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Human Reference: Hands and Fingers by CGCookie Human Reference: Hands and Fingers by CGCookie

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Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

This reference resource gives some tips and step by step visual guides on how to draw and shade the hand and fingers.

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Anspire Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Thanks for creating such a good tutorial! I am an aspiring artist and YouTuber and your tutorial was featured in one of my videos:…

If you like it and are a pay-it-forward type of person, I would appreciate a little help getting the word about my channel out. Anyway, keep up the great work! I love deviantART!
TheSkyIsFallingDown Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
feet tutorial please? :)
CGCookie Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
for a free demo of drawing hands check out our livestream from a few weeks back.…
saskia80 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
super nice
Pachumaster Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that knucke rule, ner though of it, awesome
OniricInk Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wow thanks!
twins-potatoes Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2015
what I thought : " stop setting unrealistic standarts, real hands have curves"

Why do I always make lames jokes
Lawli-Art Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015   General Artist
So helpful!!!
Agorixel Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thx you
Ayareturn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
aligator :3 or thank you =p
MeTheSparfox132 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the hand. X3
milaink Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
thank you very much! it will be very helpful! Clap Heart 
CobaltTheLioness Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's also got to mention that in women, the ring finger is shorter than it is in men. The ring finger is basically the same length as the index finger.
Astarsia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm not true... i'm a girl and my ring fingers are both about 1cm longer than my index finger.
CobaltTheLioness Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really just depends on genetics and also how you rest your hand. If I have my hand in a certain position, then my ring finger looks longer. So, this may not apply to some people.
Astarsia Featured By Owner Edited Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree, angles makes a big impact. but when i'm looking at my hand dead on in front of me, my ring finger is longer.
Astarsia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
straight hand by Astarsia  angled hand by Astarsia
Observer-of-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student General Artist
seriously the hand in the left corner
is that a photo??
btw very helpfull *^*
CGCookie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
haha nope not a photo! hope the resource helped!
Observer-of-Reality Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student General Artist
woah thats..really amazing 0.0
and yes it totally helped thanks a lot man ♥
ebaldych Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
That's a cool tutorial, but it lacks the most important and easiest method.
Place your left hand on the paper, take pencil into your right hand and draw around the shadow. Voila!
Seeing how there's only left hand in the picture, you used this one didn't you?
Sorry for mocking.
Great tutorials, helping a lot.
OceanParadice Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hands can be VERY difficult and stubborn, but you make them look SOOOOOOOO easy!!!!
The0rigin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The one hand in the corner looks really realistic, but I don't get why someone needs something like this if you have one on each arm xD 
AmethystForge Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
hands are the most frequent thing I'm criticized on in my art.  thank you for this tutorial :D :D
The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist Referenced from this. Thanks for sharing!
prechoco Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh- thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :D
CGCookie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are welcome, welcome, welcome ;]
Prakorimas Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Another great tutorial! It will allow me to draw hands much more easily!

Thank you for sharing!
Arahiriel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, a very good hand tutorial.
AbyssalSerpent Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Writer
Finally, a tutorial that mentions basic shapes and the golden ratio!
multi08 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I really love your tutorials, but actually fingers don't look like that. The upper segments of the fingers don't bend down, they bend slightly upwards in a flat curve. Also while you name the right measurement in the green area, you don't follow that rule in the part about the bendy bits. And the lower bits of the fingers are not equally bend down in the single parts. segment 1 often has a bigger "belly", while segment 2 has the rounding closer to the end of the finger to make room for the "belly" of segment 1, segment 3 is made of 3 curves, often forming a little "lip" that is important for the grip and to be more flexible when touching things. 

I really appreciate that you provide free tutorial sheets, but they should be an accurate reference as well. 
chuckles-the-cat Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
^Good points!
smothness Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Hands are so hard! Thank you!
Akemi-shin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial 

MissApiphany Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
AnbuScream Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student General Artist
La la la la Thank You La la la la 
Zalagath Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
piggy-tails Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hands are a serious weakness of mine, thank you for such a wonderful reference, I've already noticed a few things that say "aha!" to me!
KomatsuzakiAya Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have longer finger :D ha ha
Cool tutorial !
GUZMAN-TANCO Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thank you for the images, always they come well, also I am going to show them to my children.
Evertonzomer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
many thanks man !
whiteshadow13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
thank you so much! the breakdown to simple shapes that you do on your deviantions is simply great.
thank you!
FantasyAqua Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much !
Maaronn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Jadeyfish Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful, thank you :)
KamE-pig Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks a lot!
Atrocious-Freak Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the people who make these guides - they are most helpful, especialy this one, since drawing hands is one of the hardest things, at least, for me it is :)
Cheers, matey :3
CGCookie Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad to hear that!
Agent-87 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this reference.
FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks, i found the info about the knuckles and webbing most helpful! :)
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