How to Draw an Open Hand / Palm!

Hey friends!

Today we have another fun anatomical drawing lesson.

In this drawing lesson, we’re going to learn how to draw an open hand!

Drawing the human hand is an awesome challenge, that calls upon your ability to actually KNOW some anatomy, and UNDERSTAND how the human body works.

Check out the video, and I’ll share some of the key points afterwards.

I hope you enjoyed the video.

If you need some reference for drawing hands, check out these two images on drawing hands in different poses, and holding objects.

Key tips on how to draw an open hand:

1. Pay special attention to the fanning of the fingers.

Remember, the fingers aren’t straight, parallel lines that stick out of the hand.

The are fanning out of it. I show this really well in the video.

A good method of getting this right, is by drawing those circular guidelines. Draw one for each knuckle in the hand.

2. The overall shape of the hand.

Notice how the wrist is thin, and expands as soon as it “turns” into the hand itself.

Use curved lines to represent the sides of the hand, which have more fat in them.

3. Careful with the thumb.

The thumb can be quite a challenge, so be sure to get its direction properly.

Also remember that the base of the thumb, which is the part that’s connecting it to the hand, is also quite fat.

4. Knuckles!

It’s important to hint the presence of the knuckles. This is especially true when talking about the knuckles at the very base of each finger.

A good way to indicate the knuckles is using shading. I find this works better than just drawing them boldly.

And there you have it! A relaxed open hand.

I hope this drawing lesson helped you.

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– Liron