Four Very Basic Techniques For Drawing Cartoon Hands

Sorry, I couldn't resist using a groan-inducingly terrible pun here.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist using a groan-inducingly terrible pun here.

Well, since I can’t seem to think of a good topic for today’s article, I thought that I’d share a technique for drawing realistically-proportioned cartoon hands that I either remembered or worked out a couple of weeks ago – as well as three other tips and tricks I’ve been using for a while.

Although I’ll only be showing you four techniques, these can be combined in all sorts of ways that will allow you to draw cartoon hands in virtually any position.

For some reason, hands are often one of the most difficult parts of a cartoon character to draw even vaguely realistically – so, I hope that this is useful πŸ™‚

Although all of the examples in this article will be drawn in ink (because it’s easier to see on a computer screen), it’s obviously best to draw your hand in pencil first because you will have to erase all of the earlier stages of your hand once you’ve finished drawing it.

So, let’s get started.

1) An open hand that is facing away from the viewer:

Firstly, sketch two lines for the arm – these should curve inwards slightly and get very slightly narrower towards one end:

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 1

Once you’ve done this, add a square to the end of your arm. It should be slightly taller than the arm, but not too much taller.

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 2

When you’ve drawn your square, then add five lines to it. These will represent the fingers and the thumb – the line for the thumb should start near the back of the square and the lines for the four fingers should start about three quarters of the way across your square. You should end up with something that looks like this:

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 3

Once you’ve done this, all you have to do is to draw outlines around each finger (whilst making sure that they are the correct length). Remember to start at the end of your “arm” nearest the thumb and end at the other end of it. Also, be sure to remember that literally every corner of your hand should be curved too. You should end up with something like this.

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 4

After this, add fingernails and knuckles before tracing over your hand with a pen and erasing your pencil lines. You should end up with something like this.

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 5

Well done! You’ve just drawn a basic cartoon hand πŸ™‚

2) An open hand that is facing towards the viewer:

Just follow the first four steps of the previous guide (so that you’ve got an outline of a hand). But, when you’ve got your outline, don’t add knuckles or fingernails.

Instead, just add a small curved line underneath the thumb – like this:

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 6

3) A closed hand facing away from the viewer:

This one is ridiculously easy. All you have to do is to shorten the fingers (but not the thumb) that are clenched. Like this:

Heavy metal!  \m/

Heavy metal! \m/

It’s that simple. In addition to this, if you want to show someone clenching their thumb, then just replace the thumb with a single curved line that looks like this:

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 8

4) A closed hand facing towards the viewer:

With this, all you have to do is to replace any clenched fingers with long oval shapes. Like this:

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 9

If the thumb is clenched, then it should point downwards. Like this:

2014 Artwork Hand drawing example 10

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Sorry that this article was so short and so basic, but I hope it was useful πŸ™‚

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