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Hand Reference Sheet 1 - tutorial by StyrbjornA Hand Reference Sheet 1 - tutorial by StyrbjornA
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:bulletgreen:Drawing hands - an introduction:bulletgreen:

Most artists have probably at least once in their career felt intimidated by drawing hands. I remember drawing characters with their hands hidden behind their backs (and with their feet in a body of water), since getting the right proportions on them felt like an unsurmountable task. The only cure to overcoming this obstacle is practice. Therefore, for those who are interested, I am going to provide some reference material to use as guide to getting better at drawing hands.

I drew these hands in photoshop, adding some light shadow to convey volume. The best references are of course hands in real life, but with this sheet I wanted to provide some ideas of how you can alter line width to get somewhat natural looking hands using only lines and simple shadow (as opposed to drawing completely photorealistically).

This kind of style can be used quite effectively when drawing comic style pictures (manga, etc.).

If you use these hands to practice or for reference when drawing your own characters, I would love to see the result, so please link it :)
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:iconjessicajanelee:
JessicaJaneLee Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
they're great!
They'll really help me
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:iconradamenthis:
radamenthis Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
thank you for all of your work.

Merci beaucoup
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:iconpikawarriors:
PikaWarriors Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
omg thank you!
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:iconsleepyraeli21:
SleepyRaeLi21 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh Thank you Hands were my most hated thing to do.
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:iconannuski:
Annuski Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Writer
Used here: [link]
Thank you!
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:iconclassics-nd:
Classics-ND Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
very helpful
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:iconakacaitlinne:
akaCaitlinne Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful again, thanks! You draw hands very beautifully :)
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:iconstripes-01:
STRiPES-01 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You're so incredible!!!
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:icondragonflame123:
DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting
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:iconvyperion:
Vyperion Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's your advice on how to draw different hands, because all my hands look long and boyish almost all the time, so when I draw girls, drawing hands becomes a challenge.
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binukuttan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is very helpful
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlucyjewel:
lucyjewel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank u... u are a true life saver...
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
That's true dedication, when your life depends on your ability to draw hands :D
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:iconlucyjewel:
lucyjewel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly! We need hands! How would i draw with out them! Wait... i kinda could.... everything is possible! Si se puede! Si se puede! Yes we can! Yes we can! Ok i talk a lot... im just vey jittery today haha :D
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XxStaggerRosexX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
This is very helpful ^-^ Thank you~
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I am glad you find them useful :)
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:iconxxstaggerrosexx:
XxStaggerRosexX Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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:iconrovanna:
Rovanna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Digital Artist
I love how the lines aren't solid all the way. :D Now you've made me wanna draw hands.
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
The interesting thing with lines is that they don't exist in real life, so it's kind of hard to come up with rules of how to do them. I try to experiment with different styles to see what works :)
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GentlemanChogath Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
i used to draw them too! i can draw male hands but female nonono xD theyre so small and stuff :X
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I try to use rounder shapes and less defined lines for female/girl hands, while with male male hands I use sharper edges.
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks all for the nice comments! Glad you like them :)
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:iconsethfox:
SethFox Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
This is very useful ^^
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:iconguts-n-effort:
Guts-N-Effort Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Filmographer
i love how soft those hands feel.
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:iconhannahanno:
HannaHanno Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thanks! I always needed that :'D never knew how to draw a hand >.< Thank you!
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:iconuranusamara:
uranusamara Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this come in handy when trying to draw hands.
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:icongacoflare:
GaCoFlare Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
as always good :)
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconevely-hollen:
Evely-Hollen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! I'm really impressed, it's really well done! ;)
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfritzkid:
fritzkid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow, so neat :)
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like them :3
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:iconkevinbrownart:
KevinBrownArt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
beautiful lines
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you :)
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Ser0c Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Interface Designer
Thank you this could be hand(y)!
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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:iconstrawhatgirlrussia:
StrawhatGirlRussia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank you! I really have problems drawing hands, this tutorial is very helpfull! :iconclapplz:
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I was a bit unsure if I should add text and stuff in the picture, to explain a bit more, but I might do that in the future :)
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:iconstrawhatgirlrussia:
StrawhatGirlRussia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
It's always good to add a text, in my opinion, it was very useful. :3
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:icontehalia:
Tehalia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Awesome!!! :D
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks <3
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:iconicestar34:
Icestar34 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool =D Hands are really frustrating sometimes.... xD
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
They really can be - that's why I like practicing drawing them :)
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:iconrezuteki:
rezuteki Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice and clean, good job.
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:iconstyrbjorna:
StyrbjornA Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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