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Hand tutorial by shingworks Hand tutorial by shingworks

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Another tutorial :B Theres a lot of text but I tried to make my system as clear as possible. As usual you can copy or use any of these drawings freely, but be sure to read the tut as well! As I recommend in it to ref from photos or real life over other people who might have made mistakes (not me of course, as I never make mistakes) (lol). Enjoy!

My other tutorials:
Expression tutorial
Pose tutorial
Foot tutorial
Ladies tutorial
Fellas tutorial
Face tutorial

Commission Tutorial
Coloring Walkthrough
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Hand tutorial by =alexds1 is not only a very handy (hah) and humorous tutorial,but very simple, easy-to-follow and will help anyone having difficulty in drawings hands.This is just one of many tutorials in her gallery. ( Suggested by Rose-Rayne and Featured by znow-white )
CinnakinCat Featured By Owner May 26, 2018
Am I the only one weirded out by that area of my hand that connects the thumb muscle with the rest of the palm? (And I cringe just thinking of cutting it?)
sugarnfeist828 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018
AMAZING!!!  This was a huge help. thanks 
Diabolik91 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017
very useful, thank you.
yxabFOX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
too much talking for such little points 
LittleMissDevil21 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean? Going into detail is extremely helpful. Some people really need the help, especially if they aren't familiar with drawing hands. I bet if he had 5 word examples, you would still complain.
CrookedCandle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
Thanks for posting your tutorials. They really inspire me to keep trying.
GrimSullen05 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Yes I need this I can't draw hands to save my life XD
DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Gamia18 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so very much for this!
keesonameshio Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
I like it thz so much
HMNewton Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2016  Student General Artist
This is amazingI am a dummy! 
TheOneWhoTries Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
this was quite HANDY 
guns-for-stars Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god thank you so much for making this
AngelExtremer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Omg man i love u <3
Bastius6078DA Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks pretty helpful
F-urri Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student General Artist
yaoi hands
dracomewqem Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for saving me my hand lord
AaronicWorksInc Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I f***in hate drawing hands... not matter how am I tryin'... lookin' back to this tutorial... I FAIL SO HARD! F*** MY LIFE...!
(sometimes I wish I would be dead)

Anyway, pretty good, well detailed, I never tought such sketching view like this.
SoleWorker Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Ive always battled with hands in my drawing journey, so when i see a good hand tut, its a must collect! This is one of those ^^
Dorobo-kun Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow awesome tutorial!! thank you very much!!
Salvadorio Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Haha. A falling piano, awesome, thanks for the help.
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most epic useful tutorial! Thank you very much!
RaxelMaestro Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student
I hope this will make me go back to sanity while drawing hands.
SurgeonDrD Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy cow! You are a life saver! Thank you so much for your tutorials, they have helped me out. You're the best!
SnootyKooty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you deserve a medal for your tutorials. thank you so much!
someonecute Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! thank you for posting this! Is so helpful. I suck at drawing hands and this helped me automatically. thank you so much ily. :D (Big Grin) Hug 
K-MUTT Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I fear the piano every time I draw a bad hand. :P
ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL at the baby ham hand xD am I weird for feeling some urge to bite cute stuff, like small kids, puppies, and my poor little sister?
CedricHeinrich Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial! :) Actually what's hardest and most helping is your last note not to give up... I always wondered where those pianos where coming from...
AngHuiQing Featured By Owner Edited Apr 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey there! I've returned a number of times to this tutorial, and it's certainly helped, and I wanna step up my ability to draw hands and feet. So I'm just wondering if you have any recommendations for practicing? Are there any practices or exercises that you find works? Aside from drawing a ton of hands (which isn't a problem but I'm curious about different approaches too). Thanks for your time and for sharing with us! :)
dokiku Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
how do i know how to place the hand and fingers like...??
i can't imagine them in solid form... ;3;
shingworks Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Try looking at a skeleton hand, like, google for a pic! You can even take a marker and try and draw the skeleton on your skin :) a) it's fun, b) you'll figure out that the fingers attach in a way that makes a lot of sense, mechanically. The meat around the skeleton is details; if you don't know what the underlying structure is then all your hands will just be guesswork. Once you have the skeleton down, you can look at the muscles and after that, hands will no longer be a mystery at all
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It was better then others I have seen which is actually few but its good! I do wish the text was bigger though.
Kandles Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is such a good tutorial! I come back to it every time I struggle to draw a hand.
LordHiraka Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Thank you this was rather helpful
ShingStreet Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Damn, i have hard times with hands. Thanks you so much for this tutorial.
CJRstudios Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay, I'm ambivalent towards anime, but who thought the melted paw thing was a good idea?!
FieryWarrior46 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!!!
sonicluke Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Cool :)
gardendoor Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I remembered this from a few years back, and loved it, but for some reason now only the tiny version shows; there's something wrong with the full-size version. Is it possible to re-upload it?
shingworks Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
weird... large size is showing for me... you can also push the "download" button, that will show you the image at the full size!
gardendoor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
That worked, thanks!
Feyjane Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Featherdream Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I could say thank you probably a million times and it wouldn't be enough. 
I am an artist struggling so much with hands and you just saved me so much, I made quite an awesome hand just now.
I'm amazed I finally did it :party: THANK YOU
ArtTeacher221 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Do you have all of these tutorials in a poster format?  I would love to purchase the entire set for my classes.
Hisscale Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha never would I have thought the thing I use to draw would in fact be so hard to draw itself. Bah, this tutorial is a thing of beauty of course. :D
GlassesHipster Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you for your great share of knowledge, this helps so much!
Kerzid Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the tutorial (thank you for helping me cliché *ding*)
Results are mighty fine: linky-link
vitaminanime Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
By any chance would you have a tutorial for drawing hands in repose at the sides (you know, just resting naturally)? For me that's the worst they just end up looking like blobs
shingworks Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have a tut for that in particular, but here are some tips... note how the fingers interact in relation to each other. Are the pressed together, slightly apart? Note the curve of the fingers. Are they really curled? tense? straight? etc. Note where the thumb is and what it's doing, and what angle it's at (I use the thumbnail as a guide to tell).

But overall, the very best way to draw any kind of hand/ pose is simply to make it yourself, with your own body... really depends on the character! If they're modeling clothes, maybe the hand should be hanging naturally. But if someone is in a determined way, maybe their hand pose has more energy to it. It's fun to do your own acting, and really teaches you how to look at the way you draw :)
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