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How to Draw Praying Hands Step by Step    (Released in 2011, January)
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Step 1: Draw the three shapes that you see. The bottom resembles a bowl, the middle is trapezoidal the top is triangular. Together, these shapes resemble a christmas tree.

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Step 2: Add the double shape for the thumbs. Notice that the closer thumb is the exact height of the trapezoid.

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Step 3: Add the palm of the right hand.

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Step 4: Add the fingers of the right hand.

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Step 5: Add the shapes at the bottom.

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Step 6: This is a tricky and important step. We are carving out fingers. Use the lines left from previous steps as comparison points. Notice that the fingertips go above and outside of the triangle shape. Also notice where the lines that separate the fingers, end in the trapezoid shape. Here is a close up.

CLOSE UP of step six


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Step 7: Add the details on the right hand. Here is a close up.

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Step 8: Now, we are going to put in the shapes for shading. DO NOT feel the pressure to be exact. If its slightly different than mine, IT IS OK!!!!.....Lets start with the thumb. Add the shadow shapes that you see. DO NOT press too hard on the pencil.

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Step 9: Add the shading to the lower part of the left hand.

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Step 10: Shade the middle of the right hand.

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Step 11: Shade lightly between the fingers.

Durer Hands 12 Draw Fingernails

Step 12: Add the fingernails and the oval shapes at mid finger. Notice that the oval shapes are not parallel with each other.

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Step 13 Add the shading to the palm and wrist of the left hand.

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Step 14: Add the shading to the top of the left hand.

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Step 15 Shade the fingers of the left hand.

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">15-Piece Drawing Set

15-Piece Drawing Set

Merrill's Opinion: Faber-Castell makes the best drawing pencils. These pencils are mixed with graphite and clay and enhance an artists ability to create and layer dark tones. You will see me use this set in almost all of my videos. 

Lyra Graphite Crayons

Lyra Graphite Crayons

Merrill's Opinion: Do you ever get TIRED of shading with a fine "tip" pencil? Get my "point"? This tool will save you time and money.

Click "MORE" to see me use this product in a video-

Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes

Robert Simmons White Sable Brushes

Merrill's Opinion: Robert Simmons brushes get better with age. These synthetic brushes collect particles of graphite as they are rubbed on a piece of paper. This enables me to softly move and blend tones. Most often I use the "Flat Size 10" brush but it helps to have a variety of sizes and shapes. 


Loew-Cornell Blending Stumps

Loew-Cornell Blending Stumps

Merrill's Opinion- INVALUBLE tools for blending! These will cost you LESS than a trip on the subway (Less than 2 dollars) and enhance your shading capacity substantially! I like Leow-Cornell because the stump is more compact and the tips do not wear as easily as other brands. I use these tools in almost every one of my videos.

Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper

Blick White Sulphite Drawing Paper

Merrill's Opinion: Really, I DARE YOU, try to find a better value than this one! 500 sheets of 80LB (thick) drawing paper for $11.50. AMAZING DEAL!......If you use computer paper to create your drawings, you are ROBBING yourself from seeing what you can really do! This paper has more "tooth" (texture on the surface) than computer paper and your ability to shade will be enhanced.

Step 16: Use the blending stump (tortillion) to smudge the edges of the shapes (see the process in the video above)


Step 17: Fingers are rounded shapes. Use the blending stump to smudge the lines between the fingers. Leave some space for a highlight towards the left (your left); where the light is coming from.


Step 18: The shading should get darker as you move from left to right. Press a little harder and use the higher number B pencils. I used a 2B and 6B pencil as I progressed.  


Step 19: By now, your drawing should look similar to this. The bony structure of the back of the hand is starting to get "defined". Use your eraser and HB pencil to draw what you see here. Do your best, this is a DIFFICULT task; but it gets easier if you look back at your reference image often.


Step 20: Now, Start pressing a little bit harder with your B pencils (2B.3B,4B,5B,6B,7B,8B). Focus on the edges.


Step 21: NOTICE the DIFFERENCE of EDGES. They are NOT all the same!!!!!! Some are hard, some are soft, some are dark, some are light.


Step 22: USE THE ERASER! It is a fantastic drawing tool. In the video you will see me use a kneaded eraser as well as the one on the back of a pencil.


Step 23 is optional. I decided to shade the background to bring the highlights out on the hand. WHITE highlights on WHITE background does not work!!!!!!


Step 24: Its OK to use your fingers..........Sometimes......but especially at the end of a drawing rather than the beginning (the oils in your hand will affect the paper at the beginning of a drawing).

I also dedided (very late) to add the shirt sleeve. MY BAD!!! See the video (above) for tips on this.

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