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Hands have a reputation for being difficult to draw. Some portrait artists avoid them entirely, choosing instead to use folds of clothing (or flowers, or a even a strategically placed small pet) to block them from view. Yet, the hands are wonderfully expressive. With a bit of practice and an understanding of their basic structure, you may discover that they become one of your favorite drawing subjects. Here’s a quick tutorial, drawn in 2B pencil. I use a step-by-step approach, starting with the basic forms and then working outward, to get accurate proportions:

You can practice “fleshing out” your simple palm-fingers-thumb-wrist sketches by drawing from photographs of hands in action… or use your own non-drawing hand as your model.

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