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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How to Draw a Female Figure: Laying on Floor Pose

Hey Friends!

In this drawing lesson we’ll briefly talk about how to draw a female figure, in a laying down pose.

#1 – Skeleton Guidelines

The first step I took in order to draw the female figure, was using simple “stick figure” guidelines.

how to draw a female figure

This step is fairly simple technically, BUT a lot of anatomy knowledge needs to support it in order for it to be correct.

Try and understand the proportions of length of each part.

Notice how I have yet to indicate the hands and feet.

#2 – Giving the Skeleton Volume

In this step we will turn the skeleton into basic three-dimensional shapes.

Note how she is leaning on a mini sofa. This is something we’ll have to take into account in later steps.

how to draw a female figure

Our main shapes here are balls / circles, and cylinders. These represent the basic structure of the limbs and the core of the body.

Notice how they still DON’T convey the accurate shape of anything.

Also, I just wanted to note how the left hand (that’s leaning on the sofa) is foreshortened, as it is pointing towards us. This will become even more obvious in the next steps.

#3 – Drawing the Human Figure

In this step we’ll actually begin turning this simple three-dimensional representation into an actual female figure.

how to draw a female figure

This step requires actual knowledge of the shape of each limb or body part. This is the real challenge.

This step takes into account the structure in terms of muscles and fat too.

Notice how the left are sort of “sinks” into the sofa. This is a useful way to express the softness of the sofa, and her weight being applied on it.

how to draw a female figure

Now we can move onto the final step.

#4 – Shading

In this step we’ll shade the figure, giving it some more volume.

how to draw a female figure

I worked too fast, and the shading is a bit grainy and uneven. Be sure to work slowly, and perhaps use gentle circular motions with the pencil.

Check out the full video tutorial:

And that’s it!

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