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mini hand tutorial

Hope it's helpful! These are just the observations that helped me the most, and the ones that seem to get overlooked.

This stuff should work in any style. :3

More information can be found in the drawings (and in the drawings linked to below) than in the writing alone. For example, look at how the fingernail affects the angle of the tip of the finger when viewed from the side. (See, it'd just be confusing to write about that kind of thing. orz;; )

That's how high MY thumb reaches when lying flat. Since I made this, it's come to my attention that my thumb is abnormally short! If I had been aware of this, I would have averaged the length for this tutorial. This is why it's important to combine tutorial learning with personal observation! Everyone observes things in slightly different ways no matter what, partly because natural organisms vary widely in shape and proportion.

Recommended tutorials:
If you're looking for a longer hand tutorial, `alexds1 has a great one with a lot of helpful illustrations and examples:…
And for a more advanced hand/arm reference, this tutorial by ~Snigom is fantastic:…

Some more hand drawings for reference and inspiration!:
by me:………
by other deviants:………… ,………
Sarah Simblet:… (From her awesome book Anatomy for the Artist)
Egon Schiele:…………
Araizumi Rui (Whose art I first learned to draw hands from):………
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Speedynat3's avatar
Oh gawd, I have some studying I need to do!

Thank you for making this. :D
I need all the references/tutorials and practice I can get when it comes to hands.
Very excited to practice.
Kinkifun's avatar
watanukikun's avatar
Thank you. I think this would help me at least a bit. It's easy to understand. Thx again.
cummingsjason2000's avatar
for me the problem was always the thumb. I can render the hand pretty well but the placement of the thumb on the palm was always a a problem. The solution was seeing that the thumb connects to the hand (in the middle of the big ball beneath the pointing finger) As always draw using what actually is there rather than what you expect to be.
Also the length of the thumb is just a little longer than the palm. The Palm is the same length as the middle finger. 
VikingOwl's avatar
thanks looks great!
SweetAgatheDream's avatar
Thanks for your lovely tutorial! Used it here:…

Of course linked to your tutorial :)
infiniteFinality's avatar
this is an amazing resource! thanks xD
wheeled-tank's avatar
This should come in handy later

Crap. Used a pun without meaning it 
kldmax's avatar
you totally meant it you son of a bitch.....jk
MsElenath's avatar
This is great, I'll try to remember it when I tackle hands in more detail (been avoiding them on purpose).
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Kaiyaru's avatar
this is awesome! :D
Kodasea's avatar
Nice tutorial! :D
BaneEden's avatar
Nice tutorial :D
Rahnal's avatar
I know it's been said but I'm gonna say it again anyways. Quite the handy tutorial you've made. :D

Silliness aside, you did a wonderful job with this.
LonesomeBookworm's avatar
Thank you for this! I'm terrible at hands (and feet), I hope it helps me!
thecodecrimson's avatar
Love this! Drawing hands is one of my favorite things.
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