How To Draw Hands

——   Created by Robert Joyner

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In this class you will discover easy methods for how to draw hands. This class is perfect for all levels as we will start from the very beginning and work our way through each stage adding more and more structure.

To help simplify the drawing process I will share my two main drawing tips: gesture & structure. These are the key drawing tools used for all hand parts.

I've also included how to draw the forearm since it attaches to the wrist and hand. It gives the hand more context and meaning.

The class is broken down into three main sections:

  1. Lecture series: Here is where I will share knowledge for drawing all main components of the hand. Again, starting with the forearm and working through the wrist, base of the hand (palm and back of hand), thumb and fingers. Once the basics are covered I will share some intermediate ideas such as fingernails, knuckles, and the transitions from forearm to wrist, wrist to hand, hand to fingers and so on.
  2. Master's examples: We will look at a series of works by the Master's and see how they may have utilized these ideas in their hand drawings.
  3. Projects: There are two projects that include gesture and gesture & structure. It's in the form of a reel so images are timed. You will be asked to draw a series of gestures to begin. Then in the second assignment you will do both gesture and structure. And....I will end the class by doing the same exact projects as you did. So, you can compare your thoughts and approach to my ideas. A GREAT learning tool!

So, what do you say? Ready to draw some amazing hands? Let's get started!

Materials used in this course: Student grade paper (print paper works fine), sharpie markers and 4B graphite pencil.

The course project

Complete the two project reels. The first one covers gesture and the second is gesture & structure. Remember that you only need to use some of the ideas shared in this class. If you are new to drawing hands then start with the very basics like tapering tube for the forearm and ass the base of the hand. And build on that slowly, one thing at a time! Go back and watch the lessons again and add more structure as you see fit.

I have included all the model reference photos (un-cropped so images include all body parts :) But the same hand images are available so feel free to download pics that are in the zip file.

I've also included all my demo images for each lesson.

31 Lessons

Two basic drawing ideas
Hand and wrist connection
Forearm swing and curve
Radius and Ulna bones
Base of the hand
Basic hand anatomy
Basic thumb ideas
The fingers
Finger tips & nails
Fingernails continued
Thumb characteristics
Thumb characteristics continued
Fingernails in detail
Fingernails in detail continued
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About the instructor

Hi, I'm Robert Joyner.

I'm a full time paint-slinger from Richmond, Virginia specializing in watercolor, acrylic & mixed media paintings. Best known for my signature loose brushwork and carefree approach to creating abstract style artwork.

Here's a quick look at some of my bragging rights.

Official Artist 2012 Kentucky Derby …

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