The key to drawing a human character is to learn how to draw its physical features one by one first. Now, we will be learning how to draw a hand with five fingers.
Our hand is what we use to hold things and get things done, so it is a very important part of the human’s body.
We have curated a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a hand, summarized in 9 easy and simple steps.
What’s more, we have created illustrations to accompany each instruction, making the process a lot easier for you to follow.
Have fun and use your artistic skills to draw a realistic-looking hand!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw a Hand – Let’s get started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 – Draw the Little Finger
- Step 3 – Next, Draw the Ring Finger
- Step 4 – Then, Draw the Middle Finger
- Step 5 – Now, Draw the Index Finger
- Step 6 – Afterwards, Draw the Thumb
- Step 7 – Draw the Wrist of the Hand
- Step 8 – Add Lines on the Palm and the Fingers
- Step 9 – Now, Refine the Hand Drawing
- Here’s how you can make your hand drawing even better…
- Your Hand Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw a Hand – Let’s get started!
Start by drawing an uneven circle shape on the bottom portion of your paper. The top part of the figure should be slightly diagonal while the bottom part is rounded. This outlines the shape of the palm.
Remember, draw with a gentle grip and light stroke when drawing the shape of the palm.
Since this is only an outline, avoid pressing down too hard with your pencil so we can easily remove some parts of the outline that we no longer need later on.
Step 2 – Draw the Little Finger
Draw an elongated inverted U-shaped line on the upper leftmost side of the palm.
This forms the little finger—the smallest finger—directly connected to the palm.
Step 3 – Next, Draw the Ring Finger
Draw another inverted U-shaped line on the right side of the first one we drew in the previous step. This forms the ring finger right beside the little finger.
Keep in mind that the ring finger should be relatively taller than the little finger.
Step 4 – Then, Draw the Middle Finger
To create the middle finger, draw an upside down U-shaped curve right beside the ring finger.
Remember, the middle finger is the tallest of all five fingers. So, make sure to keep that in mind when drawing the fingers.
After finishing this step, the palm should now have three fingers attached to it.
Step 5 – Now, Draw the Index Finger
Draw another finger on the rightmost part at the top of the palm. This forms the index finger of the hand. Bear in mind that the index finger should be as tall as the ring finger.
At this point, all four fingers directly above the palm should be complete. Now, all it’s missing is the thumb, which we’ll be drawing on the next step.
Step 6 – Afterwards, Draw the Thumb
Finalize the hand by adding the thumb affixed on the right side edge of the palm. The thumb should have a bit wider form compared to the other four fingers.
Now, all five fingers on the hand are complete at last.
Step 7 – Draw the Wrist of the Hand
Draw two short vertical lines right underneath the palm. This forms the wrist, which is the part of the body that connects the hand with the arm.
The gap in between the lines should be how wide you want the wrist to be—the bigger the gap, the wider the wrist.
Step 8 – Add Lines on the Palm and the Fingers
The hand typically has lines all over it, especially across the palm and on all five fingers. These lines are called palmar flexion creases, a distinctive physical feature that we develop even before birth.
To create the lines, draw a few lines on the palm and one line for the joints on each finger. Make sure to keep these lines thin to make it appear more natural.
Step 9 – Now, Refine the Hand Drawing
In this final step, we will be polishing up our hand drawing. Simply erase all the parts of the palm outline on each of the five fingers as well as the wrist.
By getting rid of these lines, the fingers and the wrist would look like it’s directly connected to the palm—as how it should really be!
Be careful when erasing some lines from the outline. You don’t want to accidentally erase any essential parts of the hand.
After successfully drawing a hand, here’s the most awaited part—coloring time! This is completely optional, but we recommend coloring your drawing to make your artwork colorful.
This also makes your drawing experience a lot more fun!
As you can see in the illustration, we colored the hand using a customized skin tone color. Creating a skin tone color is easy and simple! Just mix the colors white, yellow, red, and blue.
Depending on the complexion you’re trying to achieve, you may need to add more of a certain color.
Have fun playing with colors and watch as the hand ultimately comes to life!
Here’s how you can make your hand drawing even better…
Try your hand at these tips we have for your hand sketch to make it even better!
As you can see just from your own hands, we can move them into many different positions and poses.
You could customize your drawing of a hand by changing the positioning of the fingers and the hand as a whole.
You could get some ideas for this merely by moving the fingers on your own hands. Then, try to see if you can replicate the pose in your picture.
Making a few variations could also be fun!
This picture we created shows the left hand of a person. Building on from our previous suggestion, you could also show other poses by drawing the right hand to go along with this one.
That way, you could not only try out different poses and positions but also create some more dynamic scenes.
What are some different poses you could make by adding a second hand to the picture you are creating?
Once you have this hand drawing looking as you want it, you could then make it even better by adding some more of the body they are attached to.
This could just be more of the arms, or you could portray the entire body of the character. This character could be drawn in any style you like, and the hands could be adapted to suit your chosen style.
Who would you base this character on if you were to go with this idea?
Whether you go with the previous suggestions for this hand sketch or not, you could customize the hand with various pieces of jewelry or other features.
For some examples, the hand could have various rings on the fingers, or you could have a bracelet on the wrist. If you drew more of the arms, then you could even add features like tattoos.
Having more defined nails with some polish on them could also allow you to add some more colors to the picture.
Your Hand Drawing is Complete!
Hopefully, you had fun with this step-by-step hand drawing tutorial. Now that you’re capable of drawing a hand, perhaps you can draw a character waving its hand to say hello next?
Go ahead and check out our “How to Draw” catalog to explore many more enjoyable drawing tutorials like this.
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We are excited to see your realistic hand drawing!