Hands showcase humanity.
Hands hold a place of honor alongside the face as some of the most expressive and nuanced parts of the body. “A picture of gesturing hands can evoke just as much and tell you the same story as an expressive face,” says illustrator Anna Daviscourt. While hands make for stunning drawings, they are notoriously difficult to draw due to the amount of bones, muscle, and tendons in each hand. But don’t let that intimidate you. Simplify the process and break hand drawing down into basic shapes and manageable steps, and you’ll be on your way to drawing a lifelike hand.
Always use a reference.
It’s important to use reference images, no matter your illustration skill level. Whether you look at a photo, take pictures of your own hand, or ask a friend to model different hand gestures, have a guide at your side. “There will always be something unexpected and different, even if you’ve drawn them a million times,” says Daviscourt.