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Hello! I'm Kiki-Tayler, the one-who-studies-hands.
Hands are complicated things and a daunting challenge for artists everywhere. In this article, I'll walk you through the structure of the hand, how hands bend and move, and how to predict where folds of skin and flesh will appear.
Whenever I'm looking at something complicated, I find it helpful to look at the bones first.
The 8 carpal bones don't need to be differentiated. While they do flex and move, we almost never see it from underneath layers of skin and muscle. So I always treat them as a single shape.
The Metacarpals hide within the palm of your hand, with their far end becoming part of your first knuckle. In between these long bones are elastic muscles and tendons that knit and mesh together to form your palm. Strip all that away an