3 Steps to Drawing Hands | Christina Standridge | Skillshare
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8 Lessons (27m) View My Notes
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What to Expect

    • 3. 3 Basic Steps

    • 4. Shapes of the Hand

    • 5. Observing Hand Positions

    • 6. Transitioning to Lines

    • 7. Lines into Form

    • 8. Creating Form with Light and Shadow


About This Class

This lesson will be over the basics of drawing the hand anatomy. We will break this process into simple steps of shapes, lines, forms, light and shade to form different poses of the hand. These three steps will allow you a solid foundation to build your observation skills on and grow in different still life perspectives of the human form. All hands are different so let's see yours! I encourage you to share your project with us all and any takeaways you might have to add to the class.


-Either a digital sketchbook with pen and access to an art app or a physical Sketch pad with a pen, charcoal, or pencil.

-camera for taking photos of different hand perspectives

Optional materials: tracing paper if you choose to follow our digital layer approach through a physical sketch.



1. Intro: high class. I wanted to come on here to begin with to first introduce myself. My name is Cristina Stand Ridge and I reside in Connecticut. I am a mom of almost three and, um ah, wife to a guy in the military. So we're definitely used to move around a lot and just a lot of changes and everything. And that's what my last class was mainly about. This class is going to be about something that I've had a lot of feedback on about drawing hands in the anatomy of hands. And so, first and foremost, I would like to I heard you or encourage you to maybe look up the anatomy of a hand like the muscles, how they work in different movements, the bones, everything. Before we get started on this, I will cover, um, the basics of drawing hands into shading. And I'm gonna do it through my I pad. You do not have to do it through your iPad at all. If you do not have one, you do not have to do this digitally. You can completely use a sketchbook. If that is something that you are comfortable with, any media really will work with this. As long as you are focused on studying how the hand moves, especially in light and shadows, that's what we're gonna focus on to stay. So I hope that you enjoy this class and get a lot out of it that you can take into other aspects of art. 2. What to Expect : Okay, class. So the first step of this is, of course, choosing your media If you chose to do a sketchbook of some sort than I hope that you have that in front of you. If you chose to do this digitally, I will show you what I use. I'm using that procreate. So I already prepared one for you. And then I'm going to go through in another video and actually do one step by step. So, uh, your first step is Teoh. As you can see, I started out doing the anatomy of my hand in different positions. So I want you to First, you can see the shadows from the white in my window. And this is what I want you to dio. I want you to take pictures of your hands or one of your hands in different positions, different lighting so you can focus on your shades. And then I want you to pick maybe three or four positions that you want to try and even the ones that you were uncomfortable with that you don't think that you're confident enough Teoh succeed at I still want you to try it. It does not hurt to see where you're at and what you need to work on. So that is your first step. And then your second step is going to be simply I will show you the time lapse video. This is just going to be observational. And then I'll go through step by step with you and in a later video so you can see how everything is pretty much ovals and circles. I've seen a lot of people do hand like this. It's pretty much the same thing, but you do squares and, um, rectangles and everything. So it's really whatever you're comfortable with and whatever makes sense to you. Squares. They just don't make sense to me in the form of hands. I find our hands to be very, um, circular. In general, I know that in total, it might be boxy looking, but like when you break it down, we see our fingers haven't oval shape and maybe are like the tips of our fingers have ovals , oval shapes. And then our overall overall finger has an oval shape. Um, and then this part of your some may seem oval shape, so that is just what makes sense to me. and then I could break down the palm of our hands and the way that they move in oval shapes , so hope that that made sense. And then we will go on to the next step on procreate. It's really easy and I'll come to go through this later. But you can separate your layers. So I just made the opacity of the first layer that I showed you see, now you can see it a lot more. I was kind of dimmed it down to work. It's still see it, but then go over what I did. So that's the amazing part of procreate that I really enjoy. So I will show you this time lapse, and it will show you the very beginning of what we already looked at. And then you can see how I went over and I really studied the lines of my hand. So first will focus on the shape. Then we're really gonna focus on lines and then you can go through and drop the capacity of that layer. If you're doing this on procreate as well and we will focus on shading and lighting on the hands to create that sense of um, form and movement. So that is where I will demonstrate the last section. And as you can see, this was very focused on how the light hit the bones of my fingers and just a form of my hand in general. So making it more three d looking. So we will move on from our basic forms and lines and go straight into light and shadows to create the practice of drawing hands. And trust me, I know that mine are not far from perfect, actually. So it is all about learning and lots of practice in just a willingness to pay attention to detail. I still have a lot of work to do myself, but we can grow together. 3. 3 Basic Steps: Okay, class. So in this video series coming up, we are going to be focusing on the basics. I'm going to teach you how we can break down the form of the hand into shapes into very common shapes to make this very simple process. And we're going to build off of that and create form out of white and shades and lines, and we'll do it in three simple steps. And then from there you can keep studying the form of hands and work on this on your own. So I hope that you get a great, um, form of knowledge out of this and that something that you can apply to the rest of your artwork and keep building. Because I know I have been practicing for a while and it's still far, far from perfect. But it is all of learning process. 4. Shapes of the Hand: Okay, So in this video, we are going to focus on the absolute basics. So just putting together some shapes to start to understand the lines of our hands, and then we will form them. So if you were doing this with a sketchbook, I suggest you go ahead and get your sketchbook of choice out. Um, your tools of choice, such as a pencil or a pen, whatever you feel comfortable with. And then if you're doing this on procreate with me, we will create a new one. Um, you do that by your plus sighing. I typically choose the portrait option for any kind of human form. So, um, I have mindset for the black option. You can go. I will actually probably change it. Too little more charcoal gray. And then I have mindset on sketching and HP pencil. That is what I feel more comfortable with for right now. So I'm going to have my you can use the pictures of your hands if you decided to take pictures. Um, for right now, I'm going to just use my actual hands. So I have mine looking like this. So from my angle, it looks something like that so for right now what I'm going to dio is I want to start with the base of my palm. So I like to break the base of the poem out into ovals, a top where we can move right here, connected to our knuckles and then the rest. So mine is going to look something by That's my top. And then the rest of it could be something like that does not have to be perfect. Just something to start you off with. And then I have this part that I'm focusing on right now, which will overlap. And then I have the bottom part of my thumb and then the top. So if that can make some sense here, no turning back, I'm gonna start on the rest of my finger. So and I like to, um, take my fingers and put them into sections of three, if that makes sense. So 123 So that's what why? I'm doing three oval shapes and then I got I'm overlapping of it right here. I think I'm actually gonna make them a little bit longer when actually do this because yeah . So I'm going to fix this right here. It's okay to make some mistakes. We're all learning. And then my pinky keep actually doing that. Left handed problems. Okay, so that is, um, the hand I have going on right there. So now, once you're done with that, if you're doing this appropriate if you are not doing this appropriate, I hope you sketch lightly so you can go over this. If not, we always use a separate sheet of paper, either tried again or simply refer back to this sketch. So I'm gonna go to my layers. I was on layer one. You click the end, then you can go here, go to rapacity. I'm gonna bring it down to just where I can barely see if it's to see it. Enough. So maybe 10%. Um, Okay, 13. Fine, too. So, um, create a new layer, and then I'm gonna go back to my pencil. So now have my hand in the same spot I did. I start paying more attention, using the shapes I have here as guides. And then in our next video, we're gonna start with later to we're going to start focusing on the lines in connecting it to our shapes. So I will see you in the next video. And I hope that you enjoyed this one 5. Observing Hand Positions: All right, So now we're in our second portion, which will be focusing on lines. We're not focusing on lights and shadows right now. We just got done focusing on shapes. So if you can see my screen, I will dark in this a little bit. Actually, I went back to layer one, and I'm darkening this for you so you can see it. What we did in the last class and going to a racist. So, um, these were our basic shapes of our hands. My hand was kind of looking like this. So now if you can get the same form that you were looking at before, whether it be from a picture or your actual hand you If you're doing this on procreate with me, you can go to our second layer. We created a new layer. Make sure that you have your opacity on the first layer down to where you can barely see it . But just see it enough to help you form some lines. We don't want it to overpower what we're doing right now. And then later we can get rid of the line, Uh, the layer altogether. So I'm going to be looking exactly what lines I see my easiest thing to do in the section to start with the poem. And I'm just gonna simply bring it down where I see the lines and just really focus on what you see. Don't focus on what you think you know about your hand because that's what gets us in a lot of trouble. As an artist, we let our minds control what our eyes actually see. So sorry, not quite ready for the shading part yet. Don't bring that line a little down further. These lines do not have to be perfect. You're just giving us a guide to what we're going to be shading. You're in the future and what's really cool about hands is everybody's hands are different . So I'm excited to see what you guys come up with at the end of this project. I am drying basic shapes and lines of phone right now and this can This will only be as complicated as you make it out to be. I promise you can see a little bit of my first knuckle right here so we can see where I made a couple of mistakes with my shapes. but they're just guides now. I have to stick with it. That layer will be gone shortly anyways. And if you're actually doing this from your life and make sure losing your form like I just did so it can be hard when you're focusing to know who's focused on where you had your hand , because it can move without you realising it. So I'm not going crazy with detail right now. I'm just getting basic lines that I see. Okay, one more to go. I don't feel like you have to go quickly. Like if I'm going too quick for you that it's completely fine. I just want to make sure to give you all the information you need to do this yourself. Don't feel like you have to keep up with me. Feel free to pause the video. I take it at your own level. Taking your time on this will actually allow you to observe what you're looking at A lot better. Then what? I am so okay. So I had a rough idea of my hand is right now and I can see that I overdid it on my poem. Kind of come out just a little too far. That's okay. So and you see nothing. Perfect. But it gets, um it done, and we're going to go ahead and get rid of layer one. So now we just see layer to we're gonna bring our opacity down and begin with are last video, which is bringing these lines into more of a three d form with focusing on how the light hits our hands, the bones and muscles in our hands and the shadows as well. So I will see you in 6. Transitioning to Lines: So this is our third and final segment on the anatomy of hands. And what we're going to be doing in this video is taking the layer that we did before, which was just on the basic lines we see on her hands, and we're gonna shape it a little bit better and turn it into more three D form by focusing on lights and shadows. 7. Lines into Form: Okay, so in this section, we're going to focus on our lights and shadows. So, as you can tell, I cleaned up my form a little bit. And like I said, this is a learning process for everybody. So, um, I'll show you are kind of deleted. This is where I was at, and that was from my original. We're here a form, and I just had to clean it up a little bit. So here I am at lier three, where I clean that my form a little bit. I paid attention to the lines in the positionings of I had my hand like this where you can see where each section of your finger lines up with the next. So I tried to portray that in this picture. So now we if you're doing this on procreate with me, I would like for you to hit this section on layer and bring the opacity down to about 14% and then at a new layer, and we are going to focus on our lights and shadows. So again, I'm going to bring my hand positioning out on how I'm looking. You may be referring Teoh a, um, section in your picture if you took pictures of different forms of your hand or you may be doing it live like I am, so either way is perfectly fine. And if you're doing this with a sketch book, um, if you wanted to get the layer forms of what we're doing on procreating, you can also use tracing paper. Um, Teoh, get an idea of how those layers are formed. So I am going to stick with charcoal color, and I'm going to do make it a little lighter. Try to do a medium me and greatest are that way. And then I'm actually going to change this into a charcoal instead of a sketching tool, and I'm going to pick to compressed and so I can see my lines well enough, but I don't want it to be overwhelming, so you can start shading where you see the shadows. Shadows are mainly gonna be where your lines are at, and I would not overthink this part at all. We need to share what you see. Don't worry about how dark it's gonna be. We're doing a very medium shade to begin with, and in this section, you may even catch some mistakes that you've made a long way and can alter it with your shadings. That is the beauty of each layer. You will learn something new about the last, and you can fix it based on that. So I have a lot of shadow under from where my life is hitting. My light is hitting mainly in this direction. You can see I'm not letting this part get too detailed. When light and shadow come together, that's when form happens. 8. Creating Form with Light and Shadow: