Sketching Hands the Easy Way | Lisa Marie SketchingScarlet | Skillshare
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5 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Breaking Hands into Easy Shapes

    • 4. Sketching Hands Step by Step

    • 5. Outro

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About This Class

Hands are a drawing subject many artists, beginners as well as professionals struggle with.

In a worst case scenario tend to avoid sketching them all together!

In this class we will take the complex shape of a hand and break it into smaller, simple shapes that are easier to understand and replicate! :)

This will not only make it easier for you to sketch hands but hopefully also more enjoyable.

So get your supplies and let's tackle this goal together!

Please don't forget that this class is about using simple shapes and therefore doesn't touch on anatomy. Looking at the bone struckture and muscles as well as many references of real hands will help you understanding them greatly!

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Lisa Marie SketchingScarlet

Artist and Illustrator


Hello, I'm Lisa Marie! You may know me as SketchingScarlet from my Instagram or Youtube channel! :)

I am a freelance and social media artist working in watercolor, gouache and whatever falls into my hands and gets me creative :)

I post videos with tips and tricks as well as insights on my creative process on my youtube channel but I am using Skillshare for more in depth and carefully made classes since it allows me to invest more time into each class and really give you my all!

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1. Intro: Hey, guys, My name is Lisa, and I'm a part time freelance illustrator. You may know me, a sketching scholar to from my YouTube channel or Instagram, but in this class, I want to be explaining to you how I break down hands and how I simplify their shapes just to make it easier for me to sketch them in my illustrations. I never really understood why people try to avoid drawing hands, and I always really enjoyed it. So I hope taking this class will make you enjoy drawing hands just as much as I do, Or at least make it easier for you if you struggle with it. 2. Supplies: Okay, so let's talk about the supplies that you need to follow this class. It's really simple. I just use my sketchbook. Um, it's just, Ah, someone and burn mixed media sketchbook. I think it's the beat. A serious, But honestly, you could even use printer paper or any other paper that you like. It doesn't really matter. Anything would do and for sketching. I you just use this big ballpoint pen. And like I said, you can use any cheap ballpoint pen or pencil whatever you want. Just make sure that you do not using a razor because we're not trying to create a masterpiece in this class. We're trying to make you understand how a hand works in how to simplify it in the easy way . And if you make mistakes, just either draw over it or ignore it, or just do it again. But don't raise because you don't want to hold yourself up. You don't want to waste your time with erasing when you could use it for practicing more 3. Breaking Hands into Easy Shapes: Okay, so in this section, we're just going to talk about what shapes, hands are built off and what shapes I usually mark when I get sketching. So, yeah, let's start with the back of the hand because that's just the easiest and the most obvious ones that jump out to you right away. It's just the back of the hand and the shape of the wrist or arm that I usually like to mark two when I draw, even when I draw just hands, because it just changes a lot about the hand because, like if you have your wrist like this, your hand is like very smooth here, like your skin is very smooth. But if you bend your hand in words like this, your skin gets wrinkled up here. So I usually like to mark where my wrist it's. So I know if I have to draw wrinkles or not, and stuff like that, and also just the angle at what the hunt is presented. So it's just really useful. But yeah, um, the first I'm just gonna take a different color for this. But the first, um, shape that might not be as obvious. Or maybe people won't mark as regularly is the shape of the thumb. And I usually just market kind of about that. Um, that way because if you don't have the thumb, your your shape is just this kind of almost rectangle. But if you have your thumb stepping sticking out, it adds that little extra triangle to the shape. So I usually like to mark that, because just shows the way the Thomas sticking out. But yeah, on the next shape is really because this is like I said, really simple. The next shape is just the fingers, and here I would mark the tiny like the pinky. I'm old market as a separate shape, as well as the thump obviously on. And these ones, you could either mark as, uh, like, grouped shape. Or you could mark this as a group shape and this as a single finger, depending on how you want to go. But that's basically that's how I would mark this hands or sketch out this hand before I get into details. So now I basically have. If I don't show the photo, that's skater of the photo for a sec. I have this general outline for a hand already. So I just know much easier where to put my details, which which is just really useful. Let's make this hand appear again and let's move on to the 2nd 1 The 2nd 1 is just the palm of the hand, like the other side of the hand, and it's fairly easy still. But there's a little Mawr shapes that I would personally mark. So, yeah, we're just going to start with this again. And this is just our basic like, um, hands, center and the arm. And now, as you know, from the previous one, I also marked the thumb shape. But for this one, since it's the inside of the hand and you have, like, a bump here and a bump here, I don't only mark the thumb here, I actually marked the entire bump of it. Um, just because if I want to be more detailed, I know where to have that kind of like line. Um, and usually I mark either a bump here or even all the way up here. Sometimes I even mark this area, too, because that's just the bump areas. Well, this is like the valley. This is kind of the mountain of the hands. I guess you could say so. Yeah. Um it's really up to you. How much affect you want a mark. But that's usually what I do. And then in the end, obviously, we're gonna do our fingers again. We have been the single shape for the thumb, and then we can decide once again whether we want to do it like this or the other way. I would probably just mark the fingers as such. And don't forget to have that curve here, because your middle finger is obviously going to be a longer or in most cases, gonna be longer than the other fingers and sticking up more. So I usually have, like, a bit of a curve on the top here when I mark fingers together. But once again, let's get rid of the hand here, that one. We just have that shape where you can already tell that it's supposed to be a hand when it grows up. But like it's really, um, easy to see what you have to do next, basically, So I think those shapes are really, really helpful. Okay, let's get that back and move on to the last one, which I just picked a fist, um, to show you guys because first of all, it's a little more difficult, I guess. And second of all, I want to tell you something about fingers that you probably know. But maybe you haven't thought of it so far. Because when you have your hand open like this, the fingers naturally spreads apart from each other, so they're they're gonna be spreading outwards. But if you close your head together, the fingers are spreading inwards to come together. So basically, you have this when you spread the fingers outside. Okay, this is looking really New Delhi, but you get the gist, and when they're coming in together, you have them spread in together and have, like, the shape kind of like this. Okay, As I said, this is very, very general right now, but, um, yeah, so for this hand, we obviously have the shape of the hand again and the shape of the wrist again. A zoo always this really easy. So this should not be a problem for you. But now we have the thumb which is clung in obits. So in this case, the thumb is like below those fingers, Um, was you're not gonna mark right now, but, um, the shape of it would basically be this entire thing and maybe even this thing, too, if you wanted to, Because, like I said, this is where the finger goes. But then I would also mark this because it's the other bum. This bump we can't see because it's covered by the other fingers. But now the shape for the fingers would be this because they're all together. So this would be the finger shaped the general one. And if you want to, you could mark the thumb, but you can't see it, so it doesn't really make sense on if you want to. You can also mark that little outside part as part of the finger. But I wouldn't probably not do that because it's kind of included in the white shape. So, for example, if you will make this picture disappear is already a bit more difficult to figure out what it's gonna look like. So that's why I lightly marked the thumb here. I don't know if you can see it. It's like a light pink, Um and yeah, I just marked it to remember. Okay, those are the fingers that are covering my thumb, and they're kind of like this and have those bumps year. Right? So that's that's how I would continue. Probably, um, outlining it. But yeah, let's move on to the next section where I actually draw some hands off the reference photos that I took So you can see how exactly I would go about not only drawing the general shapes , but also during the details. But you're going to see that I will also use those general shapes to start off with because it just makes life or in this case, sketching hands just so much easier. But yeah, let's move on to the next section. 4. Sketching Hands Step by Step: So this is the part Word gets interesting. As you can see, I brought in my sketchbook because we're getting sketching now. I am just putting the picture of the hand that I'm drawing right now on screen so you can see what I'm doing. And as you can see, I did that little thing that we did in the puree, a section where marks the basic shapes that I'm drawing out on paper right now. I'm during them really, really lightly because I usually tend to draw really that really lightly with my ballpoint pen. But I hope you can see the general shapes. They basically the ones that I mocked on the photo. I also mocked where I had the curve of the three fingers going upwards and the little bump off the thumb going outwards. But as you can see, the markings on the head just disappeared because I am actually getting into detail right now because after I put down the general mostly oval based shapes for fingers and bumps and all kinds of things, I started drawing that little, um, bone that is sticking out on the wrist in this case. And I'm just starting to get more detail into the finger and drawing the little bumps and creases. Basically, because for the fingers, the regular fingers, you have a little bit more of, ah, sticking out part or bumping out part in the, um, section that is closes to the back of the hand that's a little more chubby against, you could say. And then the other parts of the finger, actually much more slender and like turning inwards off course. This just my own hand. And there is a lot of different body types that also can effects what the fingers look like . So you're free to use your own hand or use hands from the Internet or any kind of hands off course, man. Hands are also gonna look slightly different. But that's just the general shape of its Andi. Yeah, As you can see, I'm just marking. I'm first of all, marking just the shape of the finger. And then I continue to draw the little creases on. Then I draw in the fingernail, which, yeah, is in the top section off the finger, obviously, as you probably know, because yeah, um, you're most likely gonna look at your hands every single day, a little bit redundant. Now I'm just trying the other fingers, as you can see, I sometimes especially for the longer fingers. And this is an especially useful tip for drying fingers that are not a Saudi straight but bend. I draw in a little circle. Oh, um, at that's part where the little creases off the finger would be. Where is basically joins? And that's where the fingers do bend, if the Arbenz and usually at that part, which is also why I draw a circle, Um, the finger has a little round bump to each site, so that's really helpful for drawing the fingers. Andi, as I said in the previous part when I talked about the sand, is you could basically mark those two fingers as one shape because they were so close together administration or in the photo that they are essentially one shape. Until you really define the details in this illustration, I accidentally drew a little bit over the page, so I started the hand a little bit too high up on the page. But like I said, we're trying to make anything perfect. Right now. We're just trying to use what we just learned about the shapes and apply it to actual hands . As you can see, I drew the hand pretty detailed but still stylized. But feel free to make your hand is detailed and as realistic as you like, though I do recommend not to make it to stylized and two simplified, because then you're not really gonna be able to apply everything that we just talked about . Now let's move on to the second. This is probably a little bit of a mess to look at right now because the shapes are very weird and almost not looking like a hand you're going to see in just a few seconds why this is. And it's especially because the thumb is actually at an angle and some of the fingers are turned in warts and pointing towards the palm of the hand while you can see the back of the hand. So obviously, some of the fingers are not gonna be as visible, and I'm just marking down the shape right now, as you can see on the page. Um, I actually didn't start off with the wrist this time. I am actually doing it in the end, which doesn't really matter if it's really not about the order. And if you're more used to it, you can switch up the order, though it does make sense to start with the central oval shape, obviously. But yeah, the lines just disappeared, and I can see how those fingers are hidden behind the other fingers. Essentially. And here I'm just starting to dry in the details during some little creases, drawing that bone sticking out again. And then I usually like to start with the thumb. So I'm just starting with that shape off the thumb, just surrounding it again and a little bit with that crees between the thumb and the index finger here. I'm just trying to explore kind of the, um, angle the thumbs up. It's a little bit on. It's a little bit difficult, but Yeah, I'm just generally sketching it down during the nail for this one. I feel like I made the fingernail a little bit too long for the perspective and also a little bit too much on the side. But as I said, it's just the sketchbooks, so I don't really mind as long as you guys get the General just but here. Um, we actually have a little bit off that bump that you can see when you see the palm of the hand. So obviously you can easily tell. That's before I started drawing the index finger amid a little bit of a bump in that, um, line between the thumb and the next finger. Here, you can see the fingers being slightly tilted so you can see the thing that I'm usually doing is drawing a line that is almost bent a little bit downwards for the top off the finger, while the bottom off the finger is usually like a belly line. So I m also bent a little bit downwards. But since the volume of it is above it, it's basically the belly line, and the upper line has the volume of the finger below it. So it's like that, um, almost it's Yeah, it's almost like the belly in the back. Um, just in finger segments. Um, I have makes sense to you guys right now. Here. I'm drawing the fingers that you can't see as well. You can see the fingertip peeking out a little bit behind that middle finger, and then this finger is just almost completely hidden and I drive very round and then just draw the bump that is the back of the hand starting to curve out and that's it for the second end. 5. Outro: I hope you had fun with this class, and it made you understand how to draw hands a little bit better if you have any remaining questions that were unanswered in the classroom. Frito, ask me anytime and please share your projects or things that you drew while taking this class in the project section. I'm really looking forward to seeing your results. And I'll see you in the next class. Bye.