How to Draw Hands for Character Design and Illustration

So you want to draw hands for your character illustrations and… Dang! It’s hard. But there are easy ways to look at a difficult problem.

Creating characters is not about accurate life drawing as a serious Artist – (capital A!).

Many characters only ever need one or two hand-shapes for a whole book or series. Practice those hands and you can soon be drawing them easily.

Even more complicated characters only ever need a small library of hand positions, so concentrate on learning those.

rashidrafsan6117  asked me – “can you make a video about drawing hands and heads.. I really love your art style.. I am struggling to come up with new character ideas and drawing hands.”

Hands are notoriously difficult to draw. They are so versatile, can take up an infinite number of positions and can be viewed from every angle too.

You really need to study hands and draw lots of them, but take heart. Characters are not primarily about art but about telling a story. Make that compelling and you can “get away” with learning to draw only a few hand positions and then learn new ones if you absolutely have to.

In this video I discuss hands drawn by great children’s book illustrators and then show basic hand construction and how you can learn to draw your own hands quite quickly.

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00:01:11 Little Horrors

00:01:30 Literary Life

00:02:01 Julius Baby of the World

00:02:28 Cat in the hat 00:03:20 Dorothy’s Dream.

00:03:44 The Man who wore all his clothes.

00:04:12 Eat your Peas.

00:04:45 The house that Jack built 00:06:06 Flower Fairies.