The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Hands
Grasp new skills to draw convincing hands alongside pro artist and instructor Richard Pace. Uncover the anatomy of the hand for true-to-life sketches. Learn to draw the hand's full range of motion. Make accurate proportions simple with valuable tips. Break down fingers into basic geometric shapes, then add surface details for sketches with impressive dimension. Render hands that are grasping, throwing, pointing and more to expand the types of scenes you can draw. Build depth as you recreate the play of light and shadow across the hand's surface. Plus, gain confidence depicting a person's age, gender and other characteristics through the details of his or her hands. Find out how to draw realistic hands as you master anatomy essentials and replicable techniques.
Richard Pace attended the illustration program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, which Applied Arts ranks as one of Canada's best. Since then, his career has been a flurry of drawing and painting projects for clients as diverse as Marvel Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Sony, Microsoft, and many others. Richard also teaches drawing at the college level for would-be animators, comics artists and illustrators.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, artist Richard Pace, as you learn how this class will break down the challenging process of drawing realistic hands. Start by letting go of your preconceived notions of the hand's shape and form as you practice making simplified gestural sketches.
Discover the anatomy of the human hand to inform your sketches, turning your focus from the surface of the hand to the bones and muscle structures within. Richard shares valuable tips for translating the interconnectedness of muscles and the hand's range of motion into accurate sketches.
How many hand lengths go into a forearm? Why do comic books often exaggerate the length of the fingers and palm? Richard answers these questions and many more as he shares pro tips for drawing proper proportions of the hand, and how to avoid common mistakes that many artists tend to make.
Learn how to create dimensional fingers from a variety of perspectives. Explore ways to break fingers down into a series of geometric shapes, add surface details and sketch a variety of outstretched and curled fingers to train your eye to see them more realistically.
Apply your new skills to drawing the hand in motion. Richard shares valuable techniques for capturing a hand that's in the process of grasping, throwing, pointing, waving or making virtually any other movement.
Create more nuance and dimension in your drawings by adding the play of light and shadow across the surface of the hand. Explore planar changes, apply tonal shifts and carefully study the lightest lights and darkest darks in your work to create a gorgeous sketch.
Complete the class with an analysis of depicting a person's age, gender, and other characteristics through the details of his or her hands. Explore differences in fingernails, skin textures, finger shapes and more to tell the viewer a story about the subject. You'll complete the class with the ability to draw hands like a pro!