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How to Draw a Hand Step by Step: Pointing Finger (Uncle Sam Point)    (Released in 2010, January)
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You have three resources to work from. 1.) the video 2.) The step by step directions on this page 3.) A printable PDF (Link at bottom) with step by step directions. Take your time! I have noticed that the most successful students look at their reference image more often. Remind yourself to look at the reference image at least once for every five seconds (This is especially important during the shading). If you get stuck, refer to the video. Leave a comment at the bottom and let me know how you did! If you want to E-Mail me a picture of your work. I will post it on this page! Good Luck!

How to Draw a Pointing Hand (Step by Step)

How to draw the hand 1

Step 1: Make three ovals that get slightly smaller (from top to bottom).

How to draw the hand step by step 2

Step 2: Do your best to observe this reference picture and put in these three connected shapes. Notice the angle that the top and bottom lines slope towards each other.

How to draw a hand step by step 3

Step 3: Observe the picture (above) and put in the four lines. Notice the direction of each of their curves.

How to draw hand step by step 5

Step 4: Put in the shape for the pointer finger. The small banana shape that you see to the left is the fingernail. Do not close the top!

Draw hand step by step 5

Step 5: Close the shape to create the knuckles.

How to draw the hand step by step 6

Step 6: Put in the triangle shape above the pointer finger.

How to draw the ponting hand step by step 7

Step 7: Close the shape at the top by connecting the top of the banana shape with the top of the triangle. Notice the creases of skin on the foreshortened finger.

How to draw the pointing hand step by step 8

Step 8: Put in the shape that sort of looks like a birds head from the side.

how to draw the hand step by step 9

Step 9: Make a kite shape below the beak of the bird head shape.

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Step 10: Close the shape Steps

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shading the hand how to drawing step by step

12 shading the hand step by step

11 and 12: Start the shading by using the method of cross hatching. Cross hatching is a series of lines from the pencils tip (watch the video). I started out my shading with a regular #2 Pencil (also known as a HB pencil) Steps

shading the hand step by step 13

14 shading the hand step by step

13 and 14: Use a blending stump (also known as a Tortillion) or a Q-Tip to smudge the pencil lines. Continue to cross hatch over what you smudge to create strong shadows.

shading the hand 15

drawing and shading the hand 16

Steps 15 and 16: The darkest areas will be the area under the pointer finger and the area that I am blending in photo 16. The creases of the foreshortened area of the pointer finger is also quite dark.

shading the hand 17 drawing

drawing and shading the hand 18

Steps 17 and 18: To finish, I used a 2B and 4B pencil to put in the darkest tones.



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Good Luck! -Merrill Kazanjian

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