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Hand tutorial by shingworks Hand tutorial by shingworks
Another tutorial :B Theres a lot of text but I tried to make my system as clear as possible. As usual you can copy or use any of these drawings freely, but be sure to read the tut as well! As I recommend in it to ref from photos or real life over other people who might have made mistakes (not me of course, as I never make mistakes) (lol). Enjoy!

My other tutorials:
Expression tutorial
Pose tutorial
Foot tutorial
Ladies tutorial
Fellas tutorial
Face tutorial

Commission Tutorial
Coloring Walkthrough
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Given 2008-07-14
Hand tutorial by =alexds1 is not only a very handy (hah) and humorous tutorial,but very simple, easy-to-follow and will help anyone having difficulty in drawings hands.This is just one of many tutorials in her gallery. ( Suggested by Rose-Rayne and Featured by znow-white )
lollipopflower Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
It was better then others I have seen which is actually few but its good! I do wish the text was bigger though.
Kandles Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
This is such a good tutorial! I come back to it every time I struggle to draw a hand.
LordHiraka Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Thank you this was rather helpful
ShingStreet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Damn, i have hard times with hands. Thanks you so much for this tutorial.
CJRstudios Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay, I'm ambivalent towards anime, but who thought the melted paw thing was a good idea?!
FieryWarrior46 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!!!
sonicluke Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Cool :)
gardendoor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I remembered this from a few years back, and loved it, but for some reason now only the tiny version shows; there's something wrong with the full-size version. Is it possible to re-upload it?
shingworks Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
weird... large size is showing for me... you can also push the "download" button, that will show you the image at the full size!
gardendoor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
That worked, thanks!
Feyjane Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Featherdream Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I could say thank you probably a million times and it wouldn't be enough. 
I am an artist struggling so much with hands and you just saved me so much, I made quite an awesome hand just now.
I'm amazed I finally did it :party: THANK YOU
ArtTeacher221 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Do you have all of these tutorials in a poster format?  I would love to purchase the entire set for my classes.
Deranged-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha never would I have thought the thing I use to draw would in fact be so hard to draw itself. Bah, this tutorial is a thing of beauty of course. :D
GlassesHipster Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for your great share of knowledge, this helps so much!
Kerzid Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the tutorial (thank you for helping me cliché *ding*)
Results are mighty fine: linky-link
vitaminanime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
By any chance would you have a tutorial for drawing hands in repose at the sides (you know, just resting naturally)? For me that's the worst they just end up looking like blobs
shingworks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have a tut for that in particular, but here are some tips... note how the fingers interact in relation to each other. Are the pressed together, slightly apart? Note the curve of the fingers. Are they really curled? tense? straight? etc. Note where the thumb is and what it's doing, and what angle it's at (I use the thumbnail as a guide to tell).

But overall, the very best way to draw any kind of hand/ pose is simply to make it yourself, with your own body... really depends on the character! If they're modeling clothes, maybe the hand should be hanging naturally. But if someone is in a determined way, maybe their hand pose has more energy to it. It's fun to do your own acting, and really teaches you how to look at the way you draw :)
Sapphire-Lynx4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think i have a grasp of anatomy already xD but your tutorials make me smile, they are perfect xD great tips there
and the baby hand awwwwwwwwww xD
sting10 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you, really useful for me :)
madcom13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa there, i love how you interpret each one step with your words, it really is funny. Remarkable!
Gotta use this as my learning-material.
BoMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, What pen tool is this???? o.o
The linearts so nice and clean Q_Q
shingworks Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
just default hard round :)
BoMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! Seriously?! Thanks so much for the reply La la la la 
shingworks Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah, no substitute for arm control... but if you want to cheat, just work at a large size and shrink down to the final size. That will take out a lot of the wobbliness and make your lines look crisp.
BoMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh! I never thought of that!!! Wow wow! Thank you so much I'll have a go at it now!!! *glomp* :happybounce:
Sashaluh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!! Oh my, thank you very much for this tutorial!!
Oriso Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! Hands really are my biggest weakness, that is, in drawing humans. I liked the comedic elements of it, and I hope to see more from you!
Synthetic-Goods Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful (:
JOsambits Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student
I will beat you hands!!! just you wait
Whiteknightofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing very helpful.
DevilPanties Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to say...I thought I was decent at drawing hands until I did a little exercise using this tutorial. WOW! Really is amazing how much you can learn from just taking a few steps back and reanalyzing the basics!
ThePrettiestSalad Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
I tried your hand tutorial and I got this far:
Hand by ChubbyMissBunny  
Which is SO MUCH BETTER than I've ever done before.
I am like foaming at the mouth with the quality difference. Your tutorial is a Godsend.
I am having the trouble that the hand looks all kinds of wonky when I take the drawing guides layer off. Which I'm having trouble showing because my computer crashed and flattened my image.... Which means I lost the guide I just worked so hard making. >_>;;
But here's the result when I erase the guides:
Hand 2 by ChubbyMissBunny  
It just looks off to me. What am I doing wrong?
Any tips will be so appreciated.
shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! First, thanks for attaching images! I didn't know you could do that. Second! The thing that makes it look wonky is that you're now missing the parts of the underdrawing that made the hand look like a hand. Namely, the lines that form the muscles/ meat under the thumb, and that other oval under the fourth and fifth fingers. The way to get around that is to replace those lines somehow.... you can either replace them by adding in new lines that follow those curves (this can be those bold lines like you have above, or looser feathery lines), or you can imply the volume via shading. Personally I would feel ok with putting more lines inside the hand to show the volume. You can also make the wrist a bit thinner to push the hand-ness of the hand even more. Hope that helps!
ThePrettiestSalad Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for your detailed review.
It was quite handy to say the least.
</terrible pun>

But I'll certainly try that!
ThePrettiestSalad Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hand 33 by ChubbyMissBunny
I had to make it B&W because the skin tone I saved it in is hard to see.

Hand 3 by ChubbyMissBunny  
faniatejeda Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is going to help me. Thanks!
Strogonoff Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hands. We meet again.
Jaymeri-kun Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
handssss, my greatest art weakness
along with shading but mostly hands.
BigBoss738 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
hands.... the enemy of every artist of lower level
hippiechic-mar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I hope this gives me enough to practice! I certainly need it!
MarcusK34 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent :3
KaiiKaze Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate hands >:(
riot-wild Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial. I often tried reffing my own hands but my hands are rather... odd. My ring finger is almost as long as my middle, and both my pinkies bow out in the middle then curve back inwards and my palms are wide and when measured are near exact squares lol my hands have personality but sadly not normal enough to be referenced for normality
Zutara-fani Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This tutorial is amazing! Thank you! ^^
ManofFunNCreativity Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What about the side hands?
RoRo484 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, for (3.) in your final statement... No yoai hands. Gotcha.
Lisa1981 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
this tutorial is great! but i am curious, when you draw hands do you actually draw these weird circles and stuff inside them before drawing the hand around it,  if not did you ever. im wondering if this is really the way to learn or if just plain trying to draw hands is better
shingworks Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, drawing those circles and lines is really helpful, and make everything easier... you can think of it like using a model for draping clothing, or blueprints for building a house... having a guide saves you a lot of time and makes everything you draw way easier and more consistent. They also give your drawing natural volume... it is very hard to free-draw a hand that has all the volumes of a real hand, but way easier to trace the outline of a bunch of circles that represent the muscles and volumes of an anatomically correct hand.
monsterXoXo Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
This helps for tough angles thanx! :3
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