How to Draw Holding Hands

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How to Draw Holding Hands
Hands Holding Each Other (Alina Bradford)

Many artists think that drawing hands is one of the toughest parts of human anatomy. So, drawing interlinked hands may seem even harder. Actually, it can be quite easy if you plan your angles before you draw and use the marks as guides throughout the drawing.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Start the drawing by sketching the angles that the fingers and thumbs make. Don't worry about details or overlapping. This step takes the confusion out of the shapes. Draw this step with a soft pencil that is easy to erase, such as a large number 2 pencil.

    How to Draw Holding Hands
    Step 1
  2. 2

    Draw the thumbs around their angle marks. The thumbs are basically large "U" shapes.

    How to Draw Holding Hands
    Step 2
  3. 3

    Draw the fingers using the angle marks that you drew, as shown in the illustration.

    How to Draw Holding Hands
    Step 3
  4. 4

    Add the hole in the hands between the thumbs by looking at the wrinkles that makes up the hole. Draw the wrinkles as overlapping "J" shapes.

    How to Draw Holding Hands
    Step 4
  5. 5

    Erase any extra angle lines and add details such as nails and skin folds. The skin folds usually look like three lines on taunt skin and like overlapping "J'" shapes on loose skin. Add shading depending on your light source.

    How to Draw Holding Hands
    Step 5

Tips and warnings

  • Drawing angles can help when drawing any hand situation.

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