, pointing out and clearing up common mistakes I've come across.

I hope it helps! Feel free to download and share around as much as possible... credit to me is always welcome :) And as it says, if there's any questions you have, or something I didn't cover that you'd like to have cleared up, I will do my best to answer those for you!

If you fave this, thank you! I can't take the time to thank everyone one at a time, but I really appreciate it, and I hope it comes in... handy :iconderpplz:

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thevoicessneezed23 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial, thanks :)
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ccRask Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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AmaltheaArts Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering how to position hands on objects, like a hip or something? (fingers are so hard omg)
Also I'm still getting sausage fingers :'D
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ccRask Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
Positioning hands on objects is definitely tricky because suddenly you've got more perspective and foreshortening to worry about.  The hand is wrapping itself around that three-dimensional form, and so parts of it are hidden or seem to be shorter than they are because of the illusion of perspective.

My first piece of advice is to try and work in overlapping shapes-- begin to break down and visualize hands (and everything else for that matter) as 3D objects like boxes and spheres all put together.  When a hand or a finger is coming toward the viewer or going away, those shapes overlap each other, changing the length they appear to be.

Here's some work of mine you're welcome to reference:

A hand on a hip, note the thumb hidden behind the hip and the fingers fanning out, bent at the knuckles. 68.media.tumblr.com/7571356ba8…

Another hand on a hip, from a different angle.  The thumb is totally hidden, the palm is "squished" (foreshortened) as are the first parts of the fingers coming toward us.  Once the fingers bend they return to their "normal" view.  ccrask.deviantart.com/art/Knig…

Hands in perspective, one wrapped around an arm (warning for some blood).  In the bottom frame, the hand is foreshortened, the fingers coming out toward us.  You can see how the shape of the fingertips is overlapping the shape of the first joint of the finger, which is overlapping the second joint, and so on.  ccrask.deviantart.com/art/As-A…

In this one, you can see the hand splayed out on the table, with the fingers appearing to come forward in space, foreshortened. You can also see a hand wrapped around the handle of a mug; the thumb is again hidden, and the fingers each bend as they wrap around the handle.   68.media.tumblr.com/8f89d6dd62…
And here's the sketch of that one where you can see how I 'built' the hand using overlapping circles and ovals.  68.media.tumblr.com/56cfd8aef3…

My last and best piece of advice is to look at real pictures or references of hands, and to practice,  practice, practice.  I still have to put my hand on my hip and look at it, or often take quick pics of my hands in different positions, to draw them.  No shame in it.  Good luck!!
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AmaltheaArts Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to look at my dA more, I only just saw this--
Thank you so much for the advice! Do you think it'd be okay for me to note you some sta.sh stuff so you can give me tips and pointers on those? ;v;
It's fine if you don't want to; this advice is awesome and a whole lot more than I could've hoped for! :happybounce: Love 
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ccRask Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Professional General Artist
Of course, by all means.  I'm no longer an expert on the ins and outs of DA so I have little idea of what that means, but I'm sure I'll figure it out once you do it, lmao!

It's my pleasure <3
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Clara-Foss Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
onion head 'shock'  Wow, this guide has made me see hands differently! A mitten, that's revolutionary!

Thank you for this tutorial. :meow:
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ccRask Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
Glad it helped!  Looking back on this now there's a lot I would add-- maybe someday!
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Canidex Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Oh my
I used to draw chibi hands on traditional people
thanks for the help
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ccRask Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Of course, glad to help!
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Cyoken Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! Helped me lots!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Good :) I'm glad!
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FarLights Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks !
This makes things a lot easier.
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ccRask Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
:D yay!
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LigerTaco Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Nice! This tutorial came in real handy! :3
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ccRask Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Professional General Artist
I see what you did there :P lol glad to hear it!
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GoldHeartedGoat Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
My literal reaction to seeing the glove part


Shit...so simple
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ccRask Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
That was my reaction when I learned it, too.
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susntkittens Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much this helped me ;w;!
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ccRask Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm really glad!!
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Manti76 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful.  I've been trying out so many new techniques to draw hands, looking for one I can put to memory by switching it up a bit to make it easier for me.  Your version is one I've tried recently :)
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ccRask Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
It seems every artist figures out their own way of going about it that makes sense to them-- often times they can't even accurately really explain it.  IMO it's a great idea to see what's out there and then take bits and pieces from everything-- i know that's what I did, not just with hands but with pretty much everything there is to know about drawing.  I'm glad to contribute some nugget of info to your pile :) 
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Manti76 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:).  I hope I get better at it
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ccRask Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm sure you will!
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Warriors77495 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very awesome and helpful tutorial! :D

"sausage appendages" OH MY GOD YOU KNOW MY LIFE! *gasps*
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ccRask Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
I know the life because I've lived it my dude
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GoldenTigerGurl Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Just what I needed, thanks!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
:D glad it helped!
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GoldenTigerGurl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It helped, A LOT
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ccRask Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
:D Hooray!!!
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HerosLegend Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
This is a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing. Does knowing the skeletal structure of the hand good to keep in mind as well? (Besides the last part in showing aging in the hands?) 
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ccRask Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
Kind of depends.  Keep the skeletal structure in mind, sure-- it should ensure that your fingers stay straight and only bend at the knuckles.

But if keeping it "in mind" means to you "studying in depth", and if you are just beginning to understand how to draw hands, beware.  Most people I've known that worry about the skeleton first, and the surface second, get entirely too wrapped up in the skeletal part and make their whole process harder than it needs to be.  I've seen people draw bones/muscles only to erase most of their work when they cover it up with skin.

Knowing where the bones/muscles are is absolutely helpful when you wonder why this or that body part looks the way it does when it's stretched versus flexed versus relaxed.  But be careful you don't go too far down that rabbit hole and make an already difficult body part even more frustrating.
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skele-sans Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh this is handy!

heh, a pun!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Professional General Artist
i see what u did there XD
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:iconmirmirs:
mirmirs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very handy tutorial!

*lol i just realised the pun here*
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ccRask Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
*waggles eyebrows*  so punny!  Glad you liked it!
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mirmirs Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha
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DarkraiHero06 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tutorial!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you for reading through it!  :)
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MilkywayBubbleTea Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful! Thank you so much! ;w; This makes drawing hands so much easier!
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ForestStarStudios Featured By Owner Edited Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I still wonder why hands are so hard to draw XD
This sure will come in... handy :iconderpplz:
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ccRask Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
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LamaIsABitch Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Thanks a lot !
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ccRask Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
<3 glad it helped!
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HunterXAssassin Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015
Thank you for this..It'll help me alot ^^
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ccRask Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hooray!  :D
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faithbrier Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
:D :D You're welcome, glad it helped!
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Ask-Mary-Of-Ib Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this sure was helpful!

Thank you!
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ccRask Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome!!
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