How to Draw a Sideways Fist

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How to Draw a Sideways Fist
A side view of a clenched fist (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Drawing a fist from the side perspective gives viewers a glimpse of both the shaded interior and contoured exterior of the hand in this position. Regardless of how experienced you may be with realistically recreating the human hand in this way, be patient as you work through each section of the hand. A model or picture of a sideways, clenched fist will also help you in drawing every detail the best you can.

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Things you need

  • Drawing pad
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Model or picture of a clenched fist

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  1. 1

    Sketch a rounded oval to give you a basic idea of how big the sideways fist will appear on the page. Use light pencil marks to define this area so that you may erase this guideline once you are finished drawing the hand.

  2. 2

    Draw the thumb at the very bottom of this sketched oval, because this part of the hand will likely overlap everything else on this clenched fist. Make light pencil marks around the knuckle of the thumb and the areas where this finger bends. If the fingernail is visible in the picture or model you are using as a reference guide, lightly sketch this feature as well.

  3. 3

    Draw the index finger as it falls into place with the thumb, making a diagonal line up to the point of the rounded knuckle. Notice the way the creases of the finger appear once the finger has been bent and tucked into the palm of the hand.

  4. 4

    Sketch the middle finger, if visible, as the clenched fist is turned sideways. The knuckle of this finger should rise slightly above the knuckle of the index finger, whereas the backside of this finger slopes into the back of the hand.

  5. 5

    Draw out the backside of the hand down to the point where the wrist would meet this body feature. Clean up any rough areas of the sideways fist, such as the connecting point at the thumb and index finger.

  6. 6

    Trace the sideways fist with an ink pen to create a bolder look with your drawing. Carefully move the pen over the intended areas, ensuring that you trace the hand as accurately as possible. Let the ink dry, then erase all guidelines and other pencil markings from the page completely.

  7. 7

    Shade the areas that are tucked into the fist to create a more realistic drawing. Use either the pen or the pencil; they offer differing effects. Create cross-hatched lines with the pen for a shaded technique or use the pressure of the pencil for the desired look.

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